On Sunday 21st September Birmingham residents, including local campaigners, joined hundreds of thousands of protesters worldwide in a day of action against climate change.
The People’s Climate March was well-attended worldwide and organisers of the protest have reported that 2646 solidarity events in 162 countries took place on Sunday, making it the largest climate march in history.
The Birmingham protest, which began at Chamberlain Square, was attended by activists from a number of groups including the Green Party, Birmingham Climate Justice, the Frack Off campaign, and Birmingham Friends of the Earth.
Actions were taken in Victoria Square as well, where Birmingham Climate Justice put up a banner directly in front of Birmingham City Council, and protesters gathered to chant their demands for action on climate change.
People attending the Vintage Wedding Fair inside Birmingham City Council were drawn to the protest as a result of the mobilisation in Victoria Square, and several took up the cause, standing with protesters.
The protest was organised in anticipation of the historic summit on climate change called for by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which is due to take place in New York on 23rd September.
World leaders are invited to attend the summit in order“to galvanize and catalyze climate action.” The Secretary-General himself joined protesters on the street in Manhattan, along with well-known activists and media personalities including Jane Goodall and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The global day of action was an enormous success which Birmingham Friends of the Earth are proud to have participated in. We are optimistic that the coming Climate Summit will engender meaningful action on climate change.