People Across the Globe Protest to Save the Environment

People Across the Globe Protest to Save the Environment

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 - 05:45
Environmental activists protest in front of the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, where the Bangkok Climate Change Conference took place, September 4, 2018. Soe Zeya Tun, Reuters
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 90 countries are expected to take part in demonstrations this weekend to protest the failure of politicians to tackle the global environmental crisis.

Organizers say more than 800 events, including marches, street theater, acts of civil disobedience, and mini festivals will take place in towns and cities amid growing frustration at the lack of meaningful political action over the emerging climate breakdown.

Nick Bryer from campaign group 350.org, which is organizing the event, said: “Politicians are failing. They are still protecting the interests of the fossil fuel companies over the interests of people, despite mounting evidence of the devastation these companies and this system is causing the planet.”

He said the day of global demonstrations was about people around the world “rising up and demanding a different cause of action, a different future which puts people and a sustainable future before the interests of these huge corporations”.

In the UK, events will be organized in cities like London, Wigan, and Hastings.

Jane Thewlis, from Fossil Free West Yorkshire, which is organizing an event in Bradford, said: “We have the Peace Artistes, a brilliant jazz band.”

Thewlis said the same policies that are damaging the lives of poor people in Bradford were driving the destruction of the planet and killing marginalized people around the world. “These young people are making those links, and that’s why we have specifically got young, working class people of color to talk on Saturday. We hope that these young people will form their own environmental group following the event and build a sustainable movement.”

Similar events are taking place in Cornwell, Wales and Brighton.

The protests come ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that starts in San Francisco next week and will gather politicians and city leaders from around the world.

The group 350.org organized protests in conjunction with the United Nations talks in Bangkok.

About 200 protesters gathered outside the UN building in Bangkok, where officials sought to revive the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Saturday's demonstrations were joined by dozens of workers and fishermen affected by sea-level rise, raising samples of their products and signs demanding strong intervention to preserve the environment.

“I came here today to ask the government to put the beach erosion matter on its national agenda," said one of the protesters.

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