We did it! Despite losing our flagship Paris event, this weekend's Global Climate March still broke records as thelargest climate mobilisation in history! From São Paulo to Sydney, 785,000 of us shook the ground in over 2,300 events in 175 countries, united in one voice calling for a 100% clean energy future to save everything we love. It was front page media worldwide, and the impact is already being felt at the summit here in Paris.
It’s nearly impossible to describe the powerful and diverse beauty of humanity that rose up yesterday, but these photos help :
This is the movement our world has been waiting for. Many countries, from Bangladesh to Ireland, saw the largest climate marches in their history. In Australia, 120,000 people marched, in India, over 100,000. And in towns across the planet small groups of us joined together in beautiful local events. Even in Sana'a, Yemen, organisers went ahead with their march despite bombs falling close to the route !
From top left : Melbourne, Helsinki, Berlin, Jakarta, Bogota, Amsterdam.
In France, massive planned marches of over 500,000 people were cancelled for security concerns, but Avaazers rallied to collect and display over 20,000 shoes of people who wanted to march -- including the Pope’s and the UN Secretary General’s! -- placed at the Place de la Republique, right on the doorstep of the climate talks :
Global climate marches were covered by hundreds of major news outlets and made the front pages from Al Jazeera to the New York Times.
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