Time to Act 2015: the report back

 

Here’s a quick report back on the Time to Act march held on Saturday 7th March, in case you weren’t able to make it on the day.
People headed from Sheffield on a pre-booked train and a coach left from the University too. At the station there was a great send off from a courtesy of the SheffieldClimateSing flashmob choir. All that practicing whilst making the banners and lanterns paid off!

We met up in Lincoln’s Inn Fields with the other marchers, and started along the route to Parliament Square at 1pm. Sean Ashton was one of the Sheffield party which travelled down together. He said

“Being on the march with so many like-minded people standing up for the future of the planet, and listening to the speeches in Parliament Square was incredibly uplifting and heart-warming. I was filled with a sense of hope that if we join together we can make a difference and that protecting the environment could be the Zeitgeist for the 21st Century.”

Over 20, 000 people (the police estimate) were reported to have marched (and danced and sung) to let politicians know that we want action not words.
The national Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC) has published their own report from the day:

You can see more reports here (including Naomi Klein’s message to the rally) and here are CACC’s thoughts on what’s next.

Coverage in the press was disappointing but here are some of the reports which did make it: Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post.

And how about in Sheffield? Some SCA members are already planning to travel to Paris for the talks in December. Whilst at home, we continue to apply pressure locally with our campaigns, “Keep it in the ground”, “Climate jobs and warm homes”, “Go fossil free” and our latest, “Climate stories”. We’re running a competition to hear about the impact of climate change on your friends and families. Please hop over and take a look – and let your friends and family know too.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next event in May, with a speaker from Share Action to help us (that’s you and the Sheffield Climate Alliance) devise our campaign to encourage South Yorkshire Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Facebook and Twitter.