Hundreds of people gathered on Nelson Mandela Park on Sunday to send a message to world leaders about climate change. Families, friends and local groups all came together holding green hearts and home made banners, such as ‘Earn Less, Buy Less, Trash Less, Live More’ and ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’.
On 23 September, world leaders are gathering in New York for a landmark climate summit called by the head of the UN. In Leicester a group photograph was taken which will be displayed to the world leaders in New York alongside photographs of similar events held around the world.
Christian Aid, Quakers, Friends of the Earth, Green Party, Transition Leicester, Green Peace, Sustainable Leicester were just some of the groups present at the event, calling for wold leaders to start taking climate change seriously.
Anne Scott from Greenlight MSC who organised the event said, “We are gathered here in Leicester, joining with people from across the UK and globally to send a message to world leaders, that we do care about climate change and that we want action to happen now, as serious action is needed”
“We are heading towards a catastrophic disaster, global warming is massive when you look at the repercussions from it, such as rising sea levels from polar ice caps melting, extreme weather conditions, and the campaign is calling for 100% green energy, as at the moment we have 20% clean energy throughout the world, but we need to increase that and it needs to be a much bigger proportion”
Speaking about the turnout she added, “Its awesome, its amazing, there are so many different groups represented here and they are all here linked together to show how important this issue is”