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  • Some 320 environmental groups and organizations plan marches across the globe.

    Some 320 environmental groups and organizations plan marches across the globe. | Photo: Rise for The Climate

Published 8 September 2018

The biggest protests are predicted to occur in the French capital Paris, where an unprecedented 195 countries inked an environmental accord, on December 2015.

Over 90 countries across the globe are expected to host demonstrations for International Day of Action on Climate on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in international cities and towns to protest governments’ inaction regarding climate change.

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About 320 environmental groups and organizations, across the globe, will assemble for some 800 or more events – including marches, street theater performances, acts of civil disobedience and mini-festivals – taking place during the demonstrations against political indifference over gradual environment breakdown.

In the UK,  events are expected in cities from London to Wigan as well as Bradford to Durham.

“We have a brilliant jazz band the Peace Artistes which are well-known round here and the focus is divestment and a celebration of what has already been achieved from New York to Ireland,” one organizer, Jane Thewlis, from Fossil Free West Yorkshire, said. Thewlis added that the group hopes to persuade councils to divest their pension funds from fossil fuels.

The biggest protests are predicted to occur in the French capital Paris, where an unprecedented 195 countries inked an environmental accord, on December 2015, at the noted COP21 summit. Approximately 100,000 people are expected to turn out to the march. Events in other European cities including Copenhagen, Brussels and Lisbon are also expected to attract large crowds.

On another continent, Colombians are planning to join the massive global mobilization with the 'Septimazo clima-Bogota resiste', a rally exacted to shed light on existing high levels of air pollution in the capital city.

Activities across the Latin American state will take place under the slogan 'For a world without dams and without fossil fuels.' The activities are scheduled to kick off at about 2:00 p.m. along a route from the national park to the Parque de Los Hippies.

The cataclysmic environmental conflicts caused by Colombia’s Hidroituango dam project, which is being constructed near the Cauca River in Bajo Cauca Antioquia, will feature prominently among the demonstrations in the popular department. 

Prior to International Day of Action on Climate, a large group of people converged on the streets of New York City Thursday to demand that city and state officials do more to stop fossil fuel projects as well as support renewable energy and penalize corporate polluters.

“Just in the last few months alone, we’ve seen record-setting wildfires in California. We’ve seen the Arctic burning. We’ve experienced punishing heat waves right here in New York. This is not sustainable! This is not sustainable. This is not inevitable. And this is not acceptable,” one protester explained.

The worldwide climate change events come ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit scheduled for September 13-14, 2018 in California, United States. The summit will follow a six-day United Nations Climate Change Conference, attended by some 2,000 delegates from 196 countries, just convened in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday.


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