Live coverage of the people’s climate march as millions across the world are expected to take to the streets ahead of the Paris climate change summit
- Sydney to Seattle, via Hong Kong, Berlin, London and Sao Paulo, march on Sunday
- Keep it in the ground: the Guardian’s climate change campaign
- Interactive: why we are joining the global climate march
It was a very peaceful, family-oriented affair in Canberra, as people brought their children to march with them from Parliament House to the tent embassy, near Old Parliament House.
Police estimate around 3,000 people showed up, while protesters think the number is closer to 6,000. Canberrans are fairly cautious about protesting, as many are public servants and are often reluctant to make political statements.
The Canberra Times now estimates there are more than 5,000 people taking part in the march there.
An enterprising cyclist at the Adelaide rally:
The Sydney rally is underway, with thousands already in attendance and many more still arriving:
Much more multi-coloured than the Hyde Park beginnings, people in all manner of colours, lots of associated causes: anti-nuclear, church groups, refugee groups.
One guy has a mallard on his head, and a tree growing out of his backpack.
Hello Hobart! Tasmanian marchers are also assembling, with a minute’s silence for Paris, which is hosting this week’s climate talks, but – after the terrorist attacks of 13 November – will not be holding its own climate march:
My colleague Ben Doherty is with the Sydney marchers and sends this dispatch from the start line:
At the Sydney march, there are red shirts everywhere. Solid, if not yet spectacular numbers are gathering at the north end of Hyde Park, and marching into the Domain in bright sunshine.
Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, who brought her own phalanx of rosily-attired Young Laborites, gave a rangy press conference at which she rejected the ‘heroic’ label Malcolm Turnbull affixed to Labor’s emissions targets (it wasn’t meant as a compliment, Plibersek seems to suspect).
Sydney marchers are also warming up – as is the weather, with that blue sky deciding to put in an appearance after all – and is expected to be the biggest Australian march of the day. Will NSW be able to best Melbourne’s 40,000+ from Friday?
Reader Tim Senior and friends are well stocked with placards for the Sydney rally:
My colleague Shalailah Medhora is at the Canberra march, which has just started. She estimates there are around 3,000 people there so far:
Many thousands of people marched in New Zealand on Saturday, with more events today: check here for those listings.
An estimated 7,000 turned out in Wellington:
We know already what the biggest emitters have committed to:
It’s Canberra’s turn now, and again it looks to be a very healthy turnout under a beautiful blue sky (it’s rather grey here in Sydney, not that that should put anyone off):
The Adelaide rally is underway and it’s a good turnout, estimated in the thousands:
Avaaz, the campaign group behind the march, says more than 120,000 people have already taken part – with thousands of rallies yet to take place on Sunday, the main day of action.
Thousands of people were marching through Melbourne’s CBD on Friday evening in what is expected to the largest in a series of climate change protests being held throughout Australia over the weekend.
They gathered in front of the state library and, as the lawns filled with protesters putting finishing touches on their placards, they took to the surrounding roads just in time for peak hour.
After the terrorist attacks of 13 November, the meeting of world leaders in the French capital beginning on Monday has an added poignancy.
But the COP 21 talks – it stands for conference of the parties, the yearly United Nations climate change conference; this is the 21st – will focus on hammering out a new global agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and with them the threat of climate change.
Some Australian cities have already met and marched, with Melbourne getting in first on Friday evening, and Darwin and Brisbane on Saturday. I’ll have reports and pictures from those marches on this live blog shortly, along with news from New Zealand, which held most of its events on Saturday too.
Here’s the line-up for today:
Welcome to live coverage of the global climate march – a continent-spanning series of rallies which organisers hope will see millions of people join to highlight the need for a worldwide consensus on tackling climate change ahead of the COP21 talks in Paris, which open tomorrow.
I’ll be kicking off this live blog from Sydney, handing over later to colleagues in London and New York, and aiming to bring you updates from marches in all those places and everywhere in between.Continue reading...
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Rather, the growth has resulted from a complicated interaction between capitalism and science and technology, of necessity publicly funded, creating wave after wave of transformations in the character of our economic base and the quality and quantity of what it produces.Continue reading...
Prime minister derides Labor’s pledge to cut 2005 carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 as unrealistic and ‘a political rather than an environmental statement’
Labor’s target on climate change is “heroic” and aimed at making a political point rather than helping the environment, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said.Continue reading...
Britain will enter the Paris climate change talks this week with its credentials as a responsible, low-emission power generator in tatters. That is the stark conclusion of one of the country’s leading energy experts, Professor Stuart Haszeldine of Edinburgh University.
Haszeldine believes George Osborne’s last-minute decision to axe the government’s £1bn support for a scheme to capture and bury carbon dioxide emissions from power stations was a final act that utterly undermined British negotiators’ status in Paris.Continue reading...
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Thirty-five protesters occupy 1840s room at London gallery two days before UN climate change talks open in Paris
Climate change activists have occupied part of Tate Britain, where they have started to tattoo each other in protest at BP’s sponsorship of the gallery.
Tate has closed the 1840s gallery where 35 activists have set themselves up and started to tattoo each other with the numbers of the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere in the year they were born. They estimate it will take all day to complete the tattoos.Continue reading...
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It is unlikely that when the British and American governments issue new dietary guidelines the advice will be quite so succinct, or sensible.Continue reading...
France steps up diplomatic efforts to get consensus on a global deal six days before official talks conclude
Negotiators at key UN climate talks in Paris that open next week are being told by the French government they must iron out their main differences six days before the end of the talks, according to the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.Continue reading...
Heat proves no obstacle to the reported 15,000 demonstrators in Auckland, or the 5,000 in Brisbane, following a 40,0000-strong Melbourne event on Friday
Thousands of people have marched in Brisbane and more were planning to march in Darwin on Saturday, following Friday’s 40,000-strong rally in Melbourne. Crowd reports in Brisbane varied from 5,000 to 10,000.
The People’s Climate March – a worldwide event – took place on Saturday, and organisers said thousands took part in 35 New Zealand centres – the smallest being on Raoul Island, where the island’s entire population of seven turned out.Continue reading...
Air pollution in the Chinese capital has reached more than 15 times the safe level as smog engulfs large parts of the country
Beijing’s residents have been advised to stay indoors after air pollution in the Chinese capital reached hazardous levels.
The warning comes as the governments of more than 190 nations gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change.Continue reading...
Australian PM urges his fellow leaders to sign up to a climate change statement and agrees to contribute $1m to help poorer nations respond to its effects
Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has encouraged other Commonwealth leaders to send a powerful signal to other nations that strong climate change action is needed.Continue reading...
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There is no shortage of pessimists. Mark Carney recently spoke of climate change as the “tragedy of the horizon”. Humans have an enormous capacity for failing to do what we know in our hearts we need to. As Ibsen’s Peer Gynt said: “To think it, wish it, even want it – but do it! No, that I cannot understand.”
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French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week
At least 24 climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned.
One legal adviser to the activists said many officers raided his Paris apartment and occupied three floors and a staircase in his block.
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Vi siktar mot att bli ett av världens första fossilfria välfärdsländer som visar att det inte bara är nödvändigt att leva utan fossila bränslen, utan att det också är efterfrågat
Vi siktar mot att bli ett av världens första fossilfria välfärdsländer som visar att det inte bara är nödvändigt att leva utan fossila bränslen, utan att det också är efterfrågat.
Världen kan tackla klimatförändringen, men det är ont om tid. Sverige siktar på att bli ett av världens första fossilfria välfärdsländer. Med vårt initiativ Fossilfritt Sverige utmanar vi nu andra länder att göra likadant.Continue reading...
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