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Climate justice rally kicks off Durban talks

By Laura Trevelyan | 28 November 2011

Christian Aid staff and partners are among thousands of delegates from across the world who have descended on Durban, South Africa, for the United Nations climate change talks that begin today.

Durban rallyFor many of us, though, Durban started last night with a vibrant rally in the rugby stadium in Durban.

Activists from across Africa and around the world came together to dance to Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Yvonne Chaka Chaka and to hear from global faith leaders.

For over a year, the Time For Climate Justice campaign (that Christian Aid is a founding member of) has been collecting photos calling for climate justice, and at the rally Desmond Tutu handed these over to UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres.

In an emotional speech Figueres reminded us that this is a long process but that we can take a step forward here in Durban.

It was a truly inspiring event and even the rain at the end didn’t dampen the spirits!

With the calls for climate justice resonating in our ears we now turn our attention to the UN talks themselves and to our task of making sure the energy and passion for climate justice shown at the rally penetrates into the more hushed corridors of the conference.

Christian Aid is at the UN meetings to call for the developed nations to sign up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol – in other words for the richest nations to agree to legally binding emissions cuts and make sure that the poorest’s right to develop is safeguarded.

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Laura Trevelyan

Laura Trevelyan is our climate justice campaign manager

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