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Scotland's Climate March

January 2016

More than 5,000 people marched through Edinburgh on Saturday 28 November as part of a global weekend of climate action.

Christian Aid supporters in Princes Street Gardens  

Global climate deal

In December, world leaders met in Paris in an attempt to finalise a global deal to tackle climate change. These talks presented an important opportunity for people across the world to stand up for what matters to them.

On the eve of the talks, over 5,000 people came together in Edinburgh for Scotland's Climate March and to demand that the Scottish and UK Governments act to combat climate change by cutting carbon emissions and providing support to those developing countries which are suffering most.

Scotland's campaigners joined hundreds of thousands of others in cities around the world, from Pretoria to Tokyo and from São Paulo to Madrid, in making a bold statement about the level of ambition the world expected to see at the negotiations in Paris.

March and rally

Campaigners assembled on Edinburgh's Meadows and marched through the Old Town to a rally at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens which featured music and a number of speeches.

Tom Ballantine, chairman of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a coalition of 60 organisations which includes Christian Aid Scotland, said: 'we are proud that so many people in Scotland are coming together to show they care about the fate of others across the world and that they want to protect the planet that we all rely on.

'Scotland and the UK as a whole benefited massively from the era of fossil fuels - now we need to take our fair share of responsibility for the world's growing climate crisis.

'At next week's United Nations talks in Paris, international leaders will attempt to agree a deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.'

The rally also featured speakers from all of Scotland's main political parties, including the Scottish Government's Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod MSP.

Later, Voltaire Alferez, a representative from one of Christian Aid's partner organisations in the Philippines, addressed the crowds and was subsequently mentioned in this parliamentary motion.

View photos of Scotland's Climate March

Scotland's Climate March

Find out more

For more information about our climate change campaigning in Scotland, email Diane Green, Christian Aid Scotland Campaigns Officer, or call her on 0141 241 6136.


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