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Published on 7 December 2022

Campaigns graduate, Emily Arulappu, shares and reflects on her experience at the COP27 Global Day of Action in London.

At the height of the recent UN climate talks, COP27, people across the UK and around the world gathered in solidarity with Egyptian activists and our global neighbours who are suffering the most from the climate crisis.

A photograph of campaigners at Trafalgar Square. Banner on left reads: 'Faiths & Beliefs for Climate Justice'. Banner on top right reads: 'Quakers for Climate Justice'. Banner on bottom right reads: 'No More Fossil Fuels Amen'.

I joined the Global Day of Action in London, along with Christian Aid’s Prophetic Activists – a group of young adults taking part in a 6-month scheme to help them encourage their churches to get more active for climate justice. We were joined by thousands of people from all walks of life, united in our passion for climate justice.

Jade, one of the Prophetic Activists, reflected on why she felt it was important for young people like herself to campaign:

The decisions that are being made today will have long-lasting effects on our planet and on the future of all young people across the world – it is important our voices are heard.

- Jade Danaswamy Santiz, Prophetic Activist.

Our day began at Jubilee Gardens – demonstrating in front of Shell HQ. The profits of Shell, among other oil giants, have skyrocketed this year, all while communities suffer from the loss of homes, livelihoods and lives. It was significant to gather here, to boldly hold polluters accountable for the damages that they are profiting from. They must compensate the communities from the global South that are unfairly dealing with the damages.

Feeling energized from the demonstrations, we brought our energy with us as we marched through London. Each street we turned on, we chanted for climate justice! Passers-by showed their support by cheering with us, taking pictures, and beeping their horns. The atmosphere was electric.

A photograph of a young woman with a banner that read 'Systems Change NOT Climate Change'

Communities that are suffering the most from the climate crisis need to be compensated for the loss and damage that they’re facing. Polluters need to be held accountable for the damages they have caused.

By joining the international days of action and through action in our own communities, we can inspire each other to campaign and amplify the voices of the people on the frontlines of the crisis.

It was great to hear the news that a fund was agreed to be set up at COP27, the following weekend! It feels rewarding to know that we were part of this change, among many more who came before us, who have been campaigning for decades on climate reparations. This march was just one example of the power we all have when we come together!

Moving forward, I am feeling more determined than ever to campaign and ensure that this new loss and damage fund truly benefits the communities that need it the most. Working with Christian Aid and others, I will continue to amplify the voices of the global South to ensure that their needs are met.


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