Make Polluters Pay Action Day was powerful. You were powerful.
From Sterling to Salisbury and Totnes to Thetford you turned out in your droves to make polluters pay for climate related loss and damage.
Here, take a look for yourself.
What a lovely bunch you are!
It’s more important than ever that we speak out and show up for climate justice. It wasn’t lost on us that only a few days before the big day the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, announced the rowing back of Britain’s net zero commitments, watering down the country's climate pledges. Our sisters and brothers around the world have been calling for bold climate action from polluting nations like the UK for decades.
Jennifer Larbie, Christian Aid’s Head of UK Advocacy and Campaigns said:
These announcements will not deter us from campaigning on issues of climate justice. Quite the opposite, in fact.
But back to the day itself!
So many of you took part! It was wonderful to see activities happening simultaneously across the UK. We witnessed protests, pilgrimages, placard making and political lobbies.
In Salisbury, Clare Tawney took part in a placard making session followed by a demonstration in the town centre. She told the local paper:
You can read more about that here.
Meanwhile in Nottingham, Helena Tricy took part in a stunt calling for banks to end fossil fuel financing. She and others protested by acting like they were dying, collapsing to the floor in the city centre. She told the local press:
You can read more about that protest here.
And these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Genuinely, thank you for all of your campaigning.
We’re blessed to be part of a dedicated and driven movement of people.
So, what’s next?
In November, along with the Make Polluters Pay coalition, we’re hosting a Make Polluters Pay parliamentary event to keep the momentum going – there’s still time to invite your MP along. We’ll be sharing all of your activities as examples of how many people care about making polluters pay.
You can still take action today, by taking a picture of yourself with a sign that reads ‘Make Polluters Pay’. Make sure you use the #MakePollutersPay hashtag so we can add it to our wall.