50,000 Climate Protestors in LondonTagged as: climatecamp climatechange cop15 cop15imc copout environmentalism wave
Published by group: Imc London Features
Ahead of the main Wave demonstration, the Climate emergency bike ride organised by Campaign Against Climate Change started out at 10am from Lincolns Inn, bringing together 200 cyclists, two sound systems, with police in attendance [pics video and report] [twitpic], passing by the BP HQ where speeches were made and ending up at the Climate Emergency Rally in Hyde Park [videos]. Earlier thousands had gathered for an interfaith service and other feeder events.
At noon, thousands of people assembled at Grosvenor Square for the 'Splashdance!' [twitpic] and speeches [Audioboo 1 | 2] and departed for Parliament at 1pm. The march reached a massive 50,000, more people than had been anticipated originally by organisers (despite this much of the mainstream media reported a figure of 20,000). The protest gomes ahead of the Cop15 Climate conference in Copenhagen next week. See Wave Flickr Pool.
Indymedia London received reports from people on the streets about the large assortment of environmental, trade union and faith groups from around the UK - including an anti-capitalist bloc, a (spoof) carbon traders bloc [gallery] nuns on tricycles, and sound systems.
The Wave took place as scheduled at 3pm, with Parliament surrounded, and more speeches were made next to the bus near Big Ben. Similar protests took place in other cities with around 10000 marching in Glasgow, 15,000 in Brussels [pics] as well as marches in other countries.
Camp for Climate Action asked protestors to assemble at Jubilee Gardens via text and tweets shortly after 3pm for the Cop Out Camp Out action. A subsequent announcement at 16:05 told campers to head to Trafalgar Square. At the time of publishing, a camp has been established, with two tripods, marquees, toilets, a kitchen, tents going up. See seperate COP Out feature.
Photo from WWF Flickr group