Activists call to end use of fossil fuels
Paris: Thousands of activists from around the globe joined hands to form a human chain to ask the world to cut use of fossil fuel for making the earth a better living place.
International media reported nearly 10,000 people took part in the demonstration in Paris where global leaders have arrived to join the world climate summit to find ways for a deal to cut carbon emission .
“We joined hands today against climate change and violence,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org.
“People here in Paris, and hundreds of thousands who are taking part in climate marches worldwide, have a clear message for world leaders: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.”
The chain stretched all the way from the Oberkampf metro stop, just down the boulevard from Place de Republique, passed the Bataclan theater, where the tragic attacks of Nov. 13 took place, and down to Place de la Nation.
Parents, children, activists, members of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Zero Waste Europe, Zero Waste France and delegates to the COP21 climate talks from around the world joined hands together to call for peace and climate justice.
As the gathering took place in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people took part in Global Climate Marches around the world. Some of the largest marches drew thousands to tens of thousands of people in Dhaka, Quezon City, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairo, London, Tokyo, Barcelona, Berlin, Johannesburg and more.
Demonstrators called on politicians to end the use of fossil fuels and finance a just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
After the tragic attacks of Nov. 13, the French Authorities banned all public rallies and demonstrations, including the planned Paris Climate March. Members of the Climate Coalition 21, the coalition organizing the march, pulled together the human chain as a last minute alternative.