CAMPAIGNERS in Stratford are preparing to gather to demand rapid action against climate change.
The rally will take place at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (November 6), from 1.30pm, as world leaders continue to discuss how to tackle the global climate crisis at COP26 in Glasgow.
The march is organised by Stratford Climate Action, Stratford Friends of the Earth and Stratford Extinction Rebellion, under the umbrella of the COP26 Coalition, and coincides with other marches across Britain and around the world.
The event will begin with speeches from the groups before a march around the town, finishing outside Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi’s office.
The groups aim to deliver specific demands to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5°C.
A People’s Assembly in the Methodist Church will follow the event to discuss the climate emergency and how it can be tackled.
The Methodist Church Eco Group is also hosting an hour-long talk and discussion with Ian Shenton, chair of the district council’s Climate Change Panel, on the morning of the march from 10.30am. Coun Shenton will give an update on the council’s plans to fight climate change.
The group’s demands include:
· Act to limit heating to 1.5°C.
· Support a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty – ending all new exploration and production of coal, oil and gas.
· Developed countries to fund decarbonisation and green development in the developing world.
· Reverse cuts to local government and fund councils’ net zero plans.
· Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, and develop a nature recovery plan.
· Develop a plan to reduce meat and dairy consumption.
· End the £27bn road-building program and invest in public transport instead.
· Ban production and sale of new SUVs.
Visit www.stratfordclimate.org/demands to read the full list.