Over 300 people congregated in Swindon to take part in the first global climate strike aka Earth Strike. Demonstrations taking place in an estimated 185 countries all over the world. People from all walks of life, young and old, came together to demand proper representation from governments, for vital legislation and action to address climate change. Many people feel that they have no choice but to rebel against governments whose actions are deemed to be inept and indicative of care for profit and power over people, animals and planet. These events were planned to coincide with the UN Climate Change Summit in New York on the 23rd September 2019, to pressure world leaders into taking appropriate steps to address climate change.
The event in Swindon started in Regent Circus with speeches from organisers and local campaigners / activists. Then over 300 people set off down Princes Street, walking through town before heading back to Regent Circus along Commercial Road.
A very positive day, it was clear to see a lot of happy environmental campaigners, new and old, coming together in solidarity with people and organisations in towns and cities all across the world.
This action was supported by a huge number of environmental groups including the UK Student Climate Network, Friends of The Earth, Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, 350.org. It was also supported by trade unions across the world including the TUC, IWW, UCU and BAFAW. And, it was supported by a large number of humanitarian and animal welfare groups, as the connections between the well-being of people, animals and environment are increasingly understood.
For further information, please see the Swindon Earth Strike Facebook page.
The event was covered in this article in the Swindon Advertiser.