An estimated 40,000 people marched in London as part of a worldwide climate mobilisation ahead of the UN summit in New York.
The march, on an unseasonably warm afternoon, was characterised by creativity and diversity, with a large number of contributing organisations and groups, and a lot of home-made banners and props. A protest notably unmarred by the usual sea of Socialist Worker placards.
The main rally ended with a minute’s silence which was intensely observed by the mammoth crowd, an eerie quiet enveloping the streets around Westminster.
The official march was followed by a spontaneous visit by a crowd of around a thousand to the Tory HQ nearby.
Earlier in the day, activists targeted the British Museum with a creative and poignant protest action over BP arts sponsorship.
The London ‘people’s climate march’ took place today, part of a global network of climate protests across the globe ahead of the UN summit in New York. I’ll be posting a few pics later on from that, but first…
After the main march (tens of thousands of people, and speeches near Parliament), activists from ‘Reclaim The Power‘, aided by samba from ‘Rhythms of Resistance‘, led a crowd of around a thousand people for an impromptu visit to Tory HQ.
The street outside the Conservative Party’s Headquarters, (Matthew Parker Street), was completely packed by protesters, delivering their message right to the party that claimed it would be the greenest ever, and which has simply turned out to be the greediest.
After a while, the band set off again and led a procession up Whitehall, before people split into smaller groups.