On Saturday 12th November
Sent in by Jan McGregor
With the UN climate talks COP27 approaching and latest reports warning of serious concerns around keeping temperature rises below 1.5 degrees, it’s more important than ever to come together and raise our voices for climate justice
November 12th will see mass mobilisations for Climate Justice taking place across the UK in solidarity with the COP27 Global Day of Action called by Egyptian groups. A year on from the historic Glasgow march attended by upwards of 100,000 people, many people will be joining this year’s Edinburgh demonstration.
If you wish you could go, but cannot, come and join me at 11.30am on Saturday 12th November, meeting in the Library car park and walking through Brodick on the pavement, to the pier. Bring any relevant poster or materials with you. Alternatively join us at the pier at about 12 mid-day.
This time the COP27 Coalition is calling particularly for an end to fossil fuel expansion and for help for those poor and vulnerable communities and countries who are most affected by the climate crisis. They are asking us to put pressure on the 196 global governments expected to gather for the COP27 talks.
Last week the UN issued its direst warning since it told us this was “code red for humanity”, announcing it saw “no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place”(1). With COP27 less than two weeks away, and many countries still not having followed through on last year’s pledges, we are currently on track for 2.8°C of warming by the end of the century. Given the extent of the destruction caused by just 1°C of warming so far this is a truly terrifying prospect.
The UN report says that for the 45% cut in emissions by 2030 to have any hope of keeping 1.5°C alive is a feat that could only be achieved by “urgent system-wide transformation”. In particular the UN identified that we need fundamental changes to our energy, food and financial systems. This of course comes as no surprise to those of us who’ve been campaigning for a systemic approach to climate change for decades.
“Solutions to transform societies exist, but the time for collective, multilateral action is now.”
On Saturday 12th November we will stand together – a huge global movement of movements – to protest against the inadequacies of the COP process and show the world that now is the time for action.
(1). ‘Emissions Gap Report 2022′, UN, 27th October 2022