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Thousands march in Glasgow over climate change action

Protesters. Photo by Ian MacNicol
Thousands of people took part in the march through Glasgow

Thousands of protesters have taken part in what is believed to be Scotland's largest ever protest in support of action on climate change.

The event, called The Wave, urged world leaders to agree a legally-binding deal at the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen next week.

The march left from Bellahouston Park in the south of Glasgow, ending with a rally at Kelvingrove Park.

The Wave was organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

This is a coalition of more than 60 development, faith and environment organisations.

People from all faiths and none will suffer the effects of catastrophic climate change if world leaders fail to deal with the problem
Cardinal Keith O'Brien

The organisers said 8,000 people took part in the protest. Strathclyde Police put the total number of people to have taken part at about 7,000.

Mike Robinson, chairman of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said: "I am delighted so many people braved the December weather to take a stand against climate change.

"Scotland has the strongest climate legislation in the world and the turn out today shows why - people care.

"Leaders meeting in Copenhagen over the next two weeks should be in no doubt, the eyes of the world are on them and we must see the western world, in particular, setting the scale and immediacy of targets we know we need to prevent runaway climate change."

Selina Shelley, an Oxfam global campaigner from Bangladesh, who spoke at The Wave march, said: "In my home country of Bangladesh, people are struggling every day to cope with the impacts of climate change. Floods, natural disasters and severe weather events are robbing families of their children and taking homes, jobs, food and water.

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"World leaders meeting in Copenhagen next week must strike a fair and binding deal to cut emissions and prevent people living in countries like Bangladesh suffering further from climate change."

An ecumenical church service was held before the march in St Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church in Beech Avenue, Bellahouston.

It was attended by the Right Reverend Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the Most Reverend David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Mr Hewitt said: "We need to be sure that the negotiators gathered in Copenhagen are aware of our support and our belief in the importance of their task."

Cardinal O'Brien added: "People from all faiths and none will suffer the effects of catastrophic climate change if world leaders fail to deal with the problem."

The march is also being supported by the Scottish Islamic Foundation.



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