Hundreds of residents came together in St Albans last month to stand together in the face of the climate emergency.
On Saturday, November 6, around 500 people gathered near St Albans Area and marched through the city to the High Street, where speeches were delivered by individuals such as Daisy Cooper MP.
The event organized by St Albans and District Friends of the Earth, coincided with the worldwide COP26 Day of Climate Action.
Amanda Yorwerth, from St Albans and District Friends of the Earth, said the protest was a step in the right direction in persuading leaders to ditch climate wrecking projects.
She said: “The turnout here in St Albans was amazing, and the message to our leaders was clear: ditch fossil fuels and prioritise safeguarding the climate for everyone on the planet.
“We’re delighted that so many people of all ages turned out in St Albans to show how much they care about our climate.”
During the speeches section of the protest, Amanda read out a moving speech prepared by climate scientist Dr Philip Porter.
He said: “During my 28-year career as a glacier scientist I have been privileged to work in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote places.
“This privilege comes with an alarming reality however, as I witness first-hand the rapid and accelerating changes in our glaciated regions that will ultimately come to affect us all. From the Himalaya to the High Arctic, the story is the same and is one of rapid and accelerating change.”
Daisy Cooper, MP for St Albans, quoted Greta Thunberg, accusing the COP26 Climate talks of being more Blah Blah Blah and stirred the crowd into chants of “There’s No Planet B”.
Picture credit St Albans Friends of the Earth