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Norfolk Christians march at climate rally

Two coach loads of campaigners from Norwich - with representatives from Speak, Christian Aid and local churches joined an estimated 50,000 in London on November 29 to show politicians that they care about climate change ahead of the Paris COP21 talks.

Two coaches from Norwich, organised by CHAIN (Climate Hope Action In Norfolk) left on a cold damp Sunday morning for London. The coaches were full of a mix of people from the Green Party, Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid supporters and Speak.

Lizzie Baker from Speak said, "We didn't meet MPs as this was a march on a Sunday but we did hear some speak to a rally at the start of the day - including a speech from a certain Mr Corbyn, which was very inspiring."

It was very busy at the rally at the start of the march but the atmosphere was friendly and full of excitement - there was no pushing and shoving. Lizzie said, "We had chosen to march in the "For the Love of" section which included charities such as Tearfund and CAFOD. In front of us was Action Aid and Friends of the Earth and behind us was Oxfam...and a veritable menagerie of giant animals (lions, giraffes, antelopes) - people from Avaaz in amazing costumes!"

ClimateMarch2CFThe point of the march was to show politicans that the people they represent care about climate change ahead of the Paris COP21 climate talks. The march received quite a lot of media coverage and campaigners hope more people will be talking and thinking about the issues around the subject of climate change.

Lizzie said, "Tearfund had some great placards made, with a great use of Frenglish. My favourite was "Bienvenue to a fairer world". We hope and pray that these talks achieve that."

Pictured above: Some of the Norfolk campaigners; Lizzie second from left. Below; some of the costumes


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