Pro­test­ers march over cli­mate change

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Auck­lan­ders have joined ac­tress Emma Thomp­son, United Na­tions head Ban Ki­moon and thou­sands around the world in a global protest on cli­mate change.

The Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March was held on Sun­day from 1pm and saw about 1500 peo­ple walk from Brit­o­mart to Aotea Square to raise aware­ness of cli­mate change.

Pt Che­va­lier’s Crea Land and Am­ber Knowsley co­or­di­nated the hour-long march which was fol­lowed by per­form­ers and speak­ers from 2pm till 4pm.

Be­fore the march, Land told the Auck­land City Har­bour News the move­ment was part of an in­ter­na­tional se­ries of protests by Avaaz, an on­line global so­cial jus­tice group.

Avaaz held more than 2000 demon­stra­tions around the world on Septem­ber 21, from New York to London.

Celebri­ties in­clud­ing English ac­tress Emma Thomp­son, Amer­i­can ac­tors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruf­falo, de­signer Vivi­enne West­wood and mu­si­cian Peter Gabriel took part.

United Na­tions Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon joined around 300,000 oth­ers for the New York protest.

Footage from the Auck­land protest was to be used dur­ing Avaaz’s pre­sen­ta­tion to the United Na­tions’ Cli­mate Sum­mit on Septem­ber 23.

Land cites Pa­cific na­tions ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sea level rises, such as Kiri­bati and Tu­valu, as ex­am­ples of cli­mate change im­pact.

‘‘We are the kaiti­aki, the pro­tec­tors of the whenua,’’ Land says.

‘‘To me I have a re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘We are the care­tak­ers of this planet.’’

It’s an is­sue close to home too. Cli­mate change ex­perts pre­dict a one-me­tre sea level rise for parts of Auck­land by the end of the cen­tury ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Septem­ber 5).

Pro­test­ers wore green and car­ried ban­ners ask­ing for world lead­ers to take ac­tion on cli­mate is­sues.

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

Help­ing hand: Pt Che­va­lier’s Crea Land.

Sun­day.

Photo: GIL HANLY

In uni­son: Some of the pro­test­ers gath­ered in Aotea Square after the Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March on

Photo: GIL HANLY

Big crowd: The Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March ended in Aotea Square.

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