Protesters march over climate change
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.
Helping hand: Pt Chevalier’s Crea Land.
In unison: Some of the protesters gathered in Aotea Square after the People’s Climate March on
Big crowd: The People’s Climate March ended in Aotea Square.