Climate protests planned in Chesterfield to coincide with COP26

Written by on 6 November 2021

People from across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire will be joining a demonstration in Chesterfield on Saturday 6th November as part of the global day of action around the COP26 UN global climate summit.

Across the UK, up to 500,000 people from all walks of life are expected to join demonstrations demanding global climate justice.

The demonstration in Chesterfield is being organised by the Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Hub of the COP26 Coalition, a civil society coalition made of groups and individuals from a range of constituencies in Scotland and the rest of the UK, organising for climate justice around COP26.

The demonstration will assemble at Shentall Gardens by the Town Hall at 12pm before marching through the town and finishing with a rally at New Square marketplace.

Speakers will highlight the urgent need for a fast and globally fair transition to a climate friendly economy, and the importance of most affected communities leading the transition and steps we can take in Chesterfield to build a safe and healthy world.

Speakers include:

  • Mahroof Saddique, from the Muslim Welfare Association

  • Dawn Ward, a local animal rights activist

  • Donna Hales, a local health worker

WHAT: A civil society demonstration as part of the global day of action for climate justice, coinciding with the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow

WHEN: Saturday 6 November, 12pm

WHERE: Assemble at Shentall Gardens by Chesterfield Town Hall

WHO: Chesterfield & North Derbyshire COP26 Coalition

WHY: Global problems need global solutions. The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis. They will decide who is to be sacrificed, who will escape and who will make a profit.

So far, governments have done too little too late: colluding with corporations and hiding behind green washed ‘solutions’ that actually don’t exist yet, that don’t address the scale of the problem, and in many cases rely on even more exploitation of people and the planet.

COP26 is happening at a crucial moment in history. Across the world and across movements, we are seeing a new wave of people standing up and making their voices heard through global solidarity and grassroots organising. We have a unique opportunity to rewire our system as we recover from the global pandemic. We can either let corporations and governments intensify the crisis to the point of no return, or we can lay the foundations for a just world where everyone’s needs are met


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