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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

30/11/2015

 

785,000 march to make largest global climate march in history

 

Organisers today revealed the final count for the Global Climate March which has seen over 785,000 people have marched in 2,300 events in 175 countries across the world, making it the biggest set of global marches in history with over 24 countries breaking records for their largest ever climate marches.

 

Emma Ruby-Sachs, Campaign Director of Avaaz said:

"The momentum from this weekend's marches calling on leaders in Paris to commit to a transition to 100% energy is simply unprecedented. Records were broken across the world, from Bangladesh to Britain, with over 785,000 people taking part in the largest ever global climate marches ever."

 

These events came despite the Paris event, where 400,000 were expected to march today, being cancelled. Instead, Avaaz laid out 22,000 shoes donated by citizens unable to take to the streets in the French capital.

 

Ricken Patel, Executive Director of Avaaz, is currently at COP21 and available for interviews this Monday and Tuesday to speak about the massive mobilization and the global campaign for 100% Clean Energy.

 

Key facts from this weekend:

  • Pope Francis’ envoy, Cláudio Kardinal Hummes, said of our marches: "The Pope is in spirit with hundreds of thousands today, hand in hand with the poor and those who seek climate justice.”

  • More than 24 countries witnessed their biggest-ever climate marches with India (20,000 in Delhi), Australia (140,000, including 60,000 in Melbourne), Philippines (18,000 in Manila), New Zealand (33,000), Bangladesh (5,000 in Dhaka), Britain (over 50,000 in London), Italy (over 20,000 in Rome), Spain (over 20,000 in Madrid), Denmark (over 10,000 in Copenhagen), Greece (over 3,000 in Athens), Indonesia (3,000 in Jakarta), Switzerland (15,000 with over 5,000 in Geneva), Norway (10,000 in Bergen), Canada (25,000 in Ottawa), Netherlands (7,000 in Amsterdam), Germany (20,000 in Berlin), Fiji (1,500) Austria (over 2,000 in Vienna), Ireland (5,000 in Dublin), Vietnam (1,000 Ho Chi Minh City), Ghana (1,200 in Accra), Uganda (1,000 in Kampala), Lebanon (800 in Beirut) and Afghanistan (200 in Kabul).

  • A march took place in Sanaa, Yemen, despite bombs falling close to the start of the march; dozens of towns and cities marched across India; nuns marched in South Korea; there were powerful marches in the the Pacific islands -- New Caledonia and the Marshall Islands; people marched in cities in Senegal, the Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Nigeria; and in Kenya there was a march across the Equator. In Ottawa, 25,000 people took to the streets in -7 degree temperatures.

 

ENDS

For Interviews with Ricken Patel contact Bert Wander +44 7968017731/ bert@avaaz.org

Interviews are available with organisers of climate marches around the world.

 

For more info on the marches contact Will Davies on +447497861141 / will@avaaz.org or

Sam Barratt on +44 7909 836139 / sam.barratt@avaaz.org

 

Best images from the marches for free editorial use are here: http://www.avaaz.org/gcmhighlights