Solidarity with Egypt COP27 protesters

Protesters will renew their calls to finish using fossil fuels as they march on the Scottish Parliament later this month as world leaders collect in Egypt for the most recent spherical of local weather talks.

Presidents and prime ministers will jet into Sharm El Sheikh later this month as a part of Cop27 – the subsequent in a collection of talks geared toward bringing climate change to a halt after the Glasgow summit final 12 months – and on November 12 protesters will march by way of Edinburgh.

Mary Church, head of campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, mentioned that the “local weather disaster calls for motion on a world scale” and that “governments and firms are including gas to the hearth by going after extra fossil fuels and fantasy techno-fixes that may solely serve to delay motion and line the pockets of the wealthy”.


“We are marching to demand actual options that may halt local weather breakdown and enhance unusual folks’s lives, an finish to fossil fuels and a simply transition to secure, reasonably priced renewables,” she mentioned.

“We see the struggling of climate-impacted folks around the globe and we stand in solidarity with them and particularly with the folks of Egypt who’re being denied their human rights by a brutal regime.”

The protest will start in St Andrew Square at noon earlier than making its well past HSBC and Santander in Hanover Street, alongside Market Street to the UK Government’s workplace in Sibbald Walk, after which ending outdoors the Scottish Parliament on the backside of the Royal Mile.

Protesters mentioned the march is a part of a world day of motion, and also will characteristic members of Extinction Rebellion which mentioned its campaigners can be highlighting the necessity for individuals who have had their properties and livelihoods destroyed by climate change to be compensated for his or her loss.

Joan Forehand, from the organisation, mentioned: “None of us are going to be insulated from the local weather disaster however there may be horrible injustice and unfairness to this disaster.”


The campaigner added: “It’s solely honest that loss and harm funds are given to those that will undergo probably the most from this disaster, by way of no fault of their very own.”

Several different organisations will participate within the march, together with Global Justice Now, Tipping Point and the Edinburgh Climate Coalition.

Luke Henderson, co-ordinator of the coalition, mentioned everybody who cared concerning the surroundingswanted to “present it to the world by becoming a member of this mass mobilisation”.

“It is obvious that our authorities received’t act urgently sufficient to scale back climate-changing emissions and so it’s as much as us, the folks, to push them into motion,” he mentioned.

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Dan Barker is a reporter with PA Scotland.