Hastings residents join illegal climate change march

Hastings residents at the illegal demonstration in the Avenue de la Grande Arm�e in Paris. Photo by Yann Levy
Hastings residents at the illegal demonstration in the Avenue de la Grande Arm�e in Paris. Photo by Yann Levy

Hastings and St Leonards residents joined in with a 15,000-strong illegal march through the streets of Paris on Saturday (December 12).

Five members of Fossil Free Hastings cycled to the French capital with others accompanying them via coach and train to join the protest against the UN Climate Change summit’s agreement which they believe does not go far enough.

Under the current state of emergency in France any public gathering of three of more people with a political message is illegal.

Nonetheless, they took part in a massive unauthorised demonstration in the Avenue de la Grande Armée – and two even found themselves at the head of an illegal march from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower.

The UN agreement has received some criticism with renowned climate scientist James Hansen describing it as a ‘fraud’.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd has been spearheading the UK’s role in the discussions.

They will be reporting back on their experience at a meeting at the Old Observer Building at 7pm on Sunday (December 20).

The event will be preceded by an hour-long musical event hosted by protestor Thad Skews.

A meeting to discuss setting up a local fossil-fuel divestment campaign will be taking place from 2pm to 5pm at the Friends Meeting House in South Terrace, Hastings, on Saturday, January 16.

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