Biggest ever UK climate march - in pictures

What a day! More than 50,000 people turned out for the UK’s largest ever climate march in London on Sunday – echoing weekend marches in towns and cities around the country and across the world.

Thanks to everyone who was able to be there – and for those rooting for us at home.

Friends of the Earth was one of the lead organisers of the People's March for Climate, Justice and Jobs, working closely with groups like Avaaz, Greenpeace, Campaign Against Climate Change and 65 other organisations.

As world leaders gather in Paris for major climate talks, the marches were to show politicians overwhelming public demand for urgent action on climate change.

Here are some pictures from the day and a 360-degree virtual reality film shot on a state-of-the-art Ricoh camera. (Top tip: you'll need an up-to-date browser to view the film properly.)

London

Join more than 50,000 other marchers at the People's March for Climate, Justice and Jobs when you experience it with this amazing 360-degree film.

 

 

London climate march
Sarah Harris and Seena Ali, by Amelia Collins/Friends of the Earth

 

Sarah and Seena are year 11 students from London. "We came to this march because we saw it advertised on Facebook and we thought it was a good cause to join in with," says Sarah, left. 

"We want to support our future and what happens to the earth,” says Seena.

UK's biggest ever climate march, London November 2015
More than 50,000 turned out for the UK's biggest ever climate march. Picture by Amelia Collins/Friends of the Earth

 

Vivienne Westwood and climate campaigners
Vivienne Westwood with South American climate activists, by Amelia Collins/Friends of the Earth

 

London climate march
Dora and Martha Solloway (right), secondary school students from Dorset

 

Frack Free Lancashire is a group of people who have been resisting fracking where they live
Frack Free Lancashire at the London climate march, by Amelia Collins/Friends of the Earth

Frack Free Lancashire successfully had a fracking application thrown out by Lancashire Council. There is real threat, however, that ministers could overturn this decision.
 

Emma Thompson at the London climate march The People's March for Climate Justice and Jobs
  
Emma Thompson at the London climate march The People's March for Climate Justice and Jobs, by By Amelia Collins/Friends of the Earth

 

Richard and Karen Ecclestone at the London climate march, 2015

Richard and Karen Ecclestone, by Martha Solloway

"We wanted to personally demonstrate to the Government that this is a really important issue," says Richard, who travelled to the march from Wiltshire with his wife Karen.

"We felt we were representing the students of Ludwell Primary School where we're governors, as part of the eco committee. It was to let the pupils know that they have a voice as well even though they are only youngsters."

Bristol

Sauda Kyambulaka who attended the Bristol climate march
Sauda Kyambulaka, who attended the Bristol climate march

"The planet belongs to all of us," says Sauda. "Each of us is responsible for standing up, and sending a message to the delegates in Paris that we want to see real progress."

Edinburgh

Gill Davies, Edinburgh climate march
Gill Davies at the Edinburgh climate march, by Friends of the Earth Scotland

"Climate change effects everybody - but so many people don't have a chance to do something about it," says Gill. "That makes it all the more important that those of us who can, do what they can."

Northern Ireland

Climate march in Belfast
Climate march in Belfast, by Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland

Cymru 

Anna Knapik, teacher from Tredegar
Anna Knapik, teacher from Tredegar , by Friends of the Earth Cymru

"As a teacher I would like to be more informed about climate change and to be able to pass that knowledge on to the children at school," says Anna. "I want them to feel informed about what's going on in the world."

 

 

Climate March in Cardiff, by Friends of the Earth Cymru
 
Peter Randerson (left) with his daughter and Son in Law at the climate march in Cardiff by Friends of the Earth Cymru

"We have just got to get to grips with getting into renewable sources of energy," says Peter; "and I think it’s tragic that the current Government has decided to cut the subsidies that are just getting the new renewable energy companies going.

"I hope the [Welsh} assembly will listen and realise that it’s an important issue for everybody today." 

Range of organisations

A whole range of organisations came to the marches. They included:

  • MADE (Muslim Agency for Development & Education)
  • The Global Frontlines Bloc, bringing together diaspora communities from South America, Africa and Asia, whose people are on the front lines of climate change
  • A delegation of the Sami people from the Arctic Circle in Norway, including reindeer herders whose way of life is being destroyed as the Arctic melts, and who sang to the marchers 
  • Trade unions such as PCS, Unite, Unison, Prospect and UCU, who are campaigning for green jobs and an expansion of clean industries
  • People of all faiths and none - including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists - who took part in an inter-faith event before the march

From Maputo to Madrid - check out pictures from events around the world.

 

Lots more photos from the UK march

London climate march