Time to Act on Climate Change
'Time to Act' was initiated by the Campaign against Climate Change to bring people together to campaign for urgent action climate change in the UK and towards the UN climate talks in Paris - and beyond! We want to engage people who may not have been involved in climate campaigning in the past, connecting with each other in local meetings and in mass demonstrations. Our grassroots Time to Act demonstration on March 7th 2015 brought 20,000 onto the streets of London, then in a wider coalition, we helped organise the People's March for Climate, Justice and Jobs on 29 November 2016, and joined actions at the Paris climate talks with activists from Europe and beyond.
We are calling for the government to act on climate change. Not just to do something – to do enough to avoid climate chaos. This means investment not in new fossil fuels but in renewables – massive amounts. It means saving energy by insulating and converting all homes and all public and private buildings, and a shift from cars to public transport. It means a dedicated workforce to create this infrastructure – one million climate jobs. And it means the UK supporting a global agreement to cut warming emissions of all kinds, speedily, with fairness and justice.
As we expected, despite media hype, the deal made in Paris fell far short of what was needed to avoid catastrophic climate change (more detail on what was actually agreed in Paris here). But out on the streets there was determination to fight on as thousands of activists from different countries came together, challenging corporate greenwash, "CO2lonialism", and an intended ban on peaceful protest that proved unenforceable.
In the UK: Time to stop going backwards on climate
Far from taking concerted action to avoid the threat of catastrophic climate change, since its election in May 2015, the current government has been taking us in entirely the wrong direction. With dramatic cuts to renewables funding, clean energy technology has been sidelined in favour of a dash for gas, insulation funding has also been cut and fracking, roads and runways pushed through despite strong local opposition. Find out more
However, much of this has gone under the radar, obscured in technical detail, or given less profile than other hot political issues. We need to face this challenge with creativity - our London group will be planning, among other things a Going Backwards protest on 8 May (marking one year of Conservative government).
We will also be working with local groups around the country to support anyone who wants to campaign on this and link up - from fun stunts to 'Time to Act' meetings which can bring together people from all sorts of backgrounds concerned about climate change to find out more.
Time to Act on Climate Change: March 7th 2015
The demonstration on March 7th - two months before the general election, and nine months before the COP 21 climate talks in Paris - aimed to put pressure on political parties and raise the profile of climate change. On the day, over 20,000 people took to the streets of London to demand bold action on climate change.
Jointly organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change and a dedicated team of amazing volunteers, Time To Act featured a rally which included a range of speakers but also encouraged the theme of the day to go beyond words, into actions. Dancing polar bears reclaimed the space at at Heathrow, banners were dropped at Trafalgar Square and off Westminster Bridge, the Tate was challenged by Art Not Oil for it's BP sponsorship and a giant carbon bubble was returned to the Shell HQ. During the march itself Occupy Democracy and Reclaim The Power orchestrated the largest ever recorded climate sit-down.
The march showed we’re moving forwards. Among the 20,000+ people that marched, there were young Muslims, students, families, old-school green groups, churches, anarchists, trade unions, and so many others, walking together, demonstrating the amazing diversity of the climate movement.
More videos and photos from the day hereTrade unions - Find out more about supporting Time to Act and read more about our work with trade unions. You can also read or buy the new report: One Million Climate Jobs.
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