Hollywood star Thompson urges action at London climate march

29th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Oscar-winner Emma Thompson called on world leaders to grab the "historic" opportunity to reach a deal on tackling climate change as she joined thousands of environmental protesters in London on Sunday.

Singer Charlotte Church and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood were also among those braving the rain for the Hyde Park march as leaders from 150 countries gathered in Paris for the United Nations summit to hammer out a plan on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which begins on Monday.

"I went to the Arctic with my daughter last year and saw for myself the degradation of the environment there and it made me and helped me understand in a much more visceral real way what was happening to the planet," Thompson told AFP.

"So I'm here today to really get behind the climate summit in Paris which is actually a really historical event.

"We need those countries to come together and agree on protocols that will bring our fossil fuel emissions down to acceptable levels and we're going to have to agree it quickly. This is the beginning."

The London march was just one of more than 2,100 events worldwide planned for the Global Climate March.

Rallies demanding curbs to carbon pollution have been growing since Friday, with marches across Australia on Sunday kickstarting a final day of people-powered protest.

Among those protesting in the British capital was Mikaele Maiava, 37, from the low-lying Tokelau atoll, a territory of New Zealand.

"This is very personal to me," he told AFP.

"This to do with my land. This is to do with our people. Our land is going to submerge into water if we don't do anything."

Frenchowman Katia Herault, 37, dressed up in a Nemo costume to highlight the issue.

"This is the problem of our generation," she told AFP. "It's a problem that affects health, the way in which we eat."

Police use teargas after climate activists threw objects at a demonstration in Paris, where security is tight following the terror attacks that claimed 130 lives earlier this month.

© 2015 AFP

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