Cop27: a climate protest in Cardiff call for “Climate Justice”

In response to Cop27’s Global Day of Action, environmental groups from across Cardiff have taken to the streets in protest.

People Gather to call for “Climate Justice” (Image from Cardiff Climate Justice Coalition)

People gathered on the streets of Cardiff to speak out and take action on the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, the cost of living crisis and natural emergencies on November 12.

Some local organisations took part in this new campaign called “Warm This Winter” which highlights the concerns of climate change and the cost-of-living crisis and calls on the Welsh and UK governments to take urgent action on the interlinked crises.

“The climate mobilisation in Cardiff gave an important platform to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of the cost-of-living and climate crises, and to highlight the shared solutions that will help address these issues,” said Climate Cymru, one of the initiators of this event.

People speak out for “Climate Justice” in their own way. (Image from Cardiff Climate Justice Coalition)

It is an active environmental organisation made up of over 13,000 members from across Wales who are concerned about climate change.

The protest in Cardiff was one of the marches held across the UK, with other locations including London, Edinburgh and Belfast. In Wales, in addition to Cardiff, similar protests were held in the cities of Carmarthen, Caernarfon, and Swansea.

The main demand of the people who took to the streets to protest was to stop the extraction of fossil fuels for a just and sustainable future. “Our campaign is calling for emergency support for vulnerable households, an ambitious energy efficiency programme, invest in low-cost renewables and free us from expensive fossil fuels,” said Climate Cymru.

Members from the environmental organization GREENPEACE participate in the march. (Image from Cardiff Climate Justice Coalition)

The protest march also attracted members of many other environmental organizations. Paul, a member of the Cardiff Palestine Solidarity Campaign, spoke out on behalf of those living in Palestine:”As Cardiff Palestine Solidarity Campaign we want to highlight that Palestinians are exceptionally vulnerable to climate change living under Israeli military occupation in a region where temperatures are projected to rise faster than the global average.”

As world leaders meet in Egypt for the COP27 climate summit, campaigners around the world are calling for a Global Day of Action on November 12. This falls on the middle day of the climate summit, which takes place from November 6 to 18.