On 7 March around 20 Population Matters members gathered together in Central London to participate in the National Climate March. We marched in the event to call for government support for family planning and women’s rights.
The beautiful sunshine and warm weather fuelled our enthusiasm and excitement as we began the march at Lincolns Inn Fields. Our new blue and white Population Matters sail flags helped us stand out in the crowd, which was well over 20,000 people in size, according to the Campaign Against Climate Change organisers. Throughout the march, we handed out leaflets and badges and spoke to many of the people watching the march as well as individuals marching near us. Seeing that so many people were interested in Population Matters was great.
The event ended with a number of speeches by people such as Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party; Fatima-Zahara Ibrahim, a member of the United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition; and Francesca Martinez, a comedian and actress. The highlight of the speeches was one made by a 12-year-old who made clear demands for politicians to act now.
We hope to have even more Population Matters members marching with us next time!