How our network united nationwide for the Global Day of Action
The Global Day of Action united people from across the world. We saw mass protests and rallies demanding the same common goal: we need global leaders to take the climate crisis seriously and act now.
The purpose of the Global Day of Action is to unite all climate activists and groups around a common goal: to demand governments and corporations limit global temperatures to 1.5°C and deliver real and just solutions to the climate crisis.
Global Day of Action in the UK
The Global Day of Action took place during COP26 – the United Nations climate talks. This year, COP26 was based in Glasgow. So, as world leaders and decision makers came together to discuss the climate crisis, our UK based groups came out in force demanding climate justice.
Climate justice is about acknowledging and addressing that some people are hit by the climate crisis harder than others. We’re all entitled to live in a world where we’re fairly protected and considered when faced with the worst impacts of climate change, irrespective of who we are and where we live.
Our network taking centre stage
Up and down the country, over 100 local groups affiliated with Friends of the Earth, together with our supporters, formed part of an estimated 500,000 people who took to the streets.
Not only did our network come out in force to take part in the Global Day of Action, but they also found creative and interesting ways to capture attention. From Norwich to Cardiff, Newcastle to Belfast, our groups showed strength in numbers in their ambitious rallies, protests and stunts. Have a scroll through some of the highlights below.
🌍 Today's Global Day of Action for #ClimateJustice brought together hundreds of thousands of people around the world - from indigenous movements to trade unions, from racial justice activists to youth strikers. Together, we are building the movement for #SystemChange.✊🏽#COP26GDA pic.twitter.com/eglUYHol1i— Friends of the Earth International (@FoEint) November 6, 2021
Children and families out in force on the Sheffield march for climate justice. Global leaders must recognise it’s their future we are squandering @COP26 @ShefGreenParent @ShefClimateNews pic.twitter.com/oA9EdZkuEJ— Sheffield Friends of the Earth (@SheffieldFoE) November 6, 2021
📢🌏💪The #earthsonfire and, here we are, with other @friends_earth groups, on the steps of the museum in Cardiff!! Today is the Global Day of Action for #ClimateJustice and we're ready to go! Watch this space! #COP26 @FOE_Community pic.twitter.com/aPC9cEmWQc— Friends of the Earth Cymru (@foecymrucydd) November 6, 2021
Over 250 people joined the Haringey Climate Rally today, to hear youth activist Olivia Opara, Kenyan Robert Thairu, our two MPs and cabinet member for climate, & local trade unionists. #COP26 #climatejustice then on to the London march! pic.twitter.com/CShK0CaDti— Friends of the Earth (Tottenham & Wood Green) (@FoE_TWG) November 6, 2021
Wow, what a turnout, #Wales! From rallies in #Cardiff and #Swansea to tree planting in #Caerphilly and #litterpicks in #Pontypridd, & community events in Ruthin & Llangollen, thousands are turning out across the country for the Global Day of Action for #ClimateJustice! Da iawn! pic.twitter.com/t82pGJ2nVP— Friends of the Earth Cymru (@foecymrucydd) November 6, 2021
We need to continue to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear. In order to stop the worst impacts of the climate crisis, the UK needs to make a serious commitment to drastically reduce emissions and must put an end to new fossil fuel projects, both at home and abroad.
All over the UK, our groups made it heard loud and clear that they want real action on climate change. If you want to be a part of our network and join us in amplifying our message, join a local action group in your local area and be part of the movement.