PMB, Howick join climate march

2014-09-18 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG and Howick residents will have begun crafting their placards in preparation for the largest climate movement in history this weekend.

Pietermaritzburg and Howick have joined Johannesburg and other cities from over 88 countries around the world in hosting demonstrations in support of the “People’s Climate March” in New York City. The event is being called “the largest climate march in history” and will potentially draw over 100 000 people in Manhattan alone.

The peaceful march was organised as a response to the UN Climate Summit of world leaders to take place in New York over the course of next week. The summit will focus on reducing emissions, strengthening climate resilience and mobilising political will in preventing future damage to the environment.

Local marches will take place at Goddard Park by the Howick Falls as well as on the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli Street and Alexandra Road in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, September 21. Both marches will commence at 10 am.

Harriet Lavery-Reynders, organiser of the Howick march, said that she has always been passionate about the environment and climate change as it is “the one big topic that impacts us all”. “If we act now, then our children will inherit the fruits of our actions. I chose to organise the march because I know that the Natal Midlands is full of people who would support an event like this,” she said.

Pietermaritzburg residents who cannot attend the march, but want to show their support can make their own “green heart groups” in open spaces around town and post their pictures online using #PmbClimateMarch.

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