COP 17: Thousands march in Durban

2011-12-03 14:26

Durban - A march planned as a side event of the COP 17 climate talks got under way in Durban on Saturday morning.

Just before noon, thousands of people gathered at Dr Pixley Kaseme Street (former West Street) to demonstrate their views on climate change.

The march progressed to Durban's International Convention Centre, where the conference is taking place. The marchers will be addressed by a range of speakers including Congress of SA Trade Unions General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

These speeches would then be collectively handed over to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretary Christiana Figueres.

Four police Nyalas and a big water canon preceded the march, while police in full body armour lined the route and a police spotter plane and helicopter were visible overhead.

The marchers - from civil society, organised labour, faith-based organisations, as well as artists and musicians - noisily but peacefully began their trek.

They were bemused by police at the head of the procession who consulted a map moments before the march began.

Various groups including Green Peace and Canadians for Climate Justice waved signs and banners.

Despite the carnival atmosphere, the sentiments displayed on placards were uncompromising: "Act now against Cop killers like Eskom," and "No to nuclear energy".

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  • Breedlike - 2011-12-03 14:49

    Geez, they really have nothing better to do? Well I suppose if you want a free t-shirt you gotta march for it.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-03 15:36

      They will probably throw their placards aside when they eat their lunch. I am all for change but I am all for informed change. I doubt these people know what they are talking about.

  • Power - 2011-12-03 15:40

    Eish !!!!!! If it's not the banks that cause Global Heating, it's ESKOM who kills cops ????? Eissshhhhh !!!!!! - I don't understand !! Please explain ??

      cindy.atkins1 - 2011-12-03 18:42

      No clearly you don't understand so maybe it's best that you find out what is going on before you make silly comments, prehaps you should google COP to find out what it is... and no banks are not causing golbal heating but they are funding business that does create golbal warming.

  • Cookie - 2011-12-03 15:42

    Maybe this will persuade Eskom to rethink a bit.Well a good intentions march in any event.!!!

  • Ian - 2011-12-03 15:44

    let me guess how they got there, probally with gas guzzling, polluting taxis, kinda defeats the object

      indianajohn - 2011-12-03 17:00

      Eh? You can say what you want of taxis, I hate them too, but they are without doubt the greenest form of transport we have! You can fit 20 people into something with one engine! You couldn't get better mileage if you put those 20 people on 20 scooters! Ridiculous statement.

  • Bob - 2011-12-03 16:12

    I bet not one of these marchers know anything about what they are protesting the name of it!

      Robin - 2011-12-03 19:08

      Right! That rent-a-crowd are only there because 1) somebody paid them to be there, or 2) somebody told them to be there so they would (read, 'might') be paid to be there. I'd lay an odds on bet that most of them don't know the first thing about so-called 'global warming' and probably couldn't care less anyway.

  • Eric - 2011-12-03 16:41

    So what! Headine could just as well read - millions stay away from march in Durban.

  • Drake - 2011-12-03 16:48

    If there is one thing South Africans love it’s a good ol’ march… Using the unemployed and uneducated demographic of Durban to further the hysterical environmental agenda – Disgusting!

  • indianajohn - 2011-12-03 16:58

    How can you march for something you don't understand?

      JudithNkwe - 2011-12-03 18:02

      You are all wrong - they do know and they mostly went by train or bus. It is you who are unaware of what is happening in our country and in the world. When you have walked through the polluted communities as I have, the degradation that you have no knowledge of, then you may be able to comment. These people know exactly what they are protesting about, so stop denigrating them from your ivory towers.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-04 14:27

      Judith, I kind of think that the march was then aiming at the wrong people. This is COP, a supposed discussion on climate change. Whatever the postulations are about the cause, COP or any other waste of money won't achieve anything whilst China and the US refuse to sign. I would suggest that you would have been better off putting that energy into walking around your neighborhood and picking up the litter - which the people in the neighbourhood drop by the way, not Microsoft or Eskom or McDonalds. The people of this land have zero respect so it's rich asking others to, don't you think?

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-03 17:58

    Thanks guys and everyone you make me proud! All the hard work we have put into this has been proudly represented today. Every concern and every effort! You're all great

      Robin - 2011-12-03 19:12

      Come on - get real - pollution of the environment and so-called 'global warming' are not the same thing. While I am disgusted at the way people treat their environment I am also aware that the climate change hype, especially AGW, is a figment of political imagination. COP17 is a CON - plain and simple!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-04 14:29

      Robin I agree about COP. Whether we are affecting climate change or not is an ongoing and rather random point. The earth itself has made a tremendous job of changing climate in the past on huge scales. All this is doing is deflecting focus from something we can change - massive consumption and pollution. But that would affect bottom lines and we can't have that in a capitalist world can we.

  • stephen.cole1 - 2011-12-03 18:02

    This is the biggest CON ever thought up !

  • Abumaseeh - 2011-12-03 19:48

    Climate breakdown is destroying the lives of millions of people especially the ordinary people on the ground. The people who experience the worst consequences are subsistence farmers, fishers, workers, the poor, the unemployed and in particular women within these groups. We are faced with development challenges such as overcoming poverty and hunger, achieving water and food security and gender equity, sustaining our environment, providing decent education, housing, work, health care and sanitation for all. Climate change sharpens or worsens the issues. We need to act against social injustices, imbalances and inequalities in order to close the gap between the very rich and very poor. We need to remind governments to act according to the economic interests of their countries and to urgently act nationally and globally. We need a critical mass to give a voice to the voiceless and to show the world that we are committed to finding a just solution to the climate change crisis.-ABDULLAH.

      Soetdoring - 2011-12-03 20:48

      Abumaseeh, I urge you to get the real facts before you jump to conclusions. Do not accept one person's opinion or even a group of people with probably the same motive, i.e. read as wide as possible on the subject. I saw one journalist reporting South Africa, per capita, is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide. This is a downright lie. We are only the 42nd largest emitter per capita in the world. Other ridiculous claims are also made at COP17, but I will not waste space here if the truth has already been discussed elsewhere - The truth about global emitters is here

      Ernst - 2011-12-04 13:54

      " " As for the link you provided earlier (c3headlines): I havent found any citations to peer-reviewed research, published in prestigious scientific journals, to back up any claims made by the website. If I missed any then answer the following question: 1) Do the citations provided, point to research done by the 3% of scientists that think manmade global warming is not true. (the other 97% say man is responsible). And what is the impact factor of these journals? How many citations do these author's have? What is the prstige of the journals? 2) Seeing that you are such a conspiracy theory fanatic, where do these guys get their funding? One can virtually make any claims on the internet and provide fancy graphs to back it up (c3headlines). If these claims have not been scrutinized (peer-reviewed) by experts in the field, then it is not worth the paper it is written on.

  • ndh.ct - 2011-12-04 18:31

    not true about "speeches" being handed over - they were carefully devised memorandums developed by c17 (the civil society movement at COP17) and it is more important to note that the memorandums made it to the top of COP17. there could have been much more prominent and appropriate reporting for this huge global event in Durban yesterday!

  • Jerry - 2011-12-08 01:34

    Global Warming Apocalypse is Approaching! Over 50 years ago scientists warned us of what was coming. But we've refused to act very quickly.Now we're getting closer and closer to the point of no return.It will began with the droughts,fires,superstorms,sea level rise,floods,blackouts,oil spills,famine and plagues. And ends with the breakdown of societies,violence,riots,confusions,global conflicts,economic collapse and world war.A global heat wave has return in 2011 to 2014,the arctic will be all ice free in the region in 2013.There will be more environmental disasters in the years to come.

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