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Thousands march in Madrid for climate justice: ‘We have time to make a difference’

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Despite rain and strong winds, thousands of people – 5,000, according to organizers – marched down Paseo del Prado in Madrid to Colon this Saturday, chanting “Enough, Planet B doesn’t exist”. More than fifty organizations have called for a march demanding “climate justice” and protesting the ambitions of governments participating in COP27, which is being held in Egypt these days. “The climate emergency is a human rights crisis of unprecedented scale, and the lack of an adequate response to the climate crisis leads to human rights violations,” the Alianza por el Clima calls for in its manifesto.

Environmental associations accused the rulers gathered in Sharm El Sheikh of “dooming the planet to global warming above 2 degrees Celsius”. Scientists and international organizations have been warning in their reports about the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions for years.

“Like the previous 26 summits, this one is not commensurate with the challenge we are facing. However, there is a 25% representation of gas and oil companies, which is very important,” explains Sagrario Monedero, representative of Alianza por el Clima, one of the organizing organizations, during the march through the streets of Madrid. “We have time to change things, but this decade is key. We must now move to a renewable energy model, rightly, that puts people’s lives at the center.”

Alejandra Anaya, 28 years old and an activist of the youth group Fridays of the Future in Salamanca, came with five friends to participate in the Madrid march because she believes that supporting the actions in the big cities is necessary to give visibility to the problem. “What worries us the most is how this issue is being ignored. “The little communication that exists about it is because the scientists’ reports are still ignored,” he explains. “Any action, even the most controversial and highly critical, helps. It is necessary that he does not stop talking about it,” adds the young woman.

Among the protesters was the leader of Madrid, Mónica García, who marched with her party partner Rita Maestre. “We are here, among other things, because we have a president in the community of Madrid who has said that climate change is a matter of communism,” says García. Some of the statements he finds “unbearable”: “I have to work with the scientific community and other people who are concerned about climate change to see what policies can be made in Madrid society to stop it.” The leader of Madrid believes that people “saw that climate change has not yet arrived, but it has already arrived. And we risk future and new generations”.

Climate Summit in Egypt

In this sense, the global carbon budget confirms that in order to meet the commitment to reduce CO2 emissions to almost zero by 2050, emissions must be reduced annually to the same level as in 2020, when the world was paralyzed for months due to Covid-19.

The climate summit began Sunday with a warning by the UN-affiliated World Meteorological Organization that average annual temperatures will rise 1.15 degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2022. In other words, there is little left to reach the thresholds set by the Paris Agreement, which aims to avoid 2ºC and, if possible, 1.5.

At the end of October, a thousand experts from 40 countries published an open letter in which they determined the possibility of limiting the increase in temperature on the planet to 1.5ºC to avoid the worst damage. In response to this statement, two activists from the environmental organization Futuro Vegetal attached two Goya paintings in the Prado Museum, mimicking the actions of other activist groups in other countries. On the part of the wall that separates the two paintings, the message “+1.5º” was spray painted.

Greenpeace, which is also present at the demonstration, wanted to recall the importance of citizen participation in international meetings of this type. In Madrid, where COP25 was held in December 2019, thousands of protesters took to the streets with activist Greta Thunberg setting the stage on fire shouting “enough is enough”. However, this year the Egyptian government banned most protests and social mobilization. The environmental organization, who walked with polar bears and a giant earth globe covered in fire at his head, encouraged the march throughout the journey.

Carmen Gill (56) holds a banner that reads “Your taxes and your climate pay for your luxury.” He came from Zaragoza to join Greenpeace and express his displeasure. “Earth is the house where we live. We should still try to leave the house to future generations,” he says.

In addition to the march in Madrid, Alianza por el Clima organized a series of actions across Spain that took place at the same time as in other parts of the world. In Córdoba, for example, protesters dressed in black and carrying umbrellas cycled through the city’s streets to call attention to the lack of rain. Zaragoza, Bilbao, A Coruña and Valencia also have a concentration in the city centre.

Those who could not participate in any of the face-to-face events mobilized on social networks and published a photo with a banner in front of town halls, energy company offices or gas stations. Hashtag #12NxClima.

Source: El Diario

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