At 7.30am on a cold, dark Saturday morning we gathered at Preston Railway Station, some of us holding onto warm paper cups of coffee, others queuing to buy Tube tickets, as we waited to go to London to The Wave – anticipated to be the biggest demonstration in the UK around climate change. Almost 50 campaigners made up this particular party.
Here are some reflections after The Wave from some of the members of the group:
Was the day what you though it was going to be?
It was much more than that, it was miles better. Afnan
Mostly, but the amount of enthusiasm and the number of people were even more than I had imagined. Jack
It was far better. Joining the march at Trafalgar Square was awesome. Patrick
It was really good and went a lot faster than I expected it to – there was so much going on. Lizzie
It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Penny
Yes, but a bit more peaceful than expected – more chains!! Joe
It was better. Real sense of purpose and commitment came through. Rosa
What were the best bits of the day?
Looking back across the river and seeing that it was still just as busy on the other side; seeing people of all ages and all walks of life coming together; my blue hands! Jack
Josh and his extremely loud chanting; the far too early train trip with Terry. Imogen
Sitting on the lion; ‘Hey you, give us five, help our planet to survive!’ and painting myself blue. Joe
The march; the TV interview; painting my face blue. Penny
Taking part in the workshops before the march; seeing the sights – no 10 Downing Street; listening to Alan on the train. Lizzie
The whole march; being under Big Ben for the first Wave; being painted blue. Clara
The march; the coffee and sit down after the march; the amazing atmosphere. Rosa
What’s the message you’d like to give to world leaders in Copenhagen?
Raise the stakes, make big promises and actually keep them. Afnan
Don’t leave it too late. Take the bold step necessary to bring about change. Now. Patrick
Climate change is an important issue in the lives of so many people and more need to be done to reduce its effects and support the people affected by it. Jack
CLIMATE JUSTICE!! Think of those who really need help. Imogen
Pull your finger out Obama! Joe
Getting the best deal to lower carbon emissions is the most important thing they can do. Clara
Protect the vulnerable in the world before defending the rights of the rich and secure. Is it right that they suffer the effects of climate change and we stand by and watch? Rosa
How did you feel at the end of the day?
Exhausted, but completely empowered and ready to take action. Afnan
Pleased with myself. Joe
Empowered and buzzing. Imogen
Satisfied and proud. Lizzie
Exhausted, but good. Rosa
Shattered, but with the tiredness a sense of accomplishment. Patrick
Of course! It was an opportunity of a lifetime and to be part of something that was so historic and that would open people’s eyes was amazing. I’m so glad I can say that I was there! (: Afnan