People all over Hampshire will be making their voices heard on the weekend of 28 and 29 November to keep global warming below 2 degrees C. They are telling the UK Government and around 200 world leaders at the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris between 30 November and 12 December to set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions which will be legally binding on all the nations of the world. 

With 2015 expected to be the hottest year ever recorded and reliable predictions that global warming will hit 1 degree C in 2016, the Paris Climate Conference is widely agreed to be our last chance of preventing runaway climate change and its disastrous effects. 

The weekend’s activities begin with the Alton Climate Rally on Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:00am to 1:00pm at Alton Public Gardens. Alton Climate Alliance are calling on as many people as possible to be there at 12 noon for an aerial photo to send to the Paris talks and to David Cameron. 

On Sunday 29 November, Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) expects 250 people to walk in Winchester People's Procession for Paris. They set off from Abbey Gardens SO23 9BE, adjacent to the Broadway, at 10:00am and end at Winchester Railway Station with a small rally, from where some walkers will go on to join the march in London.  

Over 650 people are expected to attend the Southampton People's Climate Demonstration in Guildhall Square, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP 1pm to 4pm on 29 November. “Let's demonstrate that we care about our environment and climate, to give our government the courage and motivation to take the steps they need to ensure we protect our planet for our future and that of our children” said organiser Jenny Barnes. There will be stalls, music, activities for all ages: “Our voices will be combined with others' around the world to create a song in which hundreds of thousands sing united together, in 20 different languages”. More from Southampton People's Climate Demonstration Facebook page

All three events include music and singing, with a song specially written for WinACC by one of their members. 

People's March for the Climate

On Sunday 29 November, delegations from Alton, Basingstoke, the New Forest, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester and other places around Hampshire will be at the London national People's March for the Climate, forecast to be the largest UK climate demonstration ever. They will take their banners and messages of good will and support from eminent local people and local residents.

The New Forest banners will show a collage of the most colourful of local children’s Postcards to Paris. Children from three to sixteen years old from 20 schools in the New Forest have written over 1000 postcards to world leaders in Paris voicing their thoughts, fears and suggested actions. Solar Century have donated prizes of solar lamps for different age groups.  The cards, many carrying inspiring messages, will be carried by Mark Hancock who will cycle them into Paris with scientists from Pole to Paris. 

Letters and petitions to Prime Minister

 Winchester Action on Climate Change has collected almost 700 signatures on a letter supporting the UK Government’s promise to fight for a strong agreement in Paris, including from Cllr Roy Perry, Chairman of Hampshire County Council, and Winchester City Councillors including the Leader Stephen Godfrey, Portfolio-holder for the Environment Cllr Frank Pearson, and Shadow Portfolio-holder Anne Weir. Text and more details .

Alton has also organised a petition to go to David Cameron, and have pre-printed postcards addressed to David Cameron from residents of Alton, giving support to a fair, strong, legally binding global climate deal - which have room for an individual message as well.

Cycling to Paris

Mark Hancock is going to Paris by bike, and will be blogging daily from 23rd November. Mark will be accompanied by an owl who is blogging back with plenty of pictures for children 

 Oswaldo and Mark will be taking the children’s “Postcards to Paris” on his journey. Mark says, “It is seeing how many cards were about animals that persuaded Oswaldo to accompany me to speak out for the animals.” 

Last weekend,  Morgan Curtis, 24, and Garrett Blad, 23, arrived in Winchester near the final stretches of Climate Journey - a six-month, ten-country bicycle expedition to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December. Over the past four and a half months, they have gathered stories of individuals and communities mobilizing for climate action. Starting in Vermont, USA, the pair has cycled through Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK. Before crossing the channel to France, the duo were hosted by Winchester Action on Climate Change. 

Blogs from Paris 

Depending on what the French poice decide is safe, we hope that other blogs will be coming in giving various perspectives over the two weeks of the Paris Climate Conference. We will be linking to them.