A large number of climate activists gathered in Queen’s Gardens today, joining a Strike 4 Climate protest organised by Extinction Rebellion Hull and Strike 4 Climate Youth Hull.
Aligning with many similar rallies around the globe, the protestors demanded “system change, not climate change.”
A spokesperson for the organisers of the event said: “At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face. It’s a one-day climate strike, and it will not be the last. This is going to be the beginning of a week of action all over the world. And we hope to make it a turning point in history.”
The activists marched through the city centre, stopping off at The Guildhall where Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, met and greeted them, adding her support and encouragement to their messages for action on climate change.
Gathering at the end of their march in Victoria Square, numerous speeches were given by representatives of organisations, and individuals too, all emphasising the activists’ core message that climate change is happening, lives and species are at risk, and action to prevent global climate chaos must be taken immediately.
As the rally ended, participants staged a ‘die-in’, lying on the ground to illustrate their message that without immediate and effective action to tackle climate change and its impact, humanity itself is in danger.
To end their demonstration, the protestors synchronised their phones to ring alarms together at 12.45pm, signalling that time is running out to respond to climate change effectively.
[Photographs and podcast by Jerome Whittingham, Editor]