On Saturday the 5th December, Winchester’s residents will be taking to the streets to press for tough measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

To coincide with the Copenhagen climate talks, Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) will once again give a voice to hundreds of local citizens who feel that climate change is an emergency which needs to be taken more seriously by local and national governments.

So far, Governments have been slow to act. All over the world, governments are coming under pressure to reach the strong and binding international agreements that are urgently needed. The Winchester march will demonstrate support for the UK Government to take a leadership role in ensuring that wealthy countries sign up for the urgent and necessary cuts in their carbon emissions, but also vote for the transfer of resources to enable developing countries to reduce their fossil fuel usage while at the same time tackling the desperate poverty that prevails in many countries.

As a registered charity WinACC draws its support from all political parties. With Winchester City Council it has set itself the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester district by a third by 2015 – which means 20% by 2012, and 10 % by the end of 2010. This needs real commitment from the great majority of organisations and households, as well as from local and national government. Climate change is everyone’s issue.

The 5 December march promises to engage participants in an enjoyable and creative way; involving local musicians and performers as well as all who want to join in a spirit of collaboration. Dee Atkinson, WinACC’s organiser of this event, promises “an atmosphere of solidarity and optimism, and an experience which will be fun, focused and uplifting”.

Anyone concerned about climate change is invited to join WinACC for coffee at the Friends’ Meeting House,16 Colebrook Street, Winchester, at 10:00 on Saturday 5 December for a 10:30 start. The procession will then move along High Street and Jewry Street to the railway station from where many WinACC members and supporters will
catch the 11:18 train to London to join the national march. This is expected to be the biggest and most important demonstration on climate change ever seen. 

Robert Hutchison, WinACC’s Chairman, said: “WinACC’s efforts are gaining increasing support. We are just one of many thousands of grass roots organisations. We hope that, with millions of people across the world demanding early action on climate change, a political tipping point will be reached to accelerate the necessary shift to a low
carbon economy.”