The first major climate change demonstration in Winchester took place on Saturday 5 December. 130 people including Professor Joy Carter vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, the Bishop of Winchester Rt Rev Michael Scott Joynt and three parliamentary candidates for the Winchester constituency Steve Brine, Patrick Davies and Martin Tod marched from Abbey Gardens to the beat of a drumming band up the High Street to the railway station.

The purpose of the march was to send a signal to government on the weekend before the Copenhagen negotiations that an ever growing number of people are concerned about climate change. They all want to see the best possible outcome from Copenhagen. 

 Addressing the crowd in the station courtyard, Robert Hutchison chairman of Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) – the coalition of organisations and citizens working to lower Winchester’s carbon footprint – said that the march had been very important: ‘It was important as an act of solidarity with the millions of people who are already suffering from the impacts of human caused climate change; it was important as an act of witness of the rapidly growing number of people who recognize the scale of the threat and opportunity brought about by climate change’. Mr Hutchison added that he hoped that the people of Winchester would work together to reduce the district’s carbon footprint by 10 per cent in 2010.

About 50 Winchester residents then went on to London to join tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and representing over 100 organisations calling on call for the world’s leaders to agree binding targets for carbon emissions at the United Nations climate change conference starting this week in Copenhagen. See bbc news

Links to find out more, and petitions to sign to show your support:

The Wave” 

Stop Climate Chaos 

UN climate change conference - the official website for the Copenhagen conference

Act on CO2

Friends of the Earth

Christian Aid