Huge climate march taking place in Copenhagen on Sunday

Key speakers include the former climate minister and UN Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard

With the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris just around the corner, Copenhagen will be the setting for a massive climate march on Sunday.

According to the event’s Facebook page (here in Danish), at least 5,600 people will take part in the march, which will start at Den Røde Plads Square in Nørrebro at 13:00 and conclude in front of the Parliament building, Christiansborg.

“The government has put its pitch black blinkers on, been unambitious, and has even diminished climate and environment ambitions,” said Astrid Rinder Alexandersen, a spokesperson from the grass roots organisation Afrika Kontakt and the climate march.

“That sends a bad message and one which lack solidarity ahead of the negotiations in Paris. But we are many who are displeased with this course and don’t believe the climate can wait. So we are hitting the streets to inform the politicians that the climate crisis needs to be taken seriously and that we want to see action – during and after COP21.”

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A total of 23 Danish organisations are behind the climate march and key speakers include the former climate minister and UN Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard.

The organisations behind the climate march are Klimabevægelsen i Danmark, Greenpeace, Vedvarende Energi, Afrika Kontakt, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, NOAH, Landsforeningen Levende Hav, Plan2B, Det Økologiske Råd, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, PUGAD, Ibis, CARE Danmark, Omstilling Nu, Skifergas Nej Tak, Red jorden simpelt, Verdens Skove, Pole to Paris, Rådet for Bæredygtig Trafik, Verdensnaturfonden WWF, Tid til Fred – Aktiv mod krig, Øko-Net, Caritas, Landsforeningen for Økosamfund and 3F Kastrup.

Copenhagen won’t be alone in demonstrating on Sunday. Similar demonstrations will be held in Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense, Esbjerg, Viborg, Herning and Sønderborg. Some 2,000 demonstrations across over 150 nations are also planned.