On Saturday 5 December staff and supporters of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust will be joining tens of thousands of people marching through London in a massive human wave to call for action on climate change ahead of crucial talks at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen.
The Trust is calling on the people of Wiltshire to join in and travel to London to take part in the ‘The Wave’, which is being organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. The march will start at mid day in Grosvenor Square and end by circling Parliament at 3pm.
The Trust is laying on two coaches to provide the Wiltshire public with an organised means of attending the march. Both will leave at 8.30am on Saturday 5 December; one leaving from Trowbridge and passing through Devizes, and one from Swindon.
Tickets are only £11.50 return, which includes travel on the London Underground. Those wanting to book a place should contact the Trust on (01380) 725670 as soon as possible. Trust staff will be wearing blue tabards and clothing and carrying blue banners to join the procession.
“The Trust is working with other organisations to fill more coaches leaving from the county. We want to ensure we have full coaches – not several half full ones,” says the Trust’s Head of Environmental Action and Learning John Nickerson.
“We want to support the UK’s commitment to a deal that is tough on emission targets, legally binding, morally just and fully resourced,” says John.
Coaches from Malmesbury, Marlborough, Chippenham and another from Swindon still need to be completely filled.
• For Swindon, contact Swindon Climate Action Network
• For Marlborough, contact Marlborough Climate Pledge
• For Malmesbury, contact Simon Killane ((07761) 682103; Frances Goldstone (01666) 823276 or Mike Langtree (01666) 823982; Graham Allnatt. (01666) 822430
• For Chippenham, contact Good Energy.
• Salisbury (South Wilts Local Agenda 21) have already filled their coaches so for information about alternatives from these areas please contact the Trust.
• Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon has filled a train coach, but those wishing to join them on the same train are welcome. It leaves at 9.25am from Bradford to Waterloo, returning at 7.20pm. Contact them for more information at email@example.com
• For people on the borders of Dorset there will be coaches from Dorchester, Wimborne, Poole and Bournemouth. For more information about these please contact the Archdeacon of Sherborne the Venerable Paul Taylor
• Co-operative members or Oxfam supporters may like to contact these organisations about travel.
• There are also specially arranged trains from the West Country
Frances Goldstone of the Malmesbury River Valleys Trust says: “I recognise how important tackling climate change is to the continued health of the local environment.” She is working with others in the town to put on the coach.
Her fellow organiser, Graham Allnatt (in photo), from the Malmesbury Justice and Peace group, says: “I see the injustice that is happening in developing countries as a result of climate change and want to alert people at home to the fact that there are changes here too, though they may not be quite so immediately visible.”
If you’re unsure what the movement is all about and you want to understand more about climate change, why not watch the film ‘The Age of Stupid’. The film has been shown in several places in the county already but will be shown for a second time in Marlborough on 3 December in the Wesley Hall at 8.00pm by Marlborough Climate Pledge, and in Urchfont Village Hall on Sunday 15 December at 4.00pm.
Pictured, L to R: Members of the Malmesbury blue wave: Simon Killane, Graham Allnatt, Catherine Doody and Bryony Jones