Environmental march for people of Gloucestershire

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First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Dursley, Cam, Sharpness, Slimbridge, Kingscote, Stone, Coaley, Berkeley, Uley, Woodford, North Nibley, Wotton-under-Edge, Kingswood, Stinchcombe and Cambridge

PEOPLE from across the county with a passion for environment are invited to a march to place pressure on governments.

Gloucestershire Climate March, linked to People’s Climate March in New York, will take place on Sunday, September 21, in Stroud.

Setting off at 12 midday from Stroud Subscription Rooms, in Kendrick Street, the plan is for the group to form a large heart shape to symbolise things that are cherished on the planet.

The march will urge governments to develop binding policies to curb CO2 emissions and encourage humanity to develop low carbon initiatives.

Taking place on a day of global action spearheaded by campaigning groups 350.org and Avaaz, the event will coincide with a climate summit in New York hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Participants will sign a declaration and petition, which will be the start of many actions by GlosCAN.

Two planning meetings will take place on September 9 at 7pm and 9 pm at The Exchange, in Brick Row, Stroud. A preparation day will be held on Sunday, September 14, from 10am to 4pm, at the same venue, where flags and banners will be made.

GlosCAN6 committee member Arun Cappi said: "The event is an opportunity to share information with the wider public, to help the evidence become clear; and to show that it is a fair and scientific assessment of the impact that we are having on the atmosphere."

Event planner Fred Miller said: "The mountainous challenge that is climate change reminded me of the Bear Hunt story: ‘You can't go round it, you can't go under it, you have to … climb it’ … and ‘Climb it’ sounds like Climate, so that is what we called it."

GlosCAN are a group of citizens of Gloucestershire who are extremely concerned about climate change and the impact on current and future generations.

For more information visit www.gloscan.org.uk

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