Tens of thousands join London climate march

September 21, 2014
Demonstrators display placards and banners as they participate in the Peoples Climate March in London on September 21, 2014

Tens of thousands of people in London joined a global day of protest Sunday to demand action on climate change, among them British actress Emma Thompson who said the challenge to save the planet was like tackling a Martian invasion.

An estimated 40,000 people marched through the British capital, according to the Avaaz campaign group, which said the turnout "massively exceeded our expectations". Police would not give an official figure.

The protest was one of thousands across the globe aimed at pressuring world leaders to take bold action on at this week's UN in New York.

A sea of people walked along the River Thames past Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament, many holding placards demanding "Let's do something about " and a large number wearing fancy dress.

In the crowd was Oscar-winning actress Thompson, fresh from a trip this summer to the Arctic to see the melting ice sheets and meet with climate scientists.

"My daughter put it very well, she came with me to the Arctic. She said it's a bit like the Earth is being attacked by Martians, only we are the Martians," the "Sense and Sensibility" star told the BBC ahead of the march.

"If the Earth were being attacked by Martians, we would all get together and say, 'what is it that we are going to do in order to prevent the Netherlands from flooding, for example, or London being under water?'.

"We would all get together and we'd work out to how to deal with it. Which is exactly what we've got to do."

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gkam
2 / 5 (4) Sep 21, 2014
Will there be a parade of deniers?
grondilu
1 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2014
> "We would all get together and we'd work out to how to deal with it. Which is exactly what we've got to do."

Except the "martians" are other human beings in this case. So she's basically advocating civil war. Not great.
gkam
1.3 / 5 (4) Sep 21, 2014
grondilu, where did you get that? She is talking about cooperation, not domination.

grondilu
1 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2014
She's talking about a martian invasion. Typically in SF, when martians invade Earth, the appropriate response does not consist in talking with the martians peacefully and try to find a compromise or anything.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Sep 21, 2014
Oh, my, . . semantic games.

And if by SF you mean San Francisco, you are incorrect again.
grondilu
1 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2014
I'm not the one who used a weird SF (Science-Fiction) analogy in the first place.

If she does not want to sound like someone who wants to resolve the climate change issue with violence, she should not use the metaphor of "Earth being attacked by Martians".
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Sep 21, 2014
Well, there is a point there, but it is a stretch.
howhot2
not rated yet Sep 21, 2014
"There are some things in this world we can't change -- gravity, entropy, the speed of light, and our biological nature that requires clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean energy and biodiversity for our health and well being. Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die. Other things like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate them above the biosphere." --
Dr. David Suzuki PhD.

Dug
1 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2014
The best news about climate marches and any other kind is that those people aren't home reproducing - unless they're doing it in the road Beatles style: http://phys.org/n...tml#nRlv

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