Thousands march against climate change across France

Over 26,000 people took part in climate change protests across France this weekend, in the second major march event on the issue in two months.

14 October 2018
Thousands of people across France marched to raise awareness of the need for action on climate change
By Connexion journalist

Over 14,500 people marched in Paris, which was the largest of around 80 events organised this Saturday (October 13). Other significant marches included 10,000-15,000 people in Lyon; 3,200 people in Lille; 2,500 in Bordeaux; 1,850 in Strasbourg; 3,000-4,000 in Rennes; and around 500 in Marseille.

The previous march event on the issue took place on September 8, after the resignation of Nicolas Hulot, the former minister of ecological transition.

That included 18,500 people in Paris, according to the police, and 50,000 according to the organisers; and an estimated 115,000 across the entire country.

Protesters were aiming to draw attention to climate change, and call on governments to act fast and decisively to introduce ecological measures to halt the worst of the damage expected to come.

According to reports, in France, Alpine glaciers have been found to be melting three times’ quicker than normal in the years since 2003, with an average 25% loss of their usual surface area in just 12 years.

Elsewhere, storms, hurricanes and typhoons have been worsening in severity over the past 30 years; reportedly due to higher ocean temperatures; while forest fires have been increasing because of drought and dry earth.

Temperatures in the North Pole have been recorded at unprecedented high levels - as high as 6.5°C in Greenland, in February - but in Europe this year, the mercury has plunged to an unexpected -12°C.

And 2018 is predicted to be the fourth-hottest year ever on record.

The cause of such events is thought to be excess greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to human activity, causing climate change.

This week, recommendations were released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a meeting in South Korea, saying that climate change must be kept to a temperature rise of just 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels, if the planet is to avoid some of the worst effects.

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