Local Events - Going Backwards on Climate Change
As well as the London march Going Backwards events were held round the country on 7th and 8th May.
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The march assembled 12pm City Square Leeds (outside Leeds station). Set off 1pm for route around the city centre (small sections of backwards walking), returning to City Square for speeches. More information
Meeting in Beeston High St just outside Nottingham on Sat, there was a lively protest attracting much public attention about how the Tories have undone actions to limit climate change since they were elected a year ago. Over 50 protesters, many wearing Cameron masks staged a walking backwards protest for the media before marching to Anna Soubry MP's (minister for business) constituency office to deliver a letter of protest. Diverse Protesters, + many young people, were from a variety of local environmental groups with speakers from Frack Free Notts, Nottm Global Justice Now, local anti TTIP campaigners, The Green Party, a local Labour Councillor and neighbouring Derby campaigners.
Some 50 marchers (many walking backwards or with backwards outfits) through the town centre certainly caught the attention of shoppers, bringing the campaign to interested passers by. A group also took the message about not investing in climate change to a local Barclays branch after the demo. More on Facebook
In Manchester's Albert Square, speeches called for urgent climate action with a particular focus on the Boxing Day flood in Salford. At 3pm with the bells of Manchester Town Hall ringing, the campaigners walked backwards around Albert Square. Report in Salford Star here & video
Sunday 8 May, Going Backwards on Climate Change - Bristol March
The march assembled in Castle Park at 12, to set off at half past, heading around the centre and then to College Green for a rally: Pictures to come!
Over 100 people, including a very strong contingent from the regional anti fracking campaigns (and some drummers) gathered for the backwards march. Speakers afterwards included Rachael Maskell MP (Labour), Cllr Andrew Waller (Lib Dem), Cllr Denise Craghill (Green Party), Richard Lane, chair of York Community Energy and Jenny Cooke, of the Institute for Civil Engineers.
Saturday 7 May, Going Backwards event, 2pm as part of Sidmouth Sea Fest at The Ham, Sidmouth.