Hundreds to rally in Cardiff for fair, global climate deal at crucial UN talks

Wednesday 25th November 2015

Hundreds of people from across Wales are expected to rally for a fair, global deal on climate action this Saturday [28 November] ahead of crucial UN talks at the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Paris (COP 21).

Wildlife Trusts Wales is one of the members of coalition group Stop Climate Chaos and is supporting Wales Climate Action Day which will see hundreds of people in Cardiff taking part in a mass bike ride from the city centre to the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay, where they will rally to call for strong action on climate change in Wales and at the UN talks, which start on Monday 30 November.

Stop Climate Chaos Cymru is calling on decision-makers at the UN talks to reach a fair, global deal on action to tackle climate change.

During the event, entertainment will be provided by rapper and former Children’s Poet of Wales Aneirin Karadog, Zimbabwean singers Zim Voices and Zimbabwean poet Eric Charles, the activists choir Côr Cochion, the up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Carmarthen Asher Storm, and community singers Sisters on the Shore. Participants will also be addressed by cross-party representatives and representatives from the Welsh civil society. The compère for the event will be award-winning comedian and broadcaster Dan Mitchell.

This family-friendly event is part of a global movement for climate action ahead of the UN talks, which will also see events take place in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland on 28 November and in London and Belfast on Sunday 29 November.

The rally at the Senedd is sponsored by Bethan Jenkins AM.

Haf Elgar, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, said:

“The UN talks that start next Monday have to produce a fair, global deal on climate action and we want Wales’ voice to be heard as part of the global movement for change. Climate change has a devastating impact across the globe, and threatens many of the things we love.

“We’re really excited that Wales Climate Action Day is taking place and that so many people will be joining us to call on world leaders to reach an ambitious deal.

“We’re inviting anyone who cares about living on a safe and sustainable planet to join us for this Saturday to show that Wales wants the world to act on climate change.”

During the rally at the Senedd on 28 November, the participants will be addressed by:

• Haf Elgar, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru
• Bethan Jenkins AM (Plaid Cymru, South Wales West)
• Alun Davies AM (Labour, Blaenau Gwent)
• William Powell AM (Liberal Democrats, Mid and West Wales)
• Pippa Bartolotti (Leader, Wales Green Party)
• David Clubb (Director, RenewableUK Cymru)
• Elen Jones (National Coordinator, Fair Trade Wales)
• Chris Roberts (Head of External Affairs, Sustrans Cymru)
• Rev. Canon Carol Wardman (Bishops’ Adviser for Church and Society)
• Huw Thomas (Head, Christian Aid Wales)

They will also enjoy music and entertainment by:

• Côr Cochion
• Rapper and former Children’s Poet of Wales Aneirin Karadog
• Zimbabwean poet Eric Charles
• Zim Voices
• Asher Storm
• Sisters on the Shore

Logistics

13.30 Gather at Callaghan Square, central Cardiff
13.40 Depart on bike ride from Callaghan Square to Cardiff Bay via the cycle path on Lloyd George Avenue
13.40-14.00 Mass bike ride from Callaghan Square to Cardiff Bay via Lloyd George Ave.
14.00-15.00 Gather in front of the Senedd building for the rally

Sustrans Cymru have organised the mass bike ride on behalf of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru.

Participants joining us without their bikes are invited to meet at the Senedd at 14.00.