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Marching for the Planet

 

Ok, I’ll admit I can be a bit of a crazy cat but even for me the thought of stepping out in Edinburgh at the end of November isn’t the most attractive proposition.  Let’s face it, it is likely to be cold and maybe a bit windy.  But myself and thousands of others from all across Scotland will be wrapping up and taking to the streets of Edinburgh for Scotland’s Climate March on Saturday 28 November.  Why?  Because we want a better and  just future for all  – where climate change is part of our past, not our future.

The things that will motivate people to take to the streets will be varied – for some it’s their belief that those who have contributed least to climate change should be helped to cope with some of its worst impacts.  For others it’s the loss of iconic species whose habitats are being destroyed to support our ever growing appetite for cheaper products, whether clothing, wood or oil.  For me it’s a mixture of both.  As part of my job I see incredible images of animals from all over the world – from tigers playing in the snow, to a newly hatched turtle making its way to the sea.  I also work with passionate and dedicated people at WWF Scotland who want to see a better, fairer future for us all.  The things I have learned since working for WWF have had an affect on how I live my life.  I better link the impact my actions can have  on those living thousands of miles away.  For example I recently moved house and bought some new furniture.  Thanks to the WWF Forest campaign, I was careful to check where the wood for my dining room table had come from and if it was from a sustainable source.  By doing so I hope I have helped save a small piece of forestry somewhere, leaving trees standing for animals such as orangutans to live in.

Bornean Orangutan female 'Lady Di' with her son 'La Betty' aged 3 years (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii). Camp Rasak, Lamandau Nature Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWFBornean Orangutan female ‘Lady Di’ with her son ‘La Betty’ aged 3 years (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii). Camp Rasak, Lamandau Nature Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWF

So that’s why I will be joining the event on Saturday 28 November, no matter how cold or windy it is.  It’s being organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, and is one of hundreds of similar marches taking place all over the world the weekend before world leaders meet for the latest UN climate talks in Paris.  People from all walks of life will come together to call for an agreement that cuts greenhouse gas emissions and helps the poorest countries adapt to the challenges they face caused by climate change.  The family-friendly march will culminate with music, entertainment and speeches at the iconic Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

Marching for the planet in Scotland © WWF ScotlandMarching for the planet in Scotland © WWF Scotland

So if you’re up for it, join me and thousands more and brighten up a dreich November day!

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