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Video: hundreds join climate vigil

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Hundreds of people joined a Vigil for the Planet today, Saturday, in Stroud High Street to mark the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.

Campaigners lines Stroud High Street and Kendrick Street. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

The event began at noon and featured music from the Stroud Red Band, followed by campaigners standing back-to-back in the High Street and Kendrick Street to demonstrate their concern over the climate crisis.

Suzanne Jones from Stroud joined the protest. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Campaigners were joined by a seven-foot dinosaur carrying placards highlighting climate issues and were later treated to a performance of The Emperor’s New Loft Insulation, a pantomime written by Elizabeth Stanley.

Rev Geoff Price and his wife, Hope attended the vigil. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

The event was held to coincide with COP26, the United Nations’ climate change conference, which is taking place in Glasgow this week. Stroud resident and organiser of the event Martin Whiteside said: “I was impressed so many people came to show how desperate they are for COP26 to succeed.

The Emperor’s New Loft Insulation pantomime, written by Elizabeth Stanley, was performed in the High Street. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“The dinosaur brought the message home about what we face if we don’t act quickly. I estimate that around 500 people have taken part, with one person cycling from Wootton Bassett to get here.

Campaigners in Stroud High Street. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“We in Stroud want to urge our government to lead with much more urgency. We want them to stop dithering and take immediate action on this issue.”

David and Faye Thames with their children Isabel and Simon. Picture: Matt Bigwood.
Hundreds attended the vigil. Picture: Matt Bigwood.
Stroud Red Band performed on the corner of Kendrick Street and High Street.

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