As you know the G20 is in town, discussing our future and how we can get out of the financial crisis. As others have said, and I agree, I believe that we are at a pivotal moment in our history. I am not a doom monger but the effects of climate change and possible deepening recession have to be taken seriously.
On Saturday 28th March I participated in an event run by the campaign “Put People First!” The day began with a Christian service in Westminster Central Hall. This was uplifting and informative. It had speakers from different organisations talking about problems they have encountered and possible solutions that can help. Afterwards we filtered into the main march (around 40,000 people) at Westminster Square outside the Houses of Parliament. As we walked down Whitehall and through Trafalgar Square, I saw several worthy campaigns that deserve the attention of our leaders.
Despite the weather forecast being freezing cold and heavy showers, the march was pleasant and sometimes even the sun came out. Walking along Central London with like-minded people gave me a feeling that democracy can work and if enough people feel strongly about an issue, the world can change!
From Piccadilly Circus, the march culminated in Hyde Park for a rally. This was a chance to listen to several inspirational campaigners and activists from around the world, explaining why change is no longer a just a goal it’s a necessity! It was a message to the leaders of the G20 countries to talk about and make the decision to act on the current financial crisis, stopping the job losses; justice for the poorest people in the form of improving trade; and tackling the pressing issue of climate change, ensuring that real and achievable targets are made so that we live in a greener and fairer world.
Let’s hope they will listen!
For more information, please visit www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk