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Video: Demonstration in Nottingham by Coalition for Climate Justice

As world leaders have been meeting in Glasgow this week to discuss the climate emergency, local activists and community groups in Nottingham have been forming a coalition to demand climate justice.

The Nottingham Coalition for Climate Justice formed last month to bring together a diverse collection of groups in Nottingham to demand climate justice in the city and to be part of a national campaign holding leaders accountable.

Francesa Broad, 23 from Lenton, recently graduated from the University of Nottingham in Environmental science and spoke at the rally, she said:

“Climate justice can only be attained when the Global North develops its policies to include paying reparations to the Global South.

“This is because of the historic carbon debt the Global North has relative to the Global South.” She said and encouraged people from all walks of life to attend: “Come by even for 10 minutes to feel the atmosphere of the rally and hear some of the speakers. You may hear something that strikes a cord with you personally,”

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Caroline Kodecki, 60, is a support worker at a local university and attended the rally because of the growing climate emergency: “I’m a mother and grandmother, and the more I find out about climate change the more scared I am for my children and grandchildrens’ future.”

Helen Mitchem, 45, from Wollaton, said “Like-minded people in Nottingham came together to show solidarity with people around the world, to demand climate justice for all people and species on our shared Planet, I HAD to be part of this great gathering.”

The event began at 1pm at the Forest Recreation Ground, where speakers rallied the crowds for the march at 2pm down Mansfield Road.

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