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Date: 28 November 2015
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Climate change is not just a white, middle class issue, say people of colour leading climate march

Today’s (Sunday) climate march in London is being led by people of colour, including Indigenous people from the continents in a bloc called ‘Wretched of the Earth’.

Kay Oz, marching with activist group Black Dissidents said:

“Black and brown communities all over the world are the first to face climate change. We are the first to fall in the fight for climate justice, but we are also the first to fight back. That’s why we are leading this march.”

Climate change exacerbates the migration crisis, so can’t be seen as a separate issue, say the marchers. Kay Oz said:

Climate change is part of a political and economic system which is failing the 99% here, whilst causing war and chronic poverty elsewhere, forcing migration.”

Some of the marchers will break from the march to lay coffins and wreaths at the headquarters of BP. Kay Oz said:

“The message is an old one, the earth is not dying, it is being killed. We know who the killers are, and BP is one of them. BP proves that you can still be a terrorist in a suit and tie.

Climate change is violence. It’s not about recycling and polar bears; it’s about genocide and ecocide.

Notes for photo editors:

  • Photo opportunity: Protesters will break away from the main march at BP HQ (1 St James’s Square London, SW1Y 4PD) to lay coffins and wreaths for BP’s victims.
  • Free distributable photos will be available immediately after the march – email & with your request

Notes for editors:

  • The march will begin 12 noon, Park Lane, marching to Millbank, 2.45-3.45pm.
  • The Wretched of the Earth – Global Frontlines Bloc was called by Algeria Solidarity Campaign, Argentina Solidarity Campaign, Black Dissidents, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Environmental Justice North Africa, Global Afrikan People’s Parliament, Global Justice Forum, Kilombo, London Mexico Solidarity, Movimiento Ecuador Reino Unido (MERU), Movimiento Jaguar Despierto, PARCOE, South Asia Solidarity Group, The London Latinxs, This Changes Everything UK.

Contact: Kay Oz live from the march: 074430 89938,

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