Thousands in France, California say 'no' to climate change
Thousands of people gather in front of Paris town hall during a protest, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Demonstrators in cities across France and Europe were marching on Saturday as part of a global day of protest ahead of a climate action summit this month in San Francisco, California. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) September 8 at 4:02 PM
PARIS â" More than 18,000 people marched Saturday in Paris as part of an international mobilization to show popular support for urgent measures to combat climate change in advance of a San Francisco summit.
Crowds overflowed a plaza in front of City Hall before marching east to the Place de la Republique, carrying an urgent message that itâs up to the public to put glo bal warming at the top of the political agenda.
âPlanet in Danger,â read some banners.
Activists around the world encouraged âRise for Climateâ protests before the summit taking place Sept.12-Sept. 14. Californiaâs governor proposed the event after President Donald Trump vowed to pull the U.S. out of a landmark 2015 climate accord.
The international agreement was negotiated in France, and the French capitalâs march was more successful than ones held Saturday in other French cities or elsewhere in Europe.
Thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco, marching about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the cityâs piers to City Hall. Demonstrators banged drums, sang and hoisted signs that said âRise for climate justiceâ and âNot a penny more for dirty energy.â They called for politicians to spearhead a transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
Police estimated that 18,500 took part in the Paris march, while organizers put the number at some 50,000.
Several hundred people gathered in Franceâs southern port city of Marseille. Several dozen called for an end to the use of fossil fuels outside Londonâs Tate Modern art gallery. Only about two dozen showed up in Barcelona, Spain.
The front-page of Franceâs daily Liberation newspaper featured a call from 700 French scientists for the government to âmove from incantations to acts to move toward a carbon-free society.â
The language was a reference to French President Emmanuel Macronâs use of the phrase âMake our planet great again,â a takeoff on Trumpâs âMake America Great Againâ campaign slogan.
The signing scientists also called for âstrong and clear political choicesâ and said âsolutions are available.â
The march in Paris, organized with the theme âChange the system, but donât change the climate,â was both festive and serious.
One protester, Manuel Bibes, denounced the plastic th at inundates daily life. Another, Rodgrigo de la Vega criticized the practice of driving down the road to buy bread.
âThere is no Planet B,â a sign read.
Elaine Ganley and Chris den Hond in Paris and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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