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On, 29th November 2015, Ugandans will join hundreds-of-thousands across the Globe taking to the streets ahead of the December UN Climate summit in Paris calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to halt man-made climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality.

As part of the Global Climate March, citizens will call on governments to speed up action on climate change by signing an ambitious climate agreement.

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In Uganda, citizens will rally on the streets of the capital Kampala, echoing the call for climate action from the Pope, who will be in the country as part of his first trip to Africa.

The climate change bicycle ride with murals and more than 5000 people will rally to Bwaise- a Kampala slum and one of the stand out areas heavily affected  by climate change.  The rally will also see at least a 100 people share their stories on how they have been affected by climate change.

The Rally will be addressed by Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, head of Uganda’s delegation to COP21 and other key government decision makers and politicians.

The summit in Paris is the second of two unique UN summits in 2015, which together provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change. At the UNGA in September, world leaders committed to a new set of Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Now leaders face their first test on whether they are serious about making these goals a reality.

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Isaac Kabongo, Executive Director, Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) said, ‘Addressing climate change, and ending poverty and inequalities are two sides of the same coin.  We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns. If leaders want to fully implement the newly adopted Global Goals, tackling inequality and ending poverty within a generation, they will need to fairly transition their economies from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.’

The impact of climate change is already affecting people in all corners of the world, with the most vulnerable being hit hardest. Storms are strengthening, droughts are lasting longer, and floods are worsening – all of which will make it much harder for affected communities to survive.   A strong agreement in Paris could help poorer countries reduce carbon pollution and help vulnerable communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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From the Amazon to the megacities of the South, from the streets of America to the squares of Europe, from villages in Africa and Asia to low-lying island communities in the Pacific – in cities, towns and villages across the world citizens will be marching for change and highlighting how decisions in Paris will have an impact nationally.

Speaking about the event Ashwini Prabha of Climate Network said: “This weekend hundreds and thousands of people are calling for action to fight climate change  – one of the defining issues of our time. In Paris, governments must agree a robust, universal agreement which signals the end of fossil fuel emissions by 2050, the main cause of climate change. Now is the time for a strong deal for climate action. Climate change affects us all and we are uniting today from all walks of life to demand action. Our calls must not be ignored.’’

Other countries taking part will carry out the following activities:

Sâo Paulo, Brazil will see a huge gathering on 29th November with people showcasing their own solutions to climate change issues. The congregation will start marching towards one of the city´s iconic parks where speeches and music will unite the participants.

In New Delhi, India and in some other cities throughout the country, a Global Climate Walk is planned, with yoga, biking, and marching in seven cities. The main activity will be in New Delhi, where on Sunday 29th November morning, people from across society will join together for the climate.

Following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, mobilisations have been banned in the country and French activists have called for people around the world to march in their name and in solidarity with them and others affected by terror attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, Kano and elsewhere. Civil society groups are showing more determination than ever to meet the challenges facing the world with hope, a call for climate justice and peace, not fear.

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