Candlelit vigil as Belper marks historic Paris summit

Belper will join with vigils around the world in support of environmental policy change this weekend.

Belper will join with vigils around the world in support of environmental policy change this weekend.

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Supporters of environmental progression are invited to take part in a candlelit vigil to mark the international climate summit.

The symbolic joining in solidarity with the Paris Environmental Summit will take place in Belper Market Place on Sunday, November 29 from 3.30pm to 7.30.

The vigil, organised by local environmental group Inner Transition Belper, will mark a historic meeting of world leaders which aims to achieve a long-awaited legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a level designed to limit the the global temperature increase to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Scientists are now clear that any increase above 2 degrees will have a disastrous effect on the planet and on human well-being.

The intention behind the vigil in Belper is to demonstrate public support for conclusive commitments to bring down carbon emissions as an urgent priority. The vigil will bring local people together to reflect at this important time, providing a chance to share their thoughts on these momentous issues.

The organisers are delighted to announce that the Town Mayor, Dan Booth, will be joining them for part of the evening, and invite locals to follow his lead and by supporting this event.

Organiser, Maggie Braley says, "We invite the people of Belper to come and help us create a large heart made of candles, images of which will be uploaded live to a website broadcasting events from across the globe directly to the leaders who will be gathering in Paris. Even if you can only stay for a short time, you'll be most welcome." The event will include music from Beth de Lange, Sue MacFarlane and members of Rough Truffles, displays from local environmental groups, as well as possible discussions. A local "craftivist," Anne Clark, will also be running a craft project inviting people to make their own green heart to wear on their sleeve.

Everyone is welcome, including families. All you need to bring is warm clothing, and a candle/tealight in a jar, plus any songs or readings you may wish to share.

For further information please contact Maggie Braley on 07817 754004.