Calls for a greener future were echoed around the world this week as Belper joined global demonstrations to combat climate change.
Belper’s Market Square was filled as demonstrators united with a silent vigil, and sent a message which will be heard by world leaders discussing climate change in Paris for the next two weeks.
More than 70 people braved the cold and wind to attend the show of support on Sunday, November 29.
Organisers from Belper Transition said they were delighted with the turn out, which included a visit from mayor Dan Booth and deputy mayor Gary Spendlove.
And one intrepid supporter cycled all the way from Nottingham in storm conditions.
Organiser Maggie Braley said: “This was an important opportunity for people to come together on the eve of the crucial climate talks”
“The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were impressed by the event, with Coun Spendlove very pleased to see the people of Belper “bearing witness” to these world-scale issues.”
The full-time mum of St John’s Road, added: “It’s about raising the profile of the paris talks and saying it’s time to act globally. Climate change isn’t helping issues of security. People in Bangladesh and parts of Africa experienced increased draughts and really devastating floods whereas in this country we have only had a few extreme floods.
“There’s a lot of pressure on these talk is because the fear is if the temperature of the planet rises above two years that can have a devestating impact, We’ve already reached one degree this year.”
Songs, poems and powerful silences were shared by those who attended, including a song specially composed by local singer Tracey Wilkinson, while in Number 28 many enjoyed working a spot of creative activism, with ‘craftivist’ Anne Clark, making hearts to show their love for the planet.
Local businesses also played their part in keeping spirits high with donations of hot food from Fresh Bite and The Black Swan.
Climate change scientist from Lancaster University Dr Andrew Jarvis, who is attending the talks this week, visited Belper to attend the event.
He said: “If world leaders can get to the stage of agreeing on a target for cutting carbon emissions, we must recognise that as a monumental achievement. But this has to be followed up by real changes in the way we live our lives as societies, communities and individuals if we are to be truly successful in addressing climate change.”