Thousands of people marched on the streets of Durban on the 3rd day of December, marking the Global Day of Action for climate action.

The action was carried out by Environmental Activists, social movements, Rights groups and citizens from around the world. The march covered a distance of close to 7 km and passed by  the International  Conference Centre where close to 200 nations are deliberating on efforts to fight climate change at COP17. They demanded that these negotiators at the UN climate change conference take serious the issues on climate change that is affecting the world already.

The outside space representing groups from all across the developing and developed worlds were all united in their demand which was made known by several leaders from the space including Nnimmo Bassey the chair of friends of the Earth International and executive director of Environmental Rights Action, ERA he said:
"We don't want Africa to be cooked, we don't want Africa to be roasted, we don't want Africa to be boiled, we the people of Africa and the world, demand that our leaders should hear us."
We also demand that negotiators agree to a new legally-binding mandate to cut carbon dioxide emissions, blamed for global warming.

The peaceful protesters  handed a letter over to the South African president of COP17, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the U.N. executive secretary of the conference, Christina Figueres.

Figueres said  " I'm well aware that it's not just you that it's millions around the world.  Minister Mashabane and I are working to push governments in that direction.  We are working tirelessly.  I want you to know they were working until four o'clock this morning and we will continue to work.".

The Negotiations  continues over the weekend  and the next week  and several key issues including the second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol and the establishment of a Green Climate Fund to help developing nations.

The hope for  major climate deal is  low, while the call for action has been as loud as ever: climate justice now.


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