Blustery, wet and with a feel of the night after Crediton's
Lights On, our Crediton Climate Challenge
event, although smaller than the London rally, was also
inspiring. Have you read of the commitment of 28 Crediton businesses, organisations
and schools on specially designed posters? You should!
And there were 190 personal commitments.
One child committed to put warmer clothes on before asking if
the heating at home could go up. Another promised to continue
gathering firewood. 37 QE students promised to turn off lights and
computers, recycle, have shorter showers, get dad to get a low
emissions car, hang washing outside and walk to school.
My task was to give a passionate speech by heart. So I did!
In London, the following day, the Climate, Justice and Jobs rally
of 50,000 people was good natured and well behaved. So well behaved
that I feared we might not make it to TV news, but we did.
Gerald and I travelled to Paddington by train with Charlie
Werner and Di Martin from Sandford, Alan Stewart from Crediton and
many others we know.
In Park Lane, the wait was long but, once moving, the atmosphere
was tremendous and several drumming groups kept our spirits up.
Gusts of wind were challenging for those with banners.
We walked on to Lambeth Bridge, where, as planned, we met Mel
Stride's assistant Mike Knuckey and passed him Crediton's special
bag of commitments for Amber Rudd. We were proud to be there with
the backing of all of you.
Laura Conyngham 3.12.15