Sustainable Crediton at Unite to Survive: Bath, 28 October

On October 28th several of us from Sustainable Crediton including members of Crediton Climate Action Group went up to Bath, by train of course, to join in the Unite to Survive March.

Arriving at Victoria Park we were met by friendly faces and a raft of gazebos and marquees with folk representing various organisations supporting Climate Action. These included local XR groups, Greenpeace, Climate Justice, Avon Wildlife Trust and Kidical Mass, to name but a few. At 12:30 we headed off around the historical city of Bath with the sun shining upon us. We were lead by a lively Samba band and a wonderful choir held the rear. There were lots of fantastic costumes and banners. The Red, Green and White Rebels were all there.

I and many others got a pat on the head from the magnificent Wye River Goddess. The march was orderly and good natured and I got to talk to interesting people from around the south west and the Bath public at large, as I and many others did outreach with the bystanders. I have been asked several times since about the police presence. It was low key and friendly. One Sus Cred member chatted with an officer whose only complaint was about a couple of drivers who were behaving recklessly when they had to wait.

The march wound back to Victoria park where I believe theatre, singing and workshops continued but I must confess these old bones with several others headed for a sit down in a coffee shop and then the skies opened and the rain poured down. Huge thanks to the wonderful people who organized this great event and especially to those who undoubtedly worked in the rain to take everything down.

Christina Dymond