The Wave

The Wave in London, on Saturday, seemed to be a great success. It started with a train ride up to Waterloo and a tube trip to Bond Street where I stepped out into the busy London streets filled with Christmas shoppers.

Grosvenor Square was the starting point of the march where crowds gathered to see guest speakers on the stage from a number of organisations with the crazy beatbox style of Beardyman to gee the crowds up.

Organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition over 50,000 people gathered to make their voices heard and everybody wore blue to create a wave as they marched to and surrounded Parliament. Ed Milliband, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Peter Mandelson were  in attendance for a short while and Gordon Brown even invited 24 people in at the end of the march for a discussion.

For me it was good to be part of a great bunch of people all aiming for the same thing - to get some action on climate change rather than the meagre proposals that timid governments are currently putting forward. It's big business and shareholders that are the problem here , thinking that their profit is more important than using some of their gains to reduce emissions, cut carbon, stop pollution and quit destroying the environment. The obvious question for big business here is where will their profit come from once they've depleted the planet?

But I digress. The Wave was great, everyone was friendly and the police did a good job, even the scowling chief officers keeping a watchful eye on the photographers. The Hare Krishnas, complete with mobile drumkit, bass and electric mandolin (all amped up) put a smile on many people's faces, as did the guy dressed as a polar bear protesting at the tar sands extraction outside the Canadian Embassy on the rout of the march.

Here are all the photos from The Wave on flickr and here are my photos.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change