We had our chance to make incremental changes, but that time is over. Only a root-and-branch transformation of our economies and societies can save us from accelerating climate disaster.” Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UN Environment Programme.

Last week the UN issued its direst warning since it told us this was “code red for humanity,” announcing it saw “no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place[1]. With COP27 less than a week away, and many countries still not having followed through on last year’s pledges, we are currently on track for 2.8°C of warming by the end of the century. Given the extent of the destruction caused by just 1°C of warming so far this is a truly terrifying prospect.

The UN report says that the 45% cut in emissions by 2030 to have any hope of keeping 1.5°C alive is a feat that could only be achieved by “urgent system-wide transformation”. In particular, the UN identified that we need fundamental changes to our energy, food and financial systems.

Solutions to transform societies exist, but the time for collective, multilateral action is now.On Saturday 12 November we will stand together – a huge global movement will gather at many locations, including in the North East at Newcastle.

Time: 12.00 noon Venue Grey’s Monument followed by a march to the Civic Centre for a rally with speeches and a green festival (12.00 – 2.00pm).

Everyone is invited to attend and show your support for climate action and social justice.

The event is being organised by North East Climate Coalition in conjunction with the Climate Justice Coalition.

View the video here: COP27 Mobilisations – Climate Justice Coalition

[1] UN Emissions Gap Report 2022.

  • Date of Event 12 November 2022
  • Cost Free
  • Location

    Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, Newcastle followed by a march to the Civic Centre.