On Sunday 21st September, 166 countries around the world held ‘People’s Climate’ Marches to coincide with the international climate summit in New York City.
I am based in Trinidad and Tobago, where I study patterns of biodiversity – including the effect that humans can have on this biodiversity. As one of the greatest threats facing biodiversity is climate change, it is an issue I feel passionately about. So, I was delighted to hear that T&T would also be hosting their very own People’s Climate March on the same day as the events in NYC, London and all over the world.
Based in the capital, Port of Spain, Trinidad &Tobago’s March may have been on a much smaller scale than the New York parade, but it consisted of an equally enthusiastic gathering of people, eager to spread the message to all that action on climate change is urgently required. With the aim of drawing local and global attention to the issue, we marched around the Queen’s Park Savannah (the main green space in the city) before heading into the centre of the park to organise ourselves into a heart formation. We managed this feat remarkably well, as confirmed by photographs taken by our very own drone.
Let's hope that T&T’s heart is successful in drawing attention to issues that have been ignored for far too long – if the people of this beautiful country recognise that changes must be made then hopefully the politicians will follow.