Spanish protesters to march on Light Night Leeds as part of 1000km trek to warn of 'devastating crisis'

By Amber O'Connor

A group of Spanish activists will march through Leeds as part of a major 30-day protest heading for the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Marcha a Glasgow are expected to arrive in the city on Friday, October 15, after walking through Wakefield, and will be joined by local climate change groups as they head for the Leeds city centre Light Night event.

The march will have banners and a pedal-powered sound machine as they descent on Millenium Square.

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Then on Saturday, October 16, the march will set off again, joined by the PCS Union Samba band and will head for Chapeltown.

Extinction Rebellion Leeds, Our Future Leeds and Climate Action Leeds are hosting a community event on Chapeltown Road to welcome the march from 10am.

There will be talks from the Lord Mayor and the Children’s Mayor, live music from a samba band and a steel band, interactive stalls and fun for all the family.

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One of the organisers said: “We are inviting people to join the Spanish walkers, show their support, and put pressure on the government to take immediate action all while having fun and connecting with people from across Leeds.

The group of twelve walkers, who started in Portsmouth, will be walking approximately 30km every day for 30 days to raise awareness of climate change.

Their Yorkshire leg will see them stop at Sheffield, Darton, Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton on Swale.

The group's website says: "The climate crisis is reaching devastating levels. We are heading at lightning speed towards an ecological abyss of untold suffering.

"If walking 1,000 km under the notorious British weather can help raise awareness that our future and that of generations to come is at stake in Glasgow, then it will all be worth it."

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