|We shall shout it loud. We must be heard|
|They listened attentively|
A leader spoke urging the group to reject Carbon Markets. 'We don't want Carbon Markets.We don't want Offsets.' The cause of climate change, he said, is global warming by fossil fuels. He led the crowd chanting, 'Leave the Oil in the Soil and the Coal in the Hole.' He urged President Zuma and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, must listen to the voice of the people.
Now back to the hall where we are meeting. TBoy from Zambia is singing his heart out against the impacts of climate change. The crowd is on its feet. Others clapping, waves from flags of representative coutnries with voices so loud. Just before that we had a couple of off the cuff speeches.
Prof Patrick Bond, Director at Kwa Zulu Natal and also an economist said, 'You have taken the sacrifice and really worked on this. COP17 they are on the 4degrees target. They have have to bring it down to 1degrees. By December 9th if it is a conference of polluters. It means no carbon trading no REDD.We must leave the oil in the soil and the coal in the hole. We must leave Durban in a way we have never seen. We are going to come and educate. This is the right place to educate because it is a university.'
|Participants watching a video|
So far, the Trans African Caravan of Hope activists have collected over 2million signatures across the continent.
Joe of Action Aid International said, 'Our governments will not do what they need to do. The people need to tell the people that this is not going to be allowed to happen.' She said that she felt hopeful when she saw crowds of people who came chanting up the road with a lot of energy.That is what the caravanites have displayed inspite of lack of sleep for the last 36 hours.
|Africa is United|
Mithika Mwenda, continental coordinator of PACJA thanked partners who were working the alliance to ensure that this event was a success. He had a message for President Obama, 'US should not think that they are giving us charity. We know Obama is coming.Let us stay alert so that we can baptize him with fire.We are going to baptize our leaders with fire too if they joke.'