Sheffield river rally makes a splash

Sheffield Climate Alliance organised a Rivers Rally in Sheffield.
Sheffield Climate Alliance organised a Rivers Rally in Sheffield.
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A rally along the rivers was organised as part of Sheffield’s contribution to worldwide events calling for action to control climate change.

Campaigners staged walks along three of the city’s rivers, later coming together for an event outside Sheffield Town Hall.

The walks, along the Upper Don, Porter Brook, Sheaf and Lower Don, each had different environmental themes, from clean water and fracking to renewable energy, safe food and warm homes.

Each of the walks was of similar length, starting at Hillsborough Corner, Millhouses Park, Attercliffe Cemetery and Endcliffe Park, and colour coded.

The day was organised by Sheffield Climate Alliance to coincide with the worldwide People’s Climate Mobilisation.

At the Town Hall, there were speeches, poetry and songs, with music from singer-songwriters Jerry Simon and Chrystine Moon.

Lauren Jones, alliance chairman, said: “The UK is still in the top 20 list of countries for highest emissions released in the world. This was a chance for people to make a difference.”

Sheffield University PhD student Liam Hardy led the Porter Brook walk and said: “I’m campaigning for fossil fuel divestment at the university, and also for a carbon-free future.

“For me The People’s Climate March was a vital action for everyone with concerns for the environment, climate change and future sustainability to take part in.”

Other groups involved in the event included the World Development Movement, the Buddhist Centre and Friends of the Earth Sheffield.