Several hundred climate activists, including members of a fledgling Arab youth movement, waved banners and called for Arab governments to take the lead in tackling climate change on Saturday, in Qatar’s first-ever environmental march.
Following a 1.3 km route along the Doha waterfront, near rows of towering buildings, they urged politicians attending the U.N. climate talks in Qatar to make commitments to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, use more renewable energy, and provide fresh funds to help poor countries adapt to climate impacts and develop in a low-carbon way.
The official message of the march was “one environment, one people, one earth”. Participants shouted slogans including “Food for all; water for all” and “Put the money in the fund”.
“It’s very exciting because lots of people turned up and it’s fun. This is my first time on a march,” said Iman Hossein from Bahrain, a member of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM), which brings together young people from more than 15 countries, including Egypt, Oman and Iran.
“Our main demand is to ask the Arab leaders to take the lead in climate change policies. We want them to pledge to reduce their emissions and be an example for the rest of the world, and to put some money into the Green Climate Fund.”
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