This article was written by Hoda Baraka for 350.org, an organization building a global climate movement, and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.
Last week, over 15,000 people from across the region marched in the streets of Lima, making this the largest climate march in the history of Latin America.
Regionally, climate change is seen as an environmental, developmental and human rights issue; thus, it was no coincidence that the march was planned for December 10, which marks International Human Rights Day. Calling for a ‘System Change, Not Climate Change’, the march brought together numerous constituencies from across the spectrum demanding real and concrete actions to address the climate crisis.
Groups marching included: indigenous communities, farmers, workers, miners, youth groups as well as faith groups. This People’s Climate March in Lima comes on the heels of the recent massive People’s Climate March in New York and reinforces the growing momentum for the global climate movement.
Below a series of photos reflecting the power, vibrancy and diversity of the march.