Paris climate change march 2014

September 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

After exiting at the metro station République I made my way to where one of the supposed largest marches on climate change was going to take place. I had been to some other rallies in the past in Place de la République but this one was supposed to be the largest in a long time. The organization named Avazz.org to whom which I support was on the front line leading the way calling for 25,000 people to attend. First impression it did not seem to be as grand as perceived number wise,  but there was definitely an energy in the air. The sound of beating drums and the shouts of protesters rocked the environment.

I began to wander around  to get my bearings and put myself in photo mode. My plan was more to cover the event, to work on my photojournalistic skills but more so I found myself getting sucked into the ensuing parade protesting with the others in direction of l'Hotel de Ville, the main city hall of Paris or better know as la Mairie de Paris. As we snaked through the streets of Paris the crowds grew denser by the minute, soon to be shoulder to shoulder creating what seemed to be an unstoppable force. As I moved my way to the sidewalk I stood there and watched and admired this moment I was being a part of. It brought me joy to see that there were so many other conscious people in Paris.

After completing the trip to l'Hotel de Ville the gathering continued, the short speeches took place followed by a musical performance with messages of peace, environmental awareness and of course climate change. I hope that this sets our political powers into a positive motion to begin the long journey of restoring our planet to a healthier place. If we all just thought about it a little more, drove our cars a little less, road our bikes more, stopped using plastic grocery bags and bringing our reusable bags when shopping it could be a beginning. Those are just a few small examples, I realize we have a long way to go...Now, after all this I did end up managing to stay semi focused on my goal, to tell a short story with with some images.

 

 

 

                        

                                                     

 

 


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