March for Climate passes through streets of Katowice

Nearly 3,000 people took part in the "March for Climate", on Saturday, in Poland's southern city of Katowice, the capital of the Silesian mining district and the scene of the ongoing COP24 climate summit.

Activists from Poland and from around the world gathered in the main square of the city, where delegates from almost 200 countries are holding a two-week meeting on curbing climate change.

The symbol of the march was an alarm clock, as organisers sought to wake up governments to the urgency of action. Protestors argued that not much time is left to make up for mistakes made by previous and present generations. They added that there is no time left for diplomacy and protracted negotiations. "Citizens are demanding an ambitious and binding climate agreement," ecologists stressed.

Marchers also called for the resignation from fossil fuels and protested against the mass scale production of meat, genetically modified organisms (GMO), the application of pesticides, the extermination of endangered species and excessive consumerism.

COP24, the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN convention on climate change, is being held in Katowice (southern Poland) from December 2 to 14. Attending the event are almost 30,000 delegates from all over the world, including heads of government and ministers responsible for environmental and climate issues. The summit's main objective is the passage of legislation implementing the Paris Agreement.