More than 3,000 people marched through Oxford today in light of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Horns of Plenty brass band, youth activists and Imam Monawar Hussain led the way as protesters called for 'less talk and more action' from the Government.

Groups including the Oxfordshire COP26 Alliance, Oxford Trades Council, Extinction Rebellion, Oxford Friends of the Earth, BBOWT, Unison and Oxford Youth Strike turned up with banners and chants to get their voices heard.

Traffic came to a halt and buses lined the High Street as thousands attended the march.

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Chants of "No more blah blah blah" echoing climate activist Greta Thunberg's recent speech in Glasgow, could be heard down Cowley Road as people marched through the city to the rally on Broad Street.

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Donnington ward councillor Evin Abrishami attended the march and said she feels strongly about climate change. She said: "Climate change is something that involves every one of us, we all have to work together to help."

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Oxford PHD student Jocelyn Perry protested at the march and said: "We are marching here today to make sure there is political pressure on all the world leaders in Cop26 to do something now about climate change. We need to cut down emissions to go down to net zero much faster than by 2050. We need to fund climate adaptation to make sure people who are experiencing climate change have something to help them out."


The rally featured speakers such as MPs Anneliese Dodds and Layla Moran, youth climate activists and councillor leaders as well as scientists to answer the public's questions.

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Leader of Oxford City council, Susan Brown, spoke at the rally and said: "We are all here today to add our voice to call on Government and big institutions to do more, we need you to do more, a lot more. Not tomorrow, now today."

She added: "We need Government to step up, we need more challenging targets, more powers to local government to help us deliver more investment in the green economy, green energy and green infrastructure."

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Oxford University Professor Nick Eyre researches climate and energy and he spoke to the crowd about the science behind the climate crisis. He said: "The agenda is pretty clear, we need less driving, we need better use of public transport, we need more support for cycling and walking, we need to change our heating systems to zero carbon, we need to insulate out homes. And yes, we need to fly less including Prime Ministers as well."

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