On Earth Day, people will gather in Inverness to express concerns about the latest IPCC report (March 2023) which boils down to one message – act now, or it will be too late. This comes with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres calling for ‘climate action on all fronts: everything, everywhere, all at once’. This may all sound terrifying, but there is hope, we know what to do and how to do it – it’s not rocket science.
We now feel it would be a step in the right direction to bring groups/organisations and individuals together to help address the situation. Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to forge alliances and relationships between local groups and individuals who are concerned about the dire state of our planet.
Earth Day is an annual event that celebrates and promotes environmental awareness and the need to protect our natural resources for future generations, and it seems a perfect way of highlighting this in Inverness.
For this reason we hope that with the help of other local groups/organisations we can come together to show all our support as part of this global event. The event would help to amplify all our voices and get our message across through creativity, using all our collective ideas for awareness-raising, fun and campaigning. Music would also be great! Going on the premise whoever and wherever you are, you can take action. Yes, even in Inverness. Everyone welcome.
So we are thinking of a multi-group march and rally celebrating Earth Day. Possibly gathering at 1pm at Inverness Townhouse, High Street/Castle Street and slowly marching to Falcon Square with placards, flags, banners, skeletons or dress up as a creature or a plant, wear something bright, come along and meet like-minded people. Anything helping to highlight the ecological and biodiversity emergency happening right here and now to our planet. Once at Falcon Square we will have a rally with speeches on local/global biodiversity issues. If you are interested or know of someone who would like to speak, please let us know. And we would love to have musicians/actors/dancers! Then with a fun but poignant finish to the rally with a flash mob style dance to ‘Staying Alive’ – no experience necessary, just a good sense of humour! (see XR video on Youtube )
If you are interested in getting involved in helping, organising and planning or just coming along, please get in touch with Ruth or Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org