A grassroots group of mothers worried about climate change will march in London and across the UK to turn their fear for their children’s future into action.
Mothers Rise Up will march in London this Sunday (12 May), along with various cities in the UK including Sheffield, Leeds and Taunton, to coincide with International Mother’s Day.
The group says it has an alternative purpose to civil disobedience climate group Extinction Rebellion, which staged mass protests across London last month, to raise awareness among people who have “not yet accepted that climate change is a real threat”.
International groups in Barcelona, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Melbourne and New York may also join the movement, organisers said, while an open letter from “100 significant parents” is due to be published in the Guardian newspaper tomorrow (9 May).
Co-founder Jenny Gow said: “After years of trying to do my bit, I realised that an individual contribution will not fix this problem unless government and business also come on board and their efforts are supported by the individual.
“Therefore, our group is trying to engage everyday mothers who might begin to realise time is running out to avert catastrophic, irreversible climate breakdown.
“We want to stand in solidarity with mothers in the global south who are already affected by climate change and having to adapt to survive, hence why we chose International Mother’s Day.”
The march in London will begin at 12 noon in Hyde Park and include 11 giant pushchairs to represent 11 years before irreversible climate breakdown, while 11 eleven-year-old children will lead the march.
Protestors will be serenaded by a moving marching song, children’s entertainers, before a range of speakers will address the group at Parliament Square.
The group is calling for a transition to carbon zero by 2030 or sooner, as well as an acknowledgement about the “existential threat of climate breakdown”, something it said had been met by the UK’s declaration of the climate emergency.
A group mission statement said that: “We stand behind the science and in complete solidarity with the youth climate strikes, but we cannot leave it to children to tackle a crisis that generations have created. As parents and citizens, we can and must use our voice, our votes and collective power to demand action.”