On Saturday evening 3,000 towns and cities around the world came together to hold candlelit vigils and mark the halfway point of the Copenhagen climate negotiations.
They wanted to send a powerful message to politicians: “Stop playing games and start taking action.”
Here in Farnham we did our bit too!
Members of Transition Town Farnham turned the usually rather dull and dreary traffic island at the top of Downing Street into a spectacular sparkling extravaganza, as shoppers and cars went about their normal business.
“Some people think climate change is all doom and gloom”, said Eloise Grey, member of Transition Farnham, “but we think it’s an opportunity to make life better. Standing here now, you can smell the exhaust from all the cars. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was gone? Wouldn’t it be nice if more of our food was grown locally and we knew the farmers who grew it, or if more people had jobs locally and didn’t spend so much time commuting?”
Despite the cold weather, several people stopped for a chat. Whatever happens in Copenhagen this year, the world of 2050 is going to be very different from today. The more we can come together as a community in Farnham, the more we can help each other through the changes that are coming.