Climate change making you blue in the face?
Hundreds of students will be hitting the streets of London
Image © Emma Kentish
What is The Wave?
On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will flow through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.
Alongside actions around the world, The Wave, organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, will be the UK’s biggest climate change march. Together we will call on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal at Copenhagen. We want the UK Government to show leadership to protect the poorest, act fair & fast and quit dirty coal now.
What’s happening at The Wave?
- Meeting point: SE corner of Grosvenor Square at 11.30 (see how to get there)
- P&P contact if you’re lost/have a question: James on 07816 286425
- Fringe events during the morning
- Huge flashdance and rally at 12pm
- March to Parliament at 1pm
- Climax: Encircling of Parliament at 3pm
- After Party at LSE students’ union from 4.30pm
Youth bloc and huge props
People & Planet will be leading a youth bloc with a massive, interactive wave prop which has been partly constructed at Shared Planet and partly by P&P groups across the country. See below for how to build your own part of the giant wave prop.
We’ll also be breaking into a mass flashdance before and during The Wave. Check out the instruction video on the right to help you learn the moves. Loads of people learnt the dance at Shared Planet and groups are teaching it at their meetings ready for a huge flashdance.
After the march, there’ll be a fantastic after party hosted by LSE students’ union. There’ll be bands, speakers and loads of young people. It’s free and it all kicks off at 4.30pm. Download the flyer and join the facebook group.
How do I get to The Wave?
View The Wave in a larger map
Getting to London
There are loads of really cheap and easy ways to get to London from all over the country. Check out the options available on the Stop Climate Chaos website.
P&Pers will be meeting in the south east corner of Grosvenor Square at 11.30am (Grosvenor Square is the red one on the map). The best way to get there is by heading to Bond Street tube station, then exiting onto Davies St. Turn right and head down it, turning right again when you reach Brook Street. When you hit Grosvenor Square, turn left and you’ll see the huge P&P banner there.
How can I get involved before The Wave?
Here’s one P&Pers at Shared Planet made earlier
Make some props and banners
Renowned political artist, Polyp, is building an amazing undulating wave which will lead the youth bloc of the march. It’s going to look fantastic, but we need loads of banners behind it to make the whole thing look enormous. Check out the one P&Pers made at Shared Planet. They are really easy to make and you can use stuff from skips or buy really cheap materials. Check out Polyp’s step by step guide to creating a great banner.
Learn the flashdance
As we said above, loads of P&Pers and other young people will doing flashdances throughout The Wave. Check out the video and learn the moves. Why not organise your own Wave flashdance and send us a link to your video?
Join the endless Mexican Wave
Make a video of you and your friends doing a mexican wave and join the never-ending Mexican Wave. Watch out, it gets pretty addictive.
Join the hundreds of others who have shown their blue finger to climate change. Your photos will be added to the giant wave prop we’ll be taking on the march, so you can be on the Wave even if you can’t make it!