LIMA (AFP) – Green groups hoped for a big turnout at a protest in Lima Wednesday aimed at heaping pressure on ministers haggling over a post-2020 deal to curb carbon emissions.
The “People’s Climate March” in the Peruvian capital follows mobilisation on the eve of the September 23 summit in New York that revived climate change as a political priority.
Hundreds of thousands of people had turned out in dozens of cities to give the summit a push.
“We’re expecting between 15,000 and 20,000 people,” Bert Wander of campaign group Avaaz said of Wednesday’s five-kilometre (three-mile) march.
The event would draw on support from indigenous people, environmentalists and anti-poverty activists, said Wander.
Environment ministers, meanwhile, were to enter the second of a four-day meeting designed to apply political heft to the UN climate process.
The goal at the December 1-12 Lima talks is to clear the way to a pact in Paris in December 2015 that will assemble a war machine to fight climate change.
Operational from 2020, it would help ensure that global warming does not breach two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels.