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Join a march with the RSPB

A climate protest crowd. A child is visible forming a heart shape with their hands.

What to bring, what to expect and how to stay safe

Welcome, and thank you so much for joining us! We’re so happy that you’re raising your voice for nature.

Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or this is your first time, I’m sure you’ll have some questions.

Here are a few tips to help you.

Wave Climate Change march, London December 5, 2009

What to expect

It will be busy with lots of people, and you’ll be walking for a long time. It’s also likely to be quite noisy. Come and find us, as it’s always more fun in a group. We’ll be in the ‘biodiversity block’ at the marches in Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow. Keep a look out for the RSPB logos and giant avocet. When you sign up, you’ll receive more information about your specific location by email.

If you can’t make it to one of the marches, or noise and crowds aren’t really your thing, you can join with the digital #WorldClimateMarch. Find actions near you on the COP Coalition site.

Wave Climate Change march, London December 5, 2009

What to bring

Be prepared to do a lot of standing and walking, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and make sure you’re dressed for the weather. Waterproofs are always useful in November (and sun cream if it’s likely to be warm). Don’t forget food and water, and best to bring a mask and hand sanitiser too, as you’re going to be around a lot of people. Take any medications that you usually use if appropriate, such as asthma inhalers or an EpiPen.

Now here’s the fun bit. We’d love it if you could make and bring a placard showing why you’re marching for nature. These can be as big (or small) and creative as you like! Visit our pages for more details to help you. And if you can, download the Birdsong Radio app onto your phone too, so we can create striking sound of riotous birdsong as we march.

Wave Climate Change march, London December 5, 2009

Getting there

Consider how you’re getting to and from the march. There may be road closures. Use public transport where possible, but book in advance as it is likely to be busy. We don’t recommend travelling a long distance to get to a mobilisation. There are locations all over the country, and the option to get involved online, so you don’t need to travel far.

Glasgow will be particularly busy, as COP26 is a two-week event, with thousands of extra people in the city. Accommodation will be very difficult to find, so think about your plans before you set off.

Wave Climate Change march, London

How to stay safe

The marches are safe, family friendly and completely legal, so you’re welcome to come and join us.

There will be lots of different people, with many different ideas about how to tackle climate change. Sometimes you might see messages that you don’t agree with and very rarely you might see or hear something you find offensive. If you are feeling uncomfortable at any point, feel free to safely remove yourself from the march. If you need help for any reason, look out for a steward. Their job is to make sure we all stay safe.

In Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast and Birmingham, you can look for an RSPB staff member. They’ll be in an RSPB t-shirt or fleece, or holding an RSPB placard.

Green and Black Cross are a voluntary organisation who help people with issues relating to protest and political action. They have more details on how to stay safe and your rights: here and here. NB this has been written to cover all kinds of marches and protests, at all ends of the spectrum.

RSPB staff on Lambeth Bridge showing their support for the time is now rally

Covid-19 awareness

Covid-19 is still with us, and likely to be for some time. We recommend you take a lateral flow test around 24–48 hours before attending the march. On the day, make sure you sanitise your hands regularly. If you can, try to adhere to social distancing, and wear your mask if you’re close to other people.

Checklist before you go

  • Negative lateral flow test
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Food
  • Water
  • Sanitiser
  • Mask
  • Usual medication
  • Placard
  • Phone with Birdsong Radio app (only if possible)
  • Your loudest voice for nature
  • Enthusiasm
  • Willingness to have fun!

Happy marching!

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