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Climate Change - Thousands march across the UK - 23rd September

Thousands of people marched in London

Tens of Thousands of people have taken part in a march for climate action in London - one of more than 2,000 marches which took place around the world.

Organisers of the march said they expected more than 10,000 people to take part in London, co-organiser Avaaz later claimed at least 40,000 people had participated. Other marches in the UK took place in Manchester, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Stroud and Dudley.

Actress Emma Thompson and singer Peter Gabriel were part of the campaigners who marched along Embankment to a rally in Parliament Square. Emma Thompson told the rally "Climate change is the human rights issue of our time. No more are we the grungy hippies sitting in trees. We are the voice of the future - if there is to be a future."

The marches and demonstrations come ahead of a summit on Tuesday for 125 heads of state and government at the UN headquarters in New York. Back in Manchester, close to the Labour Party conference, hundreds of campaigners called on party leader Ed Miliband to make a manifesto pledge to ban fracking.

The summit in New York will endeavour to push forward political momentum towards a new universal agreement on climate to be signed by all nations at the end of 2015. Tens of thousands of people joined a march in New York where UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and actor Leonardo DiCaprio were among those who joined the Manhattan demonstration. Tens of thousands of people also took to the streets in Australia and Europe.

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