Guest blog by Ruby Free, Campaigns and Communications Officer, RSPB NI

On Saturday 6th November 2021, RSPB rallied its staff, volunteers, and supporters to attend the Global Day of Action rallies throughout the UK, and in Belfast, it was no different!

Hundreds of supporters joined RSPB for our call to Revive Our World, and joined what turned out to be the biggest environmental demonstration Northern Ireland has ever seen, with approximately 3,000 people standing up for nature and climate.

RSPB NI is a key member of the Climate Coalition, who arranged the march. It was inspirational to see people, from many different walks of life and from around the world, speak up about the nature and climate emergency and demanding that political leaders act to save the natural world.

In fact, our youth campaigners had an important role to play and led the march. They included author, naturalist and conservationist, Dara McAnulty; student and RSPB campaigner, Dakota Reid and mental health advocate, Lily Toorish. They took centre stage and delivered powerful messages to the crowds, alongside Belfast’s Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl and MLA’s from all political parties.

Together, our message was clear, we want to see Northern Ireland’s first ever Climate Bill passed through the Assembly this term. Currently, we are the only country out of the UK or Ireland without any climate legislation, the public are demanding political leaders act to Revive Our World.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has declared ‘a code red’ for humanity, which should serve as a wake-up call, preventing nature and climate breakdown must be the top priority for all legislators globally, including the Northern Ireland Executive.