At 11am in Victoria Square there was the Birmingham event within the framework of the global climate strike. I took some footage from this event and will be posting it below with some brief explanations/comments.
Here is Victoria Square looked like around 11am, when the event was due to start.
Between 11.00 and 12.00 there were some speakers on the stage and I recorded some stuff from a couple of them. Firstly, here is someone from the Birmingham City Council:
And there was also a prospective Green Party MP who did a talk as well:
There were a lot of different groups represented with flags, banners, etc. at this event alongside the youth strikers. Here are some I noticed: Stop the War, Socialist Workers’ Party, International Workers of the World [IWW], a couple of other unions, Islamic Relief, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Extinction Rebellion.
Here are a couple of quick interviews i did at the event. Here’s a couple of guys from the Stop the War table:
And here’s a woman from Extinction Rebellion:
After the talks there was a march starting at 12.00pm. This lasted until 1.20pm (roughly) and it too a strange route round Birmingham City Centre, looping round a couple of areas twice. I did take footage at various parts during the march but most of this footage was unusable. The march began out the ‘back’ of Victoria Square and then went round to go past Birmingham Cathedral. This is the footage I took the first time the march went past the Cathedral:
I would try to explain the rest of the route taken by the march, but I’m terrible with directions and maps. One thing to me that was quite interesting is that we went past the Apple shop where a load of people were queuing for, presumably, whatever the latest Apple device is. Quite a surreal contrast!
This was the main part of the event that I attended and took footage from. There was a musician on stage, whom I didn’t watch to be honest. I had actually been looking for my MP, Preet Kaur Gill, who had said she was going to be in attendance but I personally didn’t see her so wasn’t able to ask her for comment. Apparently, according to the Twitter page she had been the first speaker at the event, but at that time I had been milling around talking to a few people and taking photographs/footage.
in conclusion, here’s a few photographs I took: