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Tens of thousands of protesters take part in Brussels climate change march

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in a climate change march on Brussels as a United Nations summit on keeping global warming in check began in Poland.

Belgian police said some 65,000 people participated in the ‘Claim the Climate’ demonstration on Sunday.

Protesters marched through the Belgian capital near to the European Union headquarters with banners bearing slogans including ‘There is no planet B’ and ‘Climate First, Politics Second’.

At least 65,000 protesters participated in the ‘Claim the Climate’ demonstration in Brussels, Belgium throughout Sunday

The peaceful protest saw hundreds of thousands of people march through the quarter of the city that houses the European Union headquarters

The peaceful protest saw hundreds of thousands of people march through the quarter of the city that houses the European Union headquarters

People held banners bearing slogans including 'Save our planet, save our future' and 'sick of pollution' as they marched 

People held banners bearing slogans including ‘Save our planet, save our future’ and ‘sick of pollution’ as they marched 

One man dressed up as a penguin holding a sign that read ‘I need my fridge’ and another group carried a giant inflatable replica of the globe as they marched.

The organisers of the protest called for ambitious climate policies to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with goals set by the Paris Agreement in 2015.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel called the march ‘a formidable success’ and promised to defend the ‘ambitious targets’ at the two-week-long COP24 conference which began in Katowice, Poland on Sunday.

Key talks began a day early at the summit, with four senior figures behind efforts to limit climate change warning that the Earth is now ‘at a crossroads’, the BBC reported. 

Others held placards alluding to an apparent rapid decline in the bee population while others protested pollution in the city

Others held placards alluding to an apparent rapid decline in the bee population while others protested pollution in the city

The organisers called for ambitious climate policies to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with goals set by the Paris Agreement in 2015

The organisers called for ambitious climate policies to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with goals set by the Paris Agreement in 2015

Other protesters, including young children, held colourful banners throughout the march

One man even dressed up as a penguin with a sign saying 'I need my fridge

Other protesters, including young children, held colourful banners throughout the march. One man even dressed up as a penguin with a sign saying ‘I need my fridge’

Belgium's liberal Prime Minister Charles Michel called the march 'a formidable success' and promised to defend 'ambitious targets' at a two week-long UN summit in the Polish city of Katowice

Belgium’s liberal Prime Minister Charles Michel called the march ‘a formidable success’ and promised to defend ‘ambitious targets’ at a two week-long UN summit in the Polish city of Katowice

The four former UN climate talk presidents called for action when the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) convened a day early.

A statement issued by Frank Bainimarama of Fiji, Salaheddine Mezouar of Morocco, Laurent Fabius of France and Manuel Pulgar Vidal of Peru said: ‘Decisive action in the next two years will be crucial.

‘What ministers and other leaders say and do in Katowice at COP24 will help determine efforts for years to come and either bring the world closer to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement – including protecting those most vulnerable to climate change – or push action further down the road.

Key talks began a day early on Sunday, with four senior figures behind efforts to limit climate change warning that the Earth is now 'at a crossroads'

Key talks began a day early on Sunday, with four senior figures behind efforts to limit climate change warning that the Earth is now ‘at a crossroads’

The former UN climate talk presidents called for action when the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) convened a day early

The former UN climate talk presidents called for action when the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) convened a day early

One man even built a wooden structure around a model of the Eiffel Tower he placed on his bicycle helmet during the march

One man even built a wooden structure around a model of the Eiffel Tower he placed on his bicycle helmet during the march

Another pair wearing hi-vis vests held a sign bearing the slogan 'There are no jobs jobs jobs on a dead planet' on Sunday

Another pair wearing hi-vis vests held a sign bearing the slogan ‘There are no jobs jobs jobs on a dead planet’ on Sunday

‘Any delay will only make it harder and more expensive to respond to climate change.’

Negotiators at the conference, which is said to be the most crucial on climate change since the 2015 Paris Agreement, decided to open talks ahead of Monday because they are under pressure to make progress.  

Some 29 heads of state and government are due to give statements over the two-week-long summit of 200 nations. 

Some young protesters even wrote '+ chaud', translating to '+ hot', on their faces in red pen as they marched in the city

Some young protesters even wrote ‘+ chaud’, translating to ‘+ hot’, on their faces in red pen as they marched in the city

Negotiators at the COP24 conference decided to open talks ahead of Monday because they are under pressure to make progress

Negotiators at the COP24 conference decided to open talks ahead of Monday because they are under pressure to make progress

This Conference of the Parties is the first to be held since an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C was released in October

This Conference of the Parties is the first to be held since an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C was released in October

A group of three took part in the march wearing polar bear costumes, which gathered them attention from other protesters 

A group of three took part in the march wearing polar bear costumes, which gathered them attention from other protesters 

This is less than the number who attended the Paris Agreement talks in 2015 – but for the EU and China, the meeting is critical to proving international co-operation is possible in the age of President Trump.

Sir David Attenborough will take the ‘people’s seat’ throughout the summit. This means the broadcaster will represent millions of people across the world who are affected by climate change.

He will give a speech to politicians on the opening day of the summit, with takes place from December 3 to December 14, comprised of climate change comments submitted by the public. 

Some 29 heads of state and government are due to give statements over the two-week-long COP24 summit of 200 nations

Some 29 heads of state and government are due to give statements over the two-week-long COP24 summit of 200 nations

It is likely much of the conference will be focused on detailing exactly how the conditions of the 2015 Paris Agreement will work

It is likely much of the conference will be focused on detailing exactly how the conditions of the 2015 Paris Agreement will work

People hold a banner reading 'Save our planet, save our future' during the 'Claim the Climate' march to raise awareness for climate change

People hold a banner reading ‘Save our planet, save our future’ during the ‘Claim the Climate’ march to raise awareness for climate change

It is likely much of the conference will be focused on detailing exactly how the conditions of the 2015 Paris Agreement will work.

The agreement, signed by 195 UNFCCC members, will become operational in 2020.

It’s central aim is to ‘strengthen the the global response to the threat of climate change’ by keeping a global temperature increase this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The agreement also firmed plans to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Protesters carry colourful placards as they take part in a demonstration on Climate Change in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday

Protesters carry colourful placards as they take part in a demonstration on Climate Change in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday

One man carried a sign bearing the message 'make biodiversity great again and no climate change will remain' as he marched

One man carried a sign bearing the message ‘make biodiversity great again and no climate change will remain’ as he marched

Two young girls took part in the demonstration holding a cardboard banner that read 'If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem'

Two young girls took part in the demonstration holding a cardboard banner that read ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem’

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