It wasn’t the largest international climate march there has been — except that it was the first ever protest march of any sort here in Doha, Qatar. Hundreds of people joined the march organized by Doha Oasis, IndyACT, and the Arab Youth Climate Movement. It was an unprecedented event for the local climate movement and a beautiful expression of the energy and passion of the Arab Youth Climate Movement.

It is abundantly clear that the UN meetings will not deliver action according to what science and justice demand until our movement outside the meetings is larger and more powerful. In that light, to see the movement pick up here on the streets of Doha and build momentum for the whole Arab region is most hopeful aspect of this convergence here in Doha. It’s up to all of us to keep that momentum going now — not just in the Arab world, but everywhere.

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