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emma emma, September 23, 2014

The last days were incredible! So many of us went out to call for #ActionNotWords. There were marches, workshops, vigils, picnics, meditations, flashmobs and even hikes. We gathered indoors and outdoors, came on foot and on bikes – and sometimes other kinds of wheels. Nothing got in our way! Not even the rain!

If this is what we can stir up in one weekend, imagine what we can do next!

A huge thank you to all of you for organising and participating with #ActionNotWords! It’s been humbling to see photographs and stories come in from all corners of the region. First time organizers and long-term campaigns, every single voice made a difference!

Here are some highlights from the weekend and don’t forget, send in your photographs if you haven’t already!

Venice, Italy - On Friday a flash mob took place to call attention to the rising sea levels.

Venice, Italy – On Friday a flash mob took place to call attention to the rising sea levels.

 

Strelets, Bulgaria - One beekeeper opened up his apiary for the day, calling attention to the climate crisis.

Strelets, Bulgaria – One beekeeper opened up his apiary for the day, calling attention to the climate crisis.

 

Zurich, Switzerland - It got hot on Saturday with an impromptu  "climate change kills" flashmob in swimming trunks and bikinis during a rally with around 500 participants.

Zurich, Switzerland – It got hot on Saturday with an impromptu “climate change kills” flashmob in swimming trunks and bikinis during a rally with around 500 participants.

 

Lisbon, Portugal - More than 3000 participated in a day full of actions in one of the main squares of the city. Discussions, speeches, banner painting and a bike ride were all part of the fun.

Lisbon, Portugal – More than 3000 participated in a day full of actions in one of the main squares of the city. Discussions, speeches, banner painting and a bike ride were all part of the fun.

 

Ponta Delgada, Portgual - The people of the Azores show support for clean energy with a heart-shaped human banner.

Ponta Delgada, Portgual – The people of the Azores show support for clean energy with a heart-shaped human banner.

 

Toulouse, France - Some 250 people marched together in a spontaneous action, no organizers.

Toulouse, France – Some 250 people marched together in a spontaneous action, no organizers.

 

Helsinki, Finland - After Finland’s largest ever climate mobilisation (over 1000 participants) people gathered in front of Helsinki’s cathedral, which ran its bells 350 times in solidarity.

Helsinki, Finland – After Finland’s largest ever climate mobilisation (over 1000 participants) people gathered in front of Helsinki’s cathedral, which ran its bells 350 times in solidarity.

 

Stockholm, Sweden - Over 400 people (and umbrellas) came together amidst thunder, lightning, stinging hail and rain. “It didn't let up, we didn't stop!”

Stockholm, Sweden – Over 400 people (and umbrellas) came together amidst thunder, lightning, stinging hail and rain. “It didn’t let up, we didn’t stop!”

 

Cluj-Napoca, Romania - “Action Not Words!”

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – “Action Not Words!”

 

Iasi, Romania - People cycled around the city sharing messages of things #WorthSaving. This boy tells us he loves his bike.

Iasi, Romania – People cycled around the city sharing messages of things #WorthSaving. This boy tells us he loves his bike.

 

Gonesse, France - Alternatiba weekend village of solutions, campaigning against mega useless infrastructure projects like "Europacity".

Gonesse, France – Alternatiba weekend village of solutions, campaigning against mega useless infrastructure projects like “Europacity”.

 

Paris, France - People call for real and just transition as part of the central Paris climate march.

Paris, France – People call for real and just transition as part of the central Paris climate march.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland - “The main demand to our government is to cancel plans for oil extraction in the Dragon area in the northeast corner of the country. Hence, the marchers carried black, plastic dragon.”

Reykjavik, Iceland – “The main demand to our government is to cancel plans for oil extraction in the Dragon area in the northeast corner of the country. Hence, the marchers carried black, plastic dragon.”

You can find more photographs from across the region and the world, by visiting our flickr page.