Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Madrid on Friday night after a frustrating week of negotiations at the UN’s annual climate change conference. Among the marchers were Spanish environmental organisations, as well as delegates fresh from a day of COP25 negotiations and the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg who had just completed her transatlantic voyage. They were also accompanied by many local people and families, who came out to enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere and join the call for action on climate change. Organisers placed the number of protesters at half a million, while local police estimated there were more like 15,000 people in attendance. With their demands for urgent action contrasting sharply with the slow, bureaucratic proceedings taking place at COP25, Carbon Brief attended the protest and asked marchers what message they wanted to send to those in power.
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