ActionAid Campaigns coordinator Emma Harbour reports on a successful day at the World Can't Wait rally in central London.
A bright sunny day, a ringmaster, a strongman, the four hobby-horsemen of the apocalypse and thousands of campaigners from around the country all combined to help make Saturday’s World Can’t Wait rally a huge success.
We were joined at the Target Poverty Unfair Fairground by people of all ages, ranging from committed activists to school kids, all keen to make sure Tony Blair and his fellow leaders keep their promises when they meet this week in Germany.
As campaigners popped their head through our target poverty G8 photo board, all had strong messages for the G8 including Dave from Doncaster who’s message was:
'Actions speak louder than words!'
As the day went on the amazing atmosphere from the park and the various centres around Westminster spilled out towards the river where at 2.30 after a minutes silence, whistles, alarm clocks and drums all created 3 minutes of noise that was truly incredible and helped to send our message to the G8 loud and clear.
Over the last few months over half a million people have sent a message to Tony Blair and his fellow leaders demanding that they take action on global poverty. As the summit begins there can be little doubt that we have made ourselves heard … the question now is will they act?
The day in pictures - photos from the day's action.
Listen to Labour and Conservative MPs who were at the rally on Saturday 2 June: