As I approached the stadium after a kebab dinner near Rondo Warzyngtona, I heard what sounded like people singing from inside the stadium. A lot of people.
Not having Tracy’s patience to sit in line, I went in search of the commotion. My guess to go inside the stadium on the elusive Level 0 was correct, as I could hear the chanting much more clearly.
“Stop climate madness! Stop climate madness!” they chanted.
The canny organizers of the Climate Action Network had cleverly exploited an underutilized feature of this venue, where the plenary rooms are temporary structures set up on the playing field; stadiums echo. The 100 people or so chanting at the wall of Plenary 1 sounded like 1000. And apparently they had gone through the proper channels to arrange this too, as there was no problem from security, even when it ended and people headed away. The United Nations does allow protests, if you schedule it with them.
“We Stand With You! We Stand With You!” the protesters chanted, in support of the Philippines.
Will it make a difference? As Tracy said, the delegates could hear it. And she was in the room on the other side of the stadium.