As leaders of community groups and African NGO's talked, thousands of marchers listened patiently.
The strong military prescence was on the outskirts of Johannesburg was overt, although the rally was non violent.
What kind of future will the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg offer these children?
This rally through the heart of Johannesburg remained non violent, despite earlier fears to the contrary.
A clear indication that while the delegates inside the convention make new alliances and forge tenuous political partnerships, outside the UN buildings very real walls based on access to resouces continue to exist.
A few thousand people march to Sandton in Johannesburg. The previous week, police used stun grenades against its own citizens - marchers commented that ment only a few thousand marched instead of tens of thousands.
The issues discussed at the Earth Summit affect communities, especially women and children. Critical to most African communities is the issue of water: it needs to be clean, safe and drinkable.
NEPAD is the New Economic Partnership for Africa's Development. African NGO's are angry that they were not consulted or involved in its creation.
The messages were as varied as the marchers themselves. The uniting sentiment was one of displeasure at the progress made so far by the Earth Summit delegations that seem to be actively protecting corporate interests.
A rally at the Earth Summit saw people of all ages walk for 7 hours through the streets of Johannesburg - starting at the poorest suburb of Alexandria and finishing at Sandton, the elite heart of the city.
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