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Global Day of Climate protest, 12th December 2009
COPENHAGEN - December 8 - As the Copenhagen Climate Talks get underway and hopes of a meaningful deal continue to fade, a global protest is building against the failure of world leaders to make progress on this critical issue.
To begin these protests on Saturday 5th December, to coincide with the opening of the Talks, thousands of people took to the streets of Europe to demand real and immediate climate action. In London over 5,000 attended a Climate Emergency Rally calling for radical domestic action from the UK government. The day of action culminated in the Wave event that saw 40,000 people march and encircle Parliament to demand a fair and fast deal at Copenhagen. Similarly, 8,000 people attended Scotland's Wave march in Glasgow, while hundreds gathered dressed in blue to demonstrate outside government departments in Dublin, Ireland.
Saturday 5th December also saw in Brussels a coalition of 15,000 protesters from NGOs and Unions gather to march through the city centre. Thousands came together in France for a noise demonstration organised by L'ultimatum Climatique playing rhythms on pots and pans in central Paris. In Germany activists gathered in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gates with protesters sat in a giant aquarium dressed as world leaders.
These demonstrations are just a taster of what will be happening on Saturday 12th December when the rest of the world will take their opportunity to demonstrate mid-way through the UN Climate Talks. Mobilisations are planned from all around Europe to Copenhagen itself, where there will be a march from the Danish Parliament building to the venue of the Talks. See http://www.12dec09.dk/ .
On the same day there will be demonstrations and events all around the world with 10,000 expected in ‘Walks against Warming' in Australia, up to 50,000 expected on the streets of New Delhi, 20,000 at a concert in Utrecht and a host of other events from Dakar to Djakarta and from Buenos Aires to Istanbul. See details of all these and more here www.globalclimatecampaign.org
Phil Thornhill, from the Campaign against Climate Change in the UK, said, on behalf of the Global Climate Campaign:
"Every year of inaction sees us slide closer to the point where a tragedy of unprecedented scale becomes irreversible. As politicians fail to find the collective will to overcome inertia, international rivalries, and the all pervasive power of vested interests, ordinary people all around the world will be demanding decisive action now, not later when the fate of billions could be already have been sealed and the catastrophe will have become unstoppable".
Goksen Sahin from Kuresel Eylem Grubu (Global Action Group), in Turkey, said on behalf of the Global Climate Campaign:
"We need an agreement from Copenhagen which puts the needs of the planet first, not the interests of big corporations and what is convenient for politicians. This is what the grassroots movement, both on the streets of Copenhagen and around the world, will be demanding"
Notes to Editors
1/ The Global Climate Campaign is a loose network of individuals, groups and organisations from all around the world which come together to organise international demonstrations on climate change, synchronised on a ‘Global Day of Action', at the time of the annual UNFCCC Talks on climate change. There has been such a Global Day of Action on climate change every year since 2005, in up to seventy countries involving hundreds of thousands of people.
2/ Some useful links to info on the web:
Klimaforum09 Alternative conference Copenhagen
Flood for Climate Justice Friends of the Earth International event in Copenhagen, 12th December
http://www.12dec09.dk/ Main march to Conference centre, Copenhagen, 12th December
"The Wave", Scotland, Glasgow, 5th December
"The Wave", Ireland, Dublin, 5th December
Action du 5 Decembre Brussels, 5th December.
Action d'Ultimatum Climatique Paris, 5th December.
Climate Action Day Germany, 5th December
"Klimaseilas" , Oslo, 12th December
Klimaprotest., Vienna, 12th December
100 piazze per il clima" Italy, 12th December
Kuresel Isinmayi Durdurun 12i Turkey, 12th DecemberWalk Against Warming Australia, 12th December