Global Day of Climate protest, 12th December 2009

For Immediate Release

Global Climate Campaign
Contact: 

Email: info@globalclimatecampaign.org
Phone: +44 (0) 2078339311

Global Day of Climate protest, 12th December 2009

COPENHAGEN - 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

Climate
Emergency Rally'
Speakers Corner, Hyde Park will feed into "The Wave" in London, 5th
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

"Beat
the Heat Now !"
   Utrecht, 12th
December "No
Maastricht on Sea
" ,  Maastricht
12th December

"Klimaseilas" , Oslo, 12th December

Klimaprotest.,
Vienna, 12th
December

100 piazze per il
clima"
  Italy,
12th December

Kuresel
Isinmayi Durdurun 12i
  Turkey,
12th December

Walk Against Warming Australia, 12th
December

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