For Immediate Release
Global Day of Climate protest, 12th December 2008
COPENHAGEN - As
hopes of a meaningful deal at the Copenhagen
Climate Talks fade, a global protest is building against the failure of world
leaders to make progress on this critical issue.
There will be an initial ‘wave’ of
protests on Saturday 5th December, just before the opening of the Talks,
with tens of thousands expected in London and Brussels and thousands more in
Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Paris and Berlin.
Saturday 12th December will see
a huge mobilisation from all around Europe to Copenhagen, itself, where there will be a march
from the Danish Parliament building to the Conference centre. See http://www.12dec09.dk/ .
On the same day there will be demonstrations and
events all around the world with tens of thousands expected in ‘Walks
against Warming’ all around Australia, up to 50,000 expected
on the streets of New Delhi, twenty thousand at a concert in Utrecht and a host
of other events from Dakar to Djakarta and from Buenos Aires to Istanbul. See 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”
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 every year since 2005, in up to seventy countries and with hundreds of
2. Some useful links to info on the web:
Alternative conference Copenhagen
for Climate Justice Friends of the Earth International event in Copenhagen, 12th
Main march to Conference centre, Copenhagen,
“The Wave”, Scotland, Glasgow, 5th December
Wave”, Ireland, Dublin,
du 5 Decembre Brussels, 5th December.
d'Ultimatum Climatique Paris, 5th December.
Climate Action Day
“Klimaseilas” , Oslo,
100 piazze per il
Isinmayi Durdurun 12i Turkey,
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