For Immediate Release
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
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.
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
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
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 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:
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
Wave", Ireland, Dublin,
du 5 Decembre Brussels, 5th
d'Ultimatum Climatique Paris, 5th December.
Climate Action Day
"Klimaseilas" , Oslo, 12th December
100 piazze per il
Isinmayi Durdurun 12i Turkey,
Walk Against Warming Australia, 12th
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