Saturday, 28 November 2009
The Climate Emergency Rally is one of several major events organised for next Saturday (5 December), in the run up to the big Copenhagen climate talks. The rally organisers invite supporters to 'challenge the government to take emergency action on climate change'.
The rally starts at noon at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park in central London. Speakers include Michael Meacher MP, Simon Hughes MP, John McDonnell MP, Caroline Lucas MEP, Maria Sauveron (Bolivian ambassador) and Chris Baugh (Public and Commercial Services Union). Musical interludes will be provided by Seize the Day.
Protestors from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds are gearing up for the biggest UK demonstration on climate so far. “The Wave” is the centrepiece of the day's activities, with demonstrators leaving Grosvenor Square at 1pm to surround parliament at around 3pm. The Climate Emergency Rally precedes “The Wave”; rally-goers will feed into it as it leaves Grosvenor Square.
Demands from Campaign Against Climate Change include banning domestic flights, a million new green jobs by the end of next year, and an end to agrofuel use. The campaign declares: 'We want to make sure there is no chance that the Government will ‘spin’ the climate demo as simply in support of their position at the Copenhagen Talks – whilst we want to demand a fair and effective international agreement we also want to demand much more action on climate from the UK government, here at home'.