Friday, 11 December 2009

Global day of action on climate change

Campaign Against Climate Change has helpfully provided 'an outline of some of the things that are happening in Copenhagen on Saturday (our Global Day of Action), what will be happening here in the UK, and just a taster of what people are doing all over the world to call for climate action'.

'In Copenhagen there will be a day of demonstrations on Saturday 12th December. Friends of the Earth International are organising a “Flood for Climate Justice” starting at 10am, gathering at Halmtorvet [near the Klimaforum09 venue]. A colourful procession moving as a human flood will march through the streets of Copenhagen to Christiansborg Slotsplads (Parliament Square) where there will be a street theatre act.

In Copenhagen in the afternoon, a coalition of climate organisations will gather for a mass demonstration. The march will start at Christiansborg Slotsplads at 1pm, and will reach the Bella Centre (the UN Summit Venue) for an assembly at around 5 pm. See HERE for more info.

'Our Global Day of Action will see protests of many forms all over the world. India is expected to see 50,000 people demonstrating on the streets of New Delhi, with actions happening in 15 other countries, including a candle-lit vigil on Kanyakumari Beach in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. 10,000 people are expected to join in “Walks against Warming” in different locations across Australia.

In Tanzania there will be a mass bike ride as well as a Demonstration in Morogoro, while in city of Osasco, Brazil, the will be a parade with floats and drummers attended by students, workers and environmentalists. See what else is happening around the rest of the world, from Dakar to Djakarta and Buenos Aries to Istanbul, on the Global Day of Action site HERE.'

As well as the demonstrations in Copenhagen itself, and the actions elsewhere, there are protests and events lined up in the UK, especially in London. Campaign Against Climate Change provides details of three of the most important:

'During the second week of Copenhagen, from Monday 14th - Thursday 17th Dec, Stop Climate Chaos Coalition will be organising 'flying pickets' at the embassies of countries that are blocking progress in the UNFCCC talks. Each day the country identified by Climate Action Network (CAN) as 'Fossil of the Day' will be targeted.

Camp for Climate Action have set up in Trafalgar Square and aim to stay there for the duration of the talks. You can go and support them by pitching a tent and staying or by simply taking visit and taking their minds off the cold. More info HERE.

For those all over the country: Avaaz are heading a mass phone-in to Gordon Brown ahead of the meeting of European leaders this Thursday and Friday to decide the offers they will be taking to Copenhagen. Help flood the PM’s phone line with demands for European leaders to offer 30-40% cuts by 2020 and put forward sufficient finance for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries at the talk.More info HERE.'

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