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Climate change: a global day of action to save the planet

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2079

Millions of people across the globe will take part in a day of action against climate change on 8 December.

The need to campaign becomes more urgent every day. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) showed that the destructive effects of climate change are occurring much faster than previously anticipated.

Events will take place in over 50 countries on the day of action. Phil Thornhill, the national coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change in London, spoke to Socialist Worker about how the day is shaping up.

'In terms of Europe, Germany is looking very good. There will be a big protest at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and also at the site of a new coal-fired power station near Dusseldorf.

'It looks like there will be big protests in Belgium as well as all the Scandinavian countries.

'In Greece the demonstrations look set to be bigger than before due to the recent fires. People have made the link to climate change and are determined to take on the government over the issue.'

New protests

Climate change is growing as an issue internationally, with more protests planned this year in areas that didn't have demonstrations last year.

'There will be protests in Delhi and other places in India – and this is new,' says Phil.

'Across the Middle East there will be a 'walkathon' in Beirut, a conference in Palestine, and protests in Egypt, Morocco and Dubai. Some events may be quite small but they are more significant than they look because they are new.'

Campaigners in Australia brought their main climate protest forward to coincide with the run up to the general election – 120,000 people took part in protests across the country on 11 November.

Coaches are booked from around Britain to bring campaigners to the demonstration in London.

Protesters will demand that the British government passes a bill to cap carbon emissions for the whole country, rather than relying on emissions trading.

The march ends at the US embassy in protest at George Bush's lack of action on climate change. 'It's clear that the campaign needs to be global,' says Phil.

'There's a real urgency about this – to stop climate change requires the mobilisation of the whole of society.'

The London climate demo assembles at 12 noon, Saturday 8 December at Millbank (Westminster tube). For more details and transport information go to »

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Tue 27 Nov 2007, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2079
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