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Thousands march to demand climate action

by Kelly Hilditch
Issue No. 2131

Young, noisy and prepared - protesters at last Saturday’s climate march (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/» Guy Smallman )

Young, noisy and prepared - protesters at last Saturday’s climate march (Pic: » Guy Smallman)


Around 10,000 people marched in London last Saturday at a demonstration called by the Campaign Against Climate Change. The march was young, noisy – and prepared to take direct action.

Speaking at the demo, Labour MP John McDonnell said, “We welcome the government’s Climate Change Act – but we need deeds, not words.

“If they choose to build the third runway at Heathrow airport, they will be acting against the will of the people.”

Jonathan Neale from the Campaign Against Climate Change talked about the need for a “green New Deal”.

“We’re told we face an economic crisis and an environmental crisis that will mean unemployment, hunger and war,” he said.

“The answer to unemployment is to create more jobs. And the solution to climate change is also to create jobs – to build wind turbines, insulate homes and develop public transport.”

Caroline Lucas MEP from the Green Party said, “This government can find £500 billion for the financial crisis, but it cannot find the money or the political will to act on climate change.

“If our government refuses to act, we will take the necessary action – with non-violent direct action and civil disobedience.”

Phil Thornhill from the Campaign Against Climate Change said, “This is a global disaster waiting to happen. The scale of what will happen is unimaginable – unless something is done.”

The protest was organised to coincide with the United Nation climate talks taking place in Poznan, Poland. World leaders are negotiating on a new climate treaty to succeed to Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

The talks looked set to end without agreement as Socialist Worker went to press. Activists have to organise to put pressure on world leaders if we want to win any serious action to stop climate change.


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Tue 9 Dec 2008, 18:04 GMT
Issue No. 2131
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