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World leaders will face wave of global protests over climate change

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2178

World leaders, including Gordon Brown, who are squandering chances to deal with climate change will face a wave of protests next month.

Demonstrations will take place in several major cities across the world, including London and Glasgow, on 5 December to demand action.

An international protest in Copenhagen on 12 December will follow, to coincide with the beginning of United Nations climate change talks in the city.

The main protest in London is “The Wave”—a mass demonstration called by Stop Climate Chaos (SCC) that aims to surround parliament. The Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC) has organised a rally in Hyde Park that will march to join the Wave.

With over two weeks to go until the first protests, lots of coaches and trains bringing people to London are full and activists are booking more transport.

Gwyneth Powell-Davies is an activist in Bristol.

“We have two coaches full already and have booked a third,” she told Socialist Worker. “There’s also a train coming from the South west of England.

“My Unite union branch in Bristol has agreed to fund people to go to the protest. There’s broad backing for it.”

Dina is involved with Stop Climate Chaos in Manchester. “We’ve filled our first train and expect the second one to be full by the end of the week,” she told Socialist Worker.

“I’ve got children and I want to be able to say to them that I did my best to stop climate change.”

Riot laws

Meanwhile in Copenhagen itself, the Danish government has brought in new riot laws that campaigners see as deliberately timed to coincide with the climate protests.

“The government doesn’t want to talk about the issues because it has no solution,” says Jørn Andersen, from the Climate Movement in Denmark.

“The way the preparations for the talks have gone confirms what many on the left are saying—that governments are bound up with corporate interests and won’t do what’s needed to stop climate change.

“Over 75 Danish organisations are backing the protest which is very good for Denmark.

“The media is trying to paint a picture of a violent protest full of troublemakers. It is not deterring people.

“If we have a big protest it can be the start of building a real movement demanding socially just, global solutions to climate change.”

For more information on the London protest and for campaigning materials go to » For more information on the protests in Copenhagen go to »

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Tue 17 Nov 2009, 17:15 GMT
Issue No. 2178
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