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Protest calls for climate action

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2231

On the march outside parliament last Saturday  (Pic: Patrick Ward)

On the march outside parliament last Saturday (Pic: Patrick Ward)

Around 1,500 campaigners marched through central London last Saturday to call on the government to take action on climate change.

It was part of a global day of action as people protested around the world to coincide with UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.

Phil Thornhill from the Campaign Against Climate Change, which organised the demonstration, said people were seeing “the failure of the government to rise to greatest challenge of our times.

“We are here to show solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world.”

One student on the march told Socialist Worker, “I don’t think a march will be enough but it’s a show of force to the government. David Cameron’s advisers are in polluting industries. It’s not convenient for them to do anything about climate change.”

The biggest cheers went to Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP, when she called for “non-violent direct action and civil disobedience”.

“If the climate were a bank, it would’ve been saved years ago,” she added. “It’s down to us to create that political will. We can be a bit more militant.”

Unfortunately, the turnout on the demo wasn’t great and it attracted very few trade unionists—with only one union banner present.

Campaigners will need to discuss how to build a bigger movement—and how to link it with the broader movement against cuts.

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Tue 7 Dec 2010, 18:03 GMT
Issue No. 2231
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