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Downing Street protest highlights threat to Arctic ice

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2317

The Campaign Against Climate Change sent an emergency message to David Cameron this weekend  (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The Campaign Against Climate Change sent an emergency message to David Cameron this weekend (Pic: Socialist Worker)


As levels of ice in the Arctic Ocean reached a new record low this weekend, around 40 protesters assembled outside Downing Street, central London, with an “Arctic wake up call” for David Cameron.

The Campaign Against Climate Change, which called the emergency demonstration, is demanding a ten percent cut in emissions every year.

Phil Thornhill, coordinator of the campaign, told Socialist Worker that “with still a month to go before the end of the melting season this isn’t just a new record—it’s a crash.”

The Arctic region is currently warming over three times faster than the global average. Some scientists predict we could be only a few years away from an ice-free Arctic.

“It’s the first really big, visible impact of climate change,” said Phil. “It’s something that transforms how the planet looks and behaves.”

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Mon 27 Aug 2012, 13:10 BST
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