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War and climate change on the G8 summit agenda

Issue No. 1958

The focus of the protests at the G8 summit in Scotland has been on ending poverty in the developing world. But the G8 leaders are also set to make decisions on the environment and nuclear weapons.

Chris Nineham from the Stop the War Coalition has been helping organise the G8 protests. “Gordon Brown is trying to turn the Saturday march into a pro-government rally and to completely bury the issue of the war in Iraq,” he said.

“That’s why it’s crucial that every anti-war activist in Britain makes it up to Edinburgh on Saturday 2 July and to Gleneagles on Wednesday 6 July.

“The protests against the G8 summit are a real opportunity to launch a campaign to get the troops home by Christmas.

“George Bush is coming to Scotland — we’ve got to make sure that once again there is a massive display of opposition to his war on terror and to the whole neo-convervative project.

“Bush is on the ropes at home and we have to make sure that he finds no respite here.”

Tony Blair has made a lot of noise over environmental issues such as climate change. But he has delivered precious little, according to campaigning journalist George Monbiot.

“Blair says he has made climate change one of the two key pledges of the G8 summit, and that he is a climate friendly prime minister,” he told Socialist Worker. “But that could not be further from the truth.”

“What we have actually seen is a rise in carbon dioxide emissions in 2003 and 2003, and a massive projected rise in emissions due to the increase in air travel. This makes a complete mockery of any cuts Blair claims to have made.

“What we’re seeing here is Blair’s insistence on appeasing big business above everything else. When it comes to a choice between the future of humanity and the profitability of multinational corporations, he goes for the second option. We need to remind Blair of his promises on the environment.”

We have to make sure our voices are heard on all these issues and let the G8 leaders know that it is not enough to just make the right noises. People around the world are demanding action — it’s time to make war and poverty history.

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Sat 2 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958
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