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Organising to stop the threat of climate change

Issue No. 1971

Climate change is leading to devastating hurricanes, melting the polar ice caps and threatening the planet.

George Bush and Tony Blair have made it clear that they will take no serious action to solve this problem.

Millions of people are concerned about this issue and activists are gearing up for an international day of action against climate change in December.

Over 100 activists from around the country came together last week for the first national organising meeting for the Campaign Against Climate Change.

Activists discussed organising for the national demonstration in central London on Saturday 3 December.

Respect national executive member Elaine Graham-Leigh attended the meeting.

She told Socialist Worker, “The fact that so many people were able to come together shows that people want to build a mass movement.

“There is a real feeling that this is possible. The meeting was well attended.

“Respect had a real presence, and there were also representatives from Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Green Party and even a couple of Lib Dems. There were also students, teachers and trade unionists.

“Really it was a day to get together and plan for the national demonstration on 3 December.”

Demonstrations are now set to happen across the world on that day.

Jonathan Neale, who is co-ordinating the international campaign, said, “This thing is just snowballing — a week ago there were five countries involved, today it’s ten.

“Around a fortnight ago activists from ten organisations in Turkey met to found a new network for the demonstration on climate change on 3 December in Istanbul.

“A week later they got me on to CNN Turkey, which is broadcast across the country, for a 15 minute interview.

“This is an issue that people are really concerned about, and that they want to campaign about.”

Regional Campaign Against Climate Change groups were set up at the meeting.

These are now planning public meetings, mass leafleting, education packs and street stalls to let as many people as possible know about the upcoming protests and events.

To get involved or for more information go to or phone 020 8855 3327.

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Sat 8 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1971
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