We have to do something about global warming. Most people know it’s a serious problem. Most people want something done. But individuals driving different cars and taking fewer flights is not going to be enough.
The US government won’t even sign the Kyoto climate agreement on cutting carbon dioxide emissions. In any case, Kyoto does not go anywhere like far enough and the countries that have signed Kyoto are not living up to what they have promised.
There is an enormous gap between the scale of the climage change problem and the scale of mobilisation.
The largest march over climate change in Britain was 2,000. The largest in the world was 5,000 in New Delhi. But we need to build a movement so strong that it can force the governments of the world to act.
We have to start somewhere. The World Social Forum social assembly in Brazil called for international action. There is now a call for coordinated national demonstrations around the world on Saturday 3 December.
In Britain protests will take place in London and Edinburgh. Those backing these marches include the Green parties of England & Wales and Scotland, Respect, Greenpeace, Unison, People & Planet and the Campaign Against Climate Change.
If you can get your organisation — your party branch, or environmental group, or union group — to support the demo, please write to us at [email protected] and we will add you to the list of our supporters.
We have a national meeting to organise the demonstration and build support for it in Oxford on Saturday 1 October. It would be great if you could get there, bring a friend, and maybe represent an organisation.
If you are from outside Britain and you are reading this, please write to us about what you can organise in your country.
These international demonstrations this year will be small. But in many countries, even 100 people standing outside the US embassy is far more than we have ever had before.
We want to establish the principle that people will march and fight over this, that we will build a global movement. In time, the demos will be massive.
But time is short. The task is huge. Get stuck in.
Jonathan Neale’s email is [email protected]
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