Mass London demo on climate change planned
A mass demonstration is to take place in London against climate change.
Organised by The Stop Climate Chaos coalition, which includes several Christian groups, the ëI countí event takes place in Londonís Trafalgar Square, on Saturday 4th November.
Thousands of people who care about climate change are expected to turn out, be counted and demand politicians take action. The event is part of the wider 'I Count' campaign to stop climate chaos, launching at the beginning of October.
People will be travelling to the event from across the UK in ingenious low-carbon ways, say campaigners, and welcomed to the Square by comic compËres introducing addresses from high-profile supporters and musicians.
Ashok Sinha, Director of Stop Climate Chaos, said: "Climate change is affecting us all, now. We urge everyone who is concerned to join us on Saturday 4th November and ëbe countedí. Whether youíre a gardener suffering with unpredictable weather, a parent worried for your childís future, someone concerned about drought and famine in Africa or a nature-lover watching our native species disappear, I Count is an opportunity for us all to come together and make our voices heard."
Everyone who signs up to the campaign via text message or by logging onto the campaign website will be counted ëvirtuallyí on the day. A live counter will clock up those in the Square and those who care but couldnít come.
The 'I Count' event precedes the next round of climate change negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya, which start on 6th November. The UK Government will be at the table, and the I Count campaign is calling on them to provide all necessary assistance to developing countries to both adapt to climate change and, in the longer term, get access to sufficient clean energy to meet their developmental needs.
The coalition is also calling for international action to ensure that global greenhouse gas emissions are irreversibly declining by 2015.
The first step the UK government can take towards delivering annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of 3% (through the creation of a comprehensive Carbon Budget), as well as providing proper support for developing countries, is to announce in the forthcoming Queenís Speech that it will introduce a new Bill to pave the way for the legislation necessary to do this, say campaigners.
Stop Climate Chaos is a growing coalition of many of the UKís leading environment, development and womenís organisations, activist and faith-based groups. Its members include Cafod, Christian Aid and Tearfund.