The UK-based international development NGO Christian Aid yesterday staged a Mass Visual Trespass at the Houses of Parliament to demand climate justice at the forthcoming United Nations summit in Copenhagen
Images of protesters, including actress Greta Scacchi, calling on the international community to agree a fair climate deal at Copenhagen, were beamed onto the Palace of Westminster on 30 September 2009.
There were also messages urging the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and the US President, Barack Obama to lead the fight for climate justice at the summit.
Christian Aid’s Mass Visual Trespass campaign enables climate justice campaigners to demonstrate without leaving home. Members of the public have shown their support by uploading photographs of themselves, and their climate messages, onto the Christian Aid website. www.christianaid.org.uk/trespass
Their images are then beamed onto buildings as a ‘visual trespass’. The first such event was held at the E.ON power plant in Ironbridge, East Shropshire in August (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA4dctONpGE). More are planned around the country in the run up to the Copenhagen talks.
Christian Aid’s head of campaigns, Paul Brannen, said after the trespass: "We chose Parliament as we want politicians to understand the very real nature of the crisis that is developing and act accordingly."
He continued: "It is rich industrialised countries like the UK that are historically responsible for causing climate change. They must now demonstrate a new kind of leadership in dealing with the consequences."
"Climate change is already having a devastating effect on the people we work with in developing countries who have contributed very little to global warming," said Brennan. "The floods in the Philippines and the drought in Kenya and the Horn of Africa are just the latest examples of vulnerable communities bearing the brunt of unpredictable weather patterns. For these people, climate change is now a matter of life or death."
The Christian Aid spokesperson added: "It’s time for a new revolution, a climate revolution. It’s vital that a fair and just climate deal is agreed in Copenhagen to come into force when the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012."