Global Climate Change rallies push for urgent action
In London, STWR joined over 10,000 campaigners who braved the wind and December downpours to walk from the Houses of Parliament to the US embassy.
Thousands of demonstrators took part in a ‘global day of action’ on the 8th of December to push governments to take tougher measures on combating climate change.
In London, STWR joined an estimated 10,000 marchers who braved the wind and December downpours to walk from the Houses of Parliament to the US embassy.
Other marchers wielded signs marked “We must change, not the climate”, and “There is no Planet B”. STWR’s large banners, marked simply “One Planet: Share the World’s Resources”, was featured on theBBC coverage of the event.
It also urged the government “to secure an equitable emissions treaty that is effective in preventing the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate and which minimises dangerous climate change.” Campaigners are calling for the British government to introduce a climate change bill as soon as possible to reduce UK emissions by at least 80% by 2050, with annual reviews to prevent “slippage” on the targets.
The rallies came midway through the UN summit in Bali which is aiming to draw the “road map” to a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol. Only 36 industrial nations signed up to emissions caps under the 1997 treaty, which expires in five years' time after failing to measure up to the escalating crisis. Despite pledging to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by a modest total of around 5 percent of 1990 levels by 2012, rich nations have instead increased them by 11 percent.
Critics argue that without the US signing up, a long-term response to climate change is bound to be ineffective. The new Australian Labor government, who ratified the Kyoto treaty days before the Bali conference, is also standing accused of not fully declaring its position on a 25 to 40 percent cut in emissions by 2020.
If no action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the IPCC reported that the earth’s temperature could rise by 4.5 degrees. Even a two-degree rise in global temperatures, warned a separate report released in Bali on Friday, could flip the Amazon forest from being the Earth's vital air conditioner to “a flamethrower that cooks the planet”.
- BBC - Global rallies focus on climate
- Independent (UK) - Demonstrations across the globe mark Bali summit
- Q&A: Bali climate change conference (The Guardian, UK)
- Global Climate Campaign
- Draft Agreement from Bali Talks