Southampton makes a Wave in London

Posted on December 10, 2009 by

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Activists from the University, local church and environmental groups joined up to 50’000 people in London this past Saturday who marched on Westminster as part of ‘The Wave’ climate protest.  The march occurred just before delegates from the world’s nations – as well as thousands of activists – arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark for the UN climate talks, where the failed Kyoto Protocol’s successor is to be discussed and drafted.

Students From SU Green Action Society carry the Student's Union banner at The Wave on Saturday

The marchers were demanding that the government and delegates make sure that the conference reaches a strong and binding deal that will gaurantee the strong cuts in emissions climatologists say is needed to prevent dangerous climate change.  However, it is feared, due to corporate lobbying and a deadlock between developed and developing nations over who cuts their emissions first, that the talks will fail to deliver this demand.

Up to 40’000 activists are expected to be in Copenhagen during the summit, with both demonstrations, occupations and alternative conferences planned.  The Danish police have already started using recently granted powers from anti-protest laws to detain activists and confiscate equipment for making protest props on the basis of being ‘weapons’ and that the activists plan to cause disorder.

Closer to home, Climate Camp has occupied Trafalgar Square to protest against the ‘false solutions’ of the conference, and intend to stay for the duration of the conference.  Many university activists intend to join them after term ends if the camp remains in place, and have called out for others to join them.

David McKay, Activism Officer of SU Green Action, told the Blowhole that “this is the turning point for the fight against climate change.  If the politicians and world leaders at Copenhagen fail to reach an effective, binding deal that meets the demands of the science, we will have to take independent action to ensure that climate chaos is limited as much as possible.  We’re the generation who will have to deal with it if it goes wrong at Copenhagen, and we’re tired of just waiting for our leaders to sort it out for us.”

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