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National Climate March 2008

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The National Climate March 2008 filled the streets of London again - thanks to everyone who made it another great success!
This time thousands marched on Parliament to demand action from the UK government on climate change.



Protestors carried banners and placards saying 'No New Coal', 'No Third Runway', 'Stop Agrofuels' and 'Time for a Green New Deal'.
Protestors were also demanding meaningful action on climate from world leaders and their representatives at the Poznan Climate Talks. The demonstration was part of a Global Day of Action in which around 70 countries were involved.

Speakers included Nick Clegg (leader of the Liberal Democrats), Caroline Lucas (leader of the Green Party) and John McDonnel (Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington).

The marchers gathered at Grosvenor Square on a crisp and sunny winters day. A colourful and noisy throng brought their message through the streets of London to the very doorstep of government. Protestors displayed the kind of colourful creativity in costumes, banners and assorted props, that we have come to expect from climate marches. A notable new addition this year were the '4 horsemen of the apocalypse'. Disciplined chanting at the front of the march was followed up by assorted samba beats and other sounds further down the long trail of demonstrators.

Hundreds of cyclists, meanwhile, started the day early, gathering at Lincolns Inn Fields and progressing via the offices of Greenergy for an agrofuels protest organised by Biofuelwatch, the offices of EON for a protest against New Coal, and finally the Department of Transport to call for sustainable transport. They joined the marchers in Grosvenor Square just ten minutes before they started off.

Just before the march there was also a Climate Change Service at Hinde Street church

In Parliament Square speakers included Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, who promised that his party would not neglect the need to takle climate change in the face of the global recession. Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party, spoke with her usual eloquence on the need for a New Green Deal, while John McDonnel, the Labour MP whose constituency includes Heathrow, spoke passionately about the building alliance between climate campaigners and his constituents who were resisting Heathrow's expansion. Other speakers included Kirsty Wright from the World Development Movement speaking on 'No New Coal', Almuth Ernsting from Biofuelwatch on the damage caused by agrofuels, Jonathan Neal from CCC on a Green New Deal, Mark Dowd from Operation Noah, Muzammal Hussain from the London Islamic Network for the Environment, Korshed Alam an activist from Bangladesh, Mel from the Climate Camp, Matthew Williams from the UK Youth Climate Coalition, and finally Phil Thornhill, the National Coordinator of CCC, to wind up the speches. Meanwhile Nick Hutton, CCC Treasurer gave an impassioned appeal for cash (or better standing orders)- the CCC can't continue the work it does without it - and everyone was warmed up by some fantastic tunes from from 'Seize the Day'.

A letter was handed in to Downing Street by Jonathan Essex, Christine Taylor, Ruth, Helen, Sophie and Thomas Jarman. See the letter here.

Later on demonstrators thawed out at the After-Party in the Synergy Centre

The Climate March on Parliament had four main themes -
1) NO to a 3rd runway at Heathrow and the runaway expansion in aviation expansion.
2) NO new coal - no new coal-fired power stations as planned at eg Kingsnorth in Kent
3) NO to the expansion of agrofuels - with negative impacts on forests, the climate and world food supply.
4) YES to a renewable energy revolution and green jobs - a "Green new Deal"

The Climate March also marked the Saturday midway through the UN Climate Talks in Poznan, Poland and we made our demands on the UK government in solidarity with the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities that will suffer worst and most immediately from climate change caused overwhelmingly by the rich long-industrialised countries.


Resources:
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News Article from the BBC.


List of speakers:
Nick Clegg (leader of the Liberal Democrats)
Caroline Lucas (leader of the Green Party)
John McDonnel (Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington)
Kirsty Wright (World Development Movement)
Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch)
Jonathan Neal (Campaign against Climate Change)
Mark Dowd (Operation Noah)
Muzammal Hussain (London Islamic Network for the Environment)
Korshed Alam (An activist from Bangladesh)
Mel (Climate Camp)
Matthew Williams (UK Youth Climate Coalition)
Phil Thornhill (Campaign against Climate Change - National Coordinator).
Nick Hutton (Campaign against Climate Change - Treasurer)

Music:
Seize the Day

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Public meeting - "Is the Government failing us on climate change?"

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Zac Goldsmith Editor of the Ecologist magazine.
Bob Crow General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)
Benedict Southworth Executive Director of the World Development Movement.
Phil Thornhill National Coordinator, Campaign against Climate Change

ImageSpeakers include:

Zac Goldsmith Editor of the Ecologist magazine.
Bob Crow General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)
Benedict Southworth Executive Director of the World Development Movement.
Phil Thornhill National Coordinator, Campaign against Climate Change

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National March Planning Meeting (and CCC AGM)

 

The National March Planning Meeting (and CCC AGM) was held on Saturday October 4th in London - at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Room G2 (Russell Square Tube). The meeting was very constructive with some interesting discussion around the resolutions and lots of creative ideas for building the National Climate march and boosting our campaigns brewing up out of the workshops.

The agenda and resolutions are below.

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No New Coal march

 

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Protestors spilling out of the end of Rochester high street

Hundreds gathered in Rochester for a rally in the high street followed by a 7 mile march to Kingsnorth power station, to demand NO NEW COAL - and no new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth. This was a great showpiece event to help launch the Camp for Climate Action and generally emphasise the critical importance of the decision over Kingsnorth and the need to stop and reverse the expansion of coal-burning for power around the world. The march was joined by the Climate Camp "caravan" which had spent the previous week making its way from Heathrow, the site of last year's climate camp.

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Speakers at the Rochester Rally included Ashok Sinha, Executive Director of Stop Climate Chaos, Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party), Sean Furey, Deputy Director of the Kent Branch, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Benedict Southworth Executive Director of the World Development Movement, James Lloyd of People and Planet, Penny Eastwood from the Camp for Climate Action, Maureen Ruparel Lib Dem Medway councillor, Steve Wilkins from Medway Trades Council, James Willis from Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway and Phil Thornhill from the Campaign against Climate Change.

The day began with a series of short but punchy speeches delivered from a soapbox, near the Blue Boar lane car park, on Rochester High Street. There was a great mix of 'national' and local speakers - making for a genuinely varied perspective on the issue. Then the cavalcade gathered to march down Rochester High street led by 2 "dinosaurs", the (7 foot cubed) globe-in-a-greenhouse, CCC banner, Caravan banner, Caravan polar bear, all manner of cycle-drawn paraphernalia and an endless parade of dinosaurs...(well, dinosaur posters..)... emphasising the theme that unabated coal-burning power stations should belong to prehistory !

The march numbers held up well over the 7 mile route - we even gained a few as well as losing some. There was a quite surprising amount of sympathetic support from local people - though also we have to report some shouted abuse from the head-in-sand brigade whose courage seemed to be mainly of the dutch variety given that they seemed to be concentrated at certain drinking establishments. All the while the distant looming sillhouette of the power station grew closer untill we finally gathered together at one of its subsidiary gates - under the watchful eyes of a very considerable police presence. There were brief final speches and notices before we dispersed - many going 'en masse' with the 'caravan' to the Climate Camp - others being shuttled back to Rochester station. At this point the weather broke ..but reinforced our appreciation for the clement weather up till now...

The media coverage for the march was excellent - with some TV, lots of radio, before during & after the march, pictures in the Metro, Financial times, London Paper, lots of lcoal papers etc...etc...

During the following week the Climate Camp made a very great splash in the media, of course, very succesfully highlighting the issue - the insanity of building new coal-fired power stations in the midst of the climate crisis. The CCC had a stall in camp advertsing the December National climate March and Global Day of Action and many CCC members were involved with the camp. The situation with the police was especially fraught at this year's camp (cue endless stories, personal anecdotes....etc..) but a mixture of determination and restraint saw the camp through, sticking to its goal of highlighting the issue through Direct Action. Many of Sunday's marchers found themselves back at the gates of the power station just under a week later on the Saturday Climate Camp Day of Action.

Humorous Aside: Amongst the dangerous items seized by the police were 2 dinosaur costumes !!! (presumably under the little known ordinance of 1384, article 3 para 2 "wilfully causing alarm by impersonating a prehistoric animal etc.." or the Statute of Silly Costumes 1493, "conspiracy to masquerade as an evolutionary anachronism...etc etc..").

See more information on coal here.

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London International Climate Forum

ImageThe Climate Forum hit a high with a positive effervescence of multi-faceted perspectives on the climate crisis.

"Positivity" and "Negativity" battled it out on Saturday's major plenary with contributions from Michael Meacher MP, Caroline Lucas MEP, Tony Juniper (Director, Friends of the Earth), Isabel Fremaux from the Climate Camp and the Campaign's own Phil Thornhill.

The Sunday 'International Plenary', meanwhile, exposed the audience to some perhaps less familiar perspectives from around the world - with Bangladesh, Nigeria, Belgium, Taiwan, Spain, Senegal and the Phillipines all represented on the panel. Workshops (50+!) as ever covered a multiplicity of themes but some very constructive, no-nonsense, discussion was had on major campaigning themes like Heathrow/Aviation and Kingsorth/New Coal. In particular John Macdonnel MP was able to offer a detailed and up to date analysyis of where the Heathrow campaign now stood - to those who made it to the early Sunday morning seminar!

Read more here.

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Demonstration at Heathrow

Demonstration at Heathrow is big success!

ImageThe demonstration at Heathrow was a big success with thousands demanding "No third runway" and "no runway expansion in avaiation" and many calling on the government to "get real on climate change". A colourful procession including local residents, and bus-loads of climate campaigners from as far afield as North Wales and Matlock, left Hatton Cross tube station, and marched around the perimeter of the airport with the 7 foot square CCC 'globe-in-a-greenhouse' on wheels in the thick of the throng, giving a clear climate change message. As the long snake of protestors reached the BAA offices on the Bath Road shouts of "No 3rd Runway" got louder. Soon after that the cavalcade finally thread its way into Sipson village - which will be destroyed if the 3rd runway goes ahead. Here 3,000+ formed a giant 'NO'- an image that was beamed around the media, making the day a huge media success for the campaign. John McDonnell, the local MP, acted as master of ceremonies and George Monbiot spoke to the crowd before everyone retired to enjoy local hostelries and entertainments in the streets of Sipson.

The timetable for the day was as follows:

 

12pm assemble at Hatton Cross Tube station

12.50: two speakers (Archbishop Address and Deputy Mayor of London to lead off)

1pm: Carnival moves off. It will process around the airport to Sipson village, a distance of around two and a half miles.

2.30: Big NO begins

3.30: Big NO address

4pm: speakers on main stage

5pm: Sipson Street party : there will be food, stalls, drink and plenty to do for kids from face-painting to bouncy castles

7pm: close

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Protest against Brown on Biofuels

 

On Tuesday 15th April 2008 the CCC joined forces with Biofuelwatch to protest against the RTFO and the devestating impacts caused by a massive increase in biofuels. The protest, staged outside Downing Street at 6.00 pm, was the largest demonstration yet against biofuels and was widely reported on the day. Speakers at the demo included Ronnie Hall of the Global Forest Coalition, Kenneth Richter of Friends of the Earth, Pete Riley, campaign director of GM Freeze, Andrew Boswell of Biofuelwatch and Phil Thornhill of Campaign against Climate Change. Earlier in the day at 1.00 pm there was a very succesful photo-call and mini-demo outside the Department of Transport.

Photos from April 15th demos in London:

Lunchtime photo-op and mini-demo outside the Department of Transport, 1:00pm to 2:00 pm

Here we are with all our displays outside the Department of Transport at lunchtime on April 15th - and loads of press photographers have turned up.

More Photos here.

The main evening demo outside Downing Street, around 6:00pm to 7:30pm

More Photos here.

There were also other demonstrations around the UK on April 15th at:

Aberdeen:
Aberdeen Campaign against Climate Change held a banner protest outside BP. They also held a demo outside Royal Bank of Scotland, Union Street who are financing the Ensus biofuel refinery and another in Ireland.

Brighton
Brighton biofuel activists made a colourful banner and flyer tour of Brighton city centre and Sussex University on Tuesday, talking to people taking all forms of public transport and dropping windscreen alerts to raise awareness around the new RTFO. For more photos and a press release, see: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/04/396734.html .

Bristol
Members of Bristol Rising Tide and Espacio Bristol –Colombia held a protest outside a Tesco petrol station in Eastville, Bristol from to highlight the devastating consequences that agrofuels from monocultures will have on the climate, ecosystems, food prices and human rights. Tesco are a major investor in agrofuels and have been a biofuel market leader amongst UK supermarkets.

Cirencester
Traffic Lights for Peace leafleted the petrol station at Tesco's in Cirencester on April 15th to highlight the instigation of the RTFO.

Cheltenham
Cheltenham Friends of the Earth organised and attended a peaceful banner protest at Tescos, which was supported by Campaign Against Climate Change Gloucester and Stroud Green Party. Within minutes security had removed protestors from the premises. Despite the foul weather over a 150 leaflets were distributed to passing motorists and were very well received.

Edinburgh
An anonymous group of agrofuel activists disabled several pumps at two BP filling stations. BP was targeted as a major investor in agrofuels.
Separately, and later in the day, some 25 people held a lawful banner protest outside the BP petrol station in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. The protest was organised by Agrofuel Action Edinburgh. People dressed as trees formed a “forest” and handed out leaflets about the damaging effects of agrofuels and BP's involvement. Edinburgh Rebel Clown Army members then “deforested” them and the “trees” started to emit black CO2 balloons. Others “greenwashed” the BP sign with green water and a mop. The spectacle was accompanied by a strong police and media presence. Unfortunately, 5 clowns who had created a fun, party-like, light-hearted atmosphere at the protest were suddenly surrounded by police and arrested. They were charged with Breach of the Peace for ‘milling around’. Read more about the arrests here ... and here ... and here ... and here and here for a slide show.

Ghent (BELGIUM)
Thirty activist of "agrocrisis" blocked the gates of the Cargill factory in Ghent (Belgium). Several activist are chained to the main gate blocking entrance to trucks.

Glasgow
Protesters against biofuels dropped a banner at Charing Cross today, to draw attention to the use of food to make petrol. See Indymedia report
There was also a protest at the BP station near Anniesland in Glasgow on 19th April. Banners were hung and leaflets handed out to motorists for an hour and a half.

Gloucester
On April 15th to draw attention to the Renwable Transport Fuel Obligation, Campaign against Climate Change Gloucester targeted shoppers at Tesco's largest Gloucester store, at St. Oswald's site.

Hitchin
About 12 people from Hitchin and Lethworth held a protest on 12th April, calling on the UK government to drop the RTFO.

Leeds
Huddersfield Friends of the Earth organised a banner protest with leafleting outside the constituency office of Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment.

Manchester/Bolton
Campaigners from Manchester held a banner protest with costumes, samba music and an orang-utan costume outside the constituency office of Ruth Kelley, Secretary of State for Transport, the minister directly responsible for the RTFO.

Stroud
On April 15th Traffic Lights for Peace protested at the main Tesco in Stroud at the government's introduction of the RTFO and Tesco's position as market leader at the forecourt. Many customers were bemused by the Government's apparent lack of thought into the issue, especially in view of majority world food shortages.

See pictures and more details & links here.

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"Flying through the loophole in the Climate Bill" demonstration

 

On Saturday April 5th CCC activists were in Parliament Square demanding that the loophole that left (international) aviation out of the Climate Bill be plugged.

If the UK cap on emissions leaves out a major and rapidly growing source of emissions then its not a cap at all! And if aviation was included in the Climate Bill there'd be no need for a third runway at Heathrow. We need a realistic climate bill and a limit to the runaway growth in aviation!

See more info and photos here.

ImageOn Saturday April 5th CCC activists were in Parliament Square demanding that the loophole that left (international) aviation out of the Climate Bill be plugged.

If the UK cap on emissions leaves out a major and rapidly growing source of emissions then its not a cap at all! And if aviation was included in the Climate Bill there'd be no need for a third runway at Heathrow. We need a realistic climate bill and a limit to the runaway growth in aviation!

See more info and photos here.

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Fossil Fool's Day 2008

ImageImageApril 1st saw CCC campaigners at a demonstration against Kingsnorth and a new wave of coal-fired power stations (see more here) in Parliament Square before moving on to conduct a demonstration outside the London offices of Argent Group PLC who are behind the UK's biggest opencast coal mine at Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales - see more here.

Campaign against Climate Change joined 'People and Planet' (the student environmentalists' organisation) in exposing the foolery of building a new coal-fired power plant at Kingsnoth and reverting to dinosaur coal technology just when we urgently need to reduce emissions.

 












Brown and Hutton, fossil fools










Some familiar CCC faces (and a familiar CCC T-shirt) at the demo, with a message for the people across the road. (And those fossil fools again!)









Its them again with the the People and Planet 'No New Coal' "cooling towers" behind










People and Planet photo-op - with lots of Gordon Browns









Some more CCC folk.









That Carbon Dinosaur placard!









Flying the flag !









'No New Coal' - a message for Westminster.

 

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CCC Trade Union Conference 2008

ImageThe Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Conference on Saturday 9th February, at the University of London Union, was a great success with more than 300 attending. Get your Union to join the campaign - see here.

Below is a link to the PDF of the conference programme.

ImageThe Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Conference on Saturday 9th February, at the University of London Union, was a great success with more than 300 attending. Get your Union to join the campaign - see here.

Below is a link to the PDF of the conference programme.

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