Kyoto March

"BUSH TAKING US THE WAY THE DINOSAURS WENT"

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Photo: Hilary Gander

3 YEARS AFTER BUSH DUMPED KYOTO
AND OUR THIRD 'KYOTO MARCH' HITS THE STREETS !

It was another long march from ExxoMobil HQ, near Leatherhead (20 miles !), for the elite band of enthusiasts who went the whole way: our way of showing that its oil-money that determines Bush's policy on climate change - not the vital interests of everybody who lives on this planet. For those of us who spent the night before in 'Tanner's hatch' Youth Hostel, there was nature's alarm clock - a cockerel - to wake us up at 5.30 in the morning: something, however, he'd been doing at half hourly intervals all through the night !

Our theme was "Bush taking us the way the Dinosaurs went" and a colourful band - including a triceratops and a tyrannosaurus rex - set out from the Exxon HQ, early in the morning. More people joined at Epsom, Morden and the halfway stop at Wimbledon. Finally the long-marchers trooped triumphantly into the Imperial War Museum Park, in Lambeth, to the deafening applause of the assembled crowd. They - and the crowd - were then treated to a great speech from the Green MEP - Caroline Lucas - who caught the very special mood of the occasion magnificently.

Then the colourful throng - enlivened by the legendary 'Rinky Dink' bicycle sound system - hit the streets of central London, with assorted prehistoric reptiles and many other animals - chiefly human beings - wearing the sign "Endangered Species". At length the source of the danger was reached (or its symbol in the UK), namely the US embassy, where - after the customary confused hiatus - we were able to appreciate speeches from Michael Meacher MP (Environment Minister, 1997-2003) and Norman Baker, MP (Lib Dem shadow Environment spokesperson), who both lambasted very effectively the moron in the Whitehouse. At the same time a quartet of 'pall-bearers' from 'CodePink', carrying our 'late' planet, provided a great photo-op for the cameras. Finally Liana Stupples spoke for Friends of the Earth and then we wound down to the sound of the 'Eco-Worriers'.

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'Codepink' with deceased planet. Photo Alex Eisenstein.

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Photo John Robinson

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Photo Hilary Gander

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Here is the trusty band of all-the-way marchers - dinosaurs, (anti)Esso-Tigers, and all - at the start of the march at Exxon (Esso) HQ, near Leatherhead. Its 20 miles from here to the US embassy.

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And the same band with a message for the people in the Esso building.

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And this is the trusty band 10 or 12 miles further on (with others joined up along the way !) at the Esso petrol station, Colindale.

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The famous 'Rinky Dink' bicycle powered sound machine - on the main march (from the Imperial War Museum to the US embassy) now.

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Artistry with a message, on the march.

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