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  • The "I Count" in Trafalgar Square, London

    Blogpost by Dave - 4 November, 2006 at 23:00 1 comment


    © Greenpeace/Dave Walsh

    Here in London, we're all recovering from a hectic day at the Count in the Square - 25,000 people packed into London's Trafalgar Square. We were gathered to make a call for action on climate change - everyone from the Women's Institute to the rock band Razorlight. Quite a mixture.

    On the bus into central London, I spotted people making their way towards Trafalgar Square. Near Islington, a mother and two daughters boarded, carrying a fantastic handmade placard - on one side was a sad face and the words "do nothing". When they flipped it around, it the other side showed a smiley face, and the words "do something!".

    Trafalgar Square was beginning to get crowded when I arrived. I first tracked down one of my webbie colleagues, Jamie, waiting by Canada House for entrants to our Glastonbury competition. Across the street, the lobby of the Trafalgar Hotel had become media HQ. Cathy from Greenpeace UK as huddled around a laptop with other members of the Stop Climate Chaos competition, turning out press releases and the like. I bumped Nick, of the our photographers, and we both dumped some our equipment, and headed back into the Square to mingle with the crowd.

    I tracked down the Greenpeace gang up near the steps of the National Gallery, along with two... polar bears. The bears were crouched on the ground, being interrogated by a bunch of little kids. "So, do you eat bread then?", asked one little one.

    On stage, comedian Rufus Hound has the task of (global) warming up the crowd which was swelling ever bigger as various groups arrived - there was one bunch of 2,000 cyclists still to arrive, plus a parade of people from Plane Stupid. It was getting difficult to move out there. There was even people arriving by canoe and in biofuel green taxis. Surfers Against Sewage arrived wearing wetsuits and carrying surf boards. I kid you not.

    I completed a round of the square, bumping into lots of people - Jim, Willy, Belinda - all from Greenpeace UK, and all working as stewards for the day. Then I stole into the backstage area as the various speakers and musicians appeared. These included actress Miranda Richardson, Bishop of Liverpool Right Reverend James Jones, Ashok Sinha, Director of Stop Climate Chaos, TV presenter Simon Amstell, writer, comic and activist Rob Newman and President of Islamic Relief Dr Hana El Banna. Broadcaster Adam Hart Davis and Practical Action Project Officer Sharon Looremeta led a rousing talk on the effects of climate change on the Maasai people of Kenya. We create climate change in the 1st world - then export it in the form of droughts and floods elsewhere.

    For me, Rob Newman was the highlight - very... VERY angry man. He talked about how UK fools itself into thinking that has a 'small' country of Britain while being a major player in the world stage. He went on to talk about companies like Shell - all the controversies that come with the company's behaviour in Africa, and called for a boycot of The Royal Bank of Scotland, who own Nat West, because of their investment in climate damaging projects.

    And there was music, of course - including singer KT Tunstall and Razorlight - who drew a large, screaming female contingent to the front of the crowd. I missed them - I was six floors up, on the roof of the Trafalgar Hotel, taking photographs of the huge crowd.

    The theme of the day - and the word from most speakers was pretty consistent - we're as mad has hell, and we're not going to take it anymore. Everyone in Trafalgar Square is intent on doing their bit to curb climate change - so why can't Tony Blair, the UK government and other governments worldwide to their bit? In order to negotiate an international deal which would keep global warming to lower than two degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, the UK government needs to lead by example - by introducing a Climate Change Bill in this month's Queen's Speech. It's not good enough to make gestures though - this Bill should deliver annual cuts in the UK's carbon dioxide emissions. The government also needs to assist developing countries in both adapting to climate change and accessing clean energy to meet their development needs.

    Stop Climate Chaos members are: A Rocha, ActionAid, ACTSA, Airport Watch, BMS world Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change, Carplus, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, From Greenhouse to Green House, Garden Organic, Greenpeace, Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Medact, Operation Noah, Oxfam, People & Planet, Plan B, Practical Action, Road Block, RSPB, Save our World, Speak, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Tearfund, UNISON, The Wildlife Trusts, Take Global Warming Seriously, Transport 2000, National Federation of Women's Institutes, UNA, UNISON, Women's Environment Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement and WWF.

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    Greenpeace Polar Bears

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    I Count Trafalgar Square

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  • All over for the fish by 2048

    Blogpost by Andrew - 4 November, 2006 at 15:42 1 comment

    Boris Worm as a tubewormA new study published in the journal Science, finds that unless we reverse a long-term trend, our planets oceans will be largely fished out in my lifetime. Preserving marine biodiversity is the key, and the study calls for improved fisheries manageme... Read more >

  • Heatwave FM - Climate Rescue Radio

    Blogpost by nick - 3 November, 2006 at 21:33

    150x150heatwave.jpg The revolution will not be televised ... but you may well hear it on the radio!

    As the Global Day of Action on Climate Change unfolds we'll be bringing you live updates on streaming live 24/7 from down in New Zealand where the sun shine... Read more >

  • Didcot Power Station: Greenpeace occupation ends!

    Blogpost by Dave - 3 November, 2006 at 20:36

    From the top of the Didcot tower

    © Greenpeace/Kate Davison

    Twenty-five of our climate campaigners were arrested at 5.30pm, after spending two days occupying Didcot, Britain's dirtiest power station, succesfully cutting Co2 emissions by stopping coal fro... Read more >

  • Icelandic tourist troubles

    Blogpost by Andrew - 2 November, 2006 at 18:10 2 comments

    Apparently, the tourists are starting to be turned off by Iceland's commercial whaling. As the London Times reports, this comes as no surprise to Iceland's whale watching operators: Read more >

    Dozens have cancelled their holidays in the past fortnight but the re...
  • The melting Trift Glacier, Switzerland

    Blogpost by Dave - 2 November, 2006 at 17:53

    Trift Glacier, Gadmental, Berner, Oberland Switzerland. Composite image of 3 pictures showing glacier retreat from 1948 to 2006. From left to right: 1948, 2002, 2006

    Greenpeace activists sunbath on the glacier of the Marmolada mountain in the Dolomites... Read more >

  • Activists occupying smoke stack at Didcot Power Station

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    It's a chilly morning in Oxfordshire - and it was even colder at 5:30 am, where some of my friends and colleagues shut down one of Britain's dirtiest power stations - in a bid to stop climate chaos.

    Thirty volunteers invaded the Didcot coal... Read more >

  • Breathing Oceans

    Blogpost by Dave - 1 November, 2006 at 18:14

    Every second breath you take comes from the oceans: Breathing Oceans » Read more >

  • How the truth comes out about Expo expulsion...

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - 1 November, 2006 at 11:13

    An illuminating set of comments in a previous thread here on Greenpeace's expulsion from Mac World pits three first-person accounts against the widely- distributed news that the "Real reason Greenpeace got kicked out" of MacExpo was uncivilized behavi... Read more >

  • Reflections on Green my Apple at MacExpo

    Blogpost by tom - 1 November, 2006 at 10:00

    Meeting an new friendAfter catching up on some sleep and digesting the reaction and comments online back in the office here's a look back on what I learned from our first venture in taking the Green my Apple message in to the real world and face to face with Mac fans.

    On t... Read more >

  • The Simpsons' Carl "Karl" Carlsson is Icelandic?

    Blogpost by Adele - 31 October, 2006 at 13:07

    Carl CarlssonIn even more from the slightly-irrelevant-Iceland-whaling news desk, the Iceland Review has excitedly revealed the shocking news that Homer Simpson's supervisor in Sector 7G of the Springfield Nuclear Powerplant is actually Icelandic (despite the cons... Read more >

  • Icelandic humour: You have to eat this yourselves, every last gram.

    Blogpost by Adele - 31 October, 2006 at 13:00

    Morgunbladid cartoonOver the weekend I was randomly and socially checking my email ...ok ok I was working... but then so was my Campaign Director, Mads, as was evidenced by a particularly amusing email in my inbox. Our Nordic Oceans Campaigner Frode Pleym has been immor... Read more >

  • Climate Change: It's not too late, according to the UK government

    Blogpost by Dave - 30 October, 2006 at 19:57

    In a UK review on climate change, British economist and government advisor Sir Nicholas Stern has said that "climate change represents the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen," but that there "is still time to avoid the worst impacts ... Read more >

  • Green my Apple returns to Mac Expo

    Blogpost by tom - 27 October, 2006 at 19:22 3 comments

    Despite being evicted yesterday from Mac Expo we returned today undeterred from our mission to spread the word for a Greener Apple and get Mac users involved to help change Apple for the better.

    Not being allowed inside meant we handed out our informat... Read more >

  • Remember, remember, the 4th of November. Will you be wandering around London on that day? Worried about climate change wreaking catastrophic planetary destruction? Terrified you might not be able to get tickets to the next Glastonbury music festiv... Read more >

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