A flotilla of fishing boats greet the Greenpeace SV Rainbow Warrior flagship as she sails into Bali Indonesia today 7 December 2007. The flotilla is calling on people all over the world to take part in tomorrow's global day of action on climate change.
Greenpeace volunteers in 19 countries joined or led a variety of
protests, demonstrations and outreach events to ensure that
Ministers who arrive in Bali, Indonesia for the final week of
negotiations agree on a strong plan to tackle climate change.
'"There is only one week to go to agree on a mandate to
negotiate a stronger Kyoto Protocol, with deep emissions reductions
for developed countries, plus an agreement to tackle
deforestation," said Gavin Edwards, head of the climate campaign,
from Bali. "A loud and clear message from capital cities around the
world will be pivotal in keeping the pressure up on governments to
not leave Bali empty-handed".
Updates from protests around the world:
[ photo by Vinai Dithajohn ]
Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Thailand joined the Global Day of
Climate Action by releasing the new edition of "
Save the Climate Handbook" with a forward from Dr. Sumet
Tantivechakul, Thailand's renowned scientist about how sustainable
economy can reduce global warming at Chatuchak weekend market, one
of the world's biggest weekend markets. The activity also had a
solar bar and Climate Clinic demonstrating the use of solar energy
and where people could calculate their carbon dioxide emissions.
There was also a music performance by Ionian band. Moreover, people
could write their messages to be delivered to the UN Climate Change
Conference in Bali.
New Zealand, Auckland
[ photo by Dean ]
As part of the Be The Change coalition, we held a 'Climate
Rescue Carnival'. there was food, drinks, music, info,
face-painting, and a biodiesel powered bouncy-castle for the kids.
Over 500 people formed a human banner spelling out 'Climate SOS'.
Philippines, Quezon City
[ photo by Luis Liwanag ]
Hundreds of students, bikers, runners, volunteers, and
supporters took part in a Renewable Energy Parade. They called
call for the immediate passage of the Renewable Energy Bill in the
Philippines as a means of catalyzing a massive shift away from the
use of climate change-inducing fossil fuels. (
Czech Republic, Prunéřov
[ photo by Ibra Ibrahimovič ]
Yesterday, Greenpeace activists ended their occupation of a
thermal coal power plant. One of the climbers said, "This plant is
a symbol of how coal not only threatens the world's climate but
devastates the land and people's lives." (
Overa thousand Greenpeace India volunteers used placards to
spell outmessages in the stands at the first day of the
India-Pakistan cricketmatch (watched by millions).
They made their messages matchevents on the field. For example,
every time a batsman hit a four, theyshowed a message saying,
'climate change knows no boundaries.'
"Ivolunteered for this activity with Greenpeace because it's my
world tosave. I don't need to be a super hero and teaming up with
others I willdo what I can to collectively make a difference." said
Shams, a studentfrom 2nd year PU St. Joseph's College who held a
letter placard withthe message 'Climate Change is World
Greenpeace together with Finnish League for Nature Conservation
skied across the centre of Helsinki, calling for and end to
emissions to bring back the snow for the skiers. The fair lady of
Finland was hanging far behind the rest of the skiers, referring to
Finland being left behind in international climate commitments. The
happening was a part of international climate action day on 8th
In Turkey, protesters brought alarm clocks and set them all to
go off at noon as a wake up call on global warming.
Yesterday, in the centre of Luxembourg City, our activists
installed a 9 x 6 meter flag "Change" (the logo of Greenpeace
Luxembourg's green power campaign) above the flag of the "blue
deer". The "blue deer" is the symbol of Luxembourg, the European
capital of culture 2007.
While the culture year ends today, the age of energy revolution
starts. The Greenpeace flag will remain on top of the flagpole
until Sunday, so thousands of people coming to Luxembourg City to
celebrate the closing party activities of the culture year will see
Our protest, both inside and in front of, a economics conference
angered a few people, but was well received by most attendees.
[ photo by Igor Podgorny ]
Yesterday, Greenpeace Russia activists hang a banner over the
Moskva River with the Kremlin as a backdrop. Russia ranks third in
the world in terms of emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Mexico, Mexico City
[ photo by Gustavo Graf ]
Greenpeace Mexico participated with a trajinera, a typical
Mexican boat, going to Kyoto Plus and asking for the climate to be
saved. The message of the banner says: 2° = GLOBAL DANGER.
China, Hong Kong
[ photo by Alex Hofford ]
A HK power plant, announced its own climate change policy on Dec
7. So we did an action before their announcement. We suspended a
banner writing "Climate Change Starts Here" at the 30-m tall ash
silos outside the plant. The aim is to push the Hong Kong
government to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants and shoulder
the responsibility of combating climate change as an international
[ photo by Johanna Hanno ]
Over a thousand people joined the demonstration. Bad weather but
good spirits. Some people were dressed up as animals: a polar bear
and a homeless orangutan sitting at a bus stop. We had a rickshaw
where people could hop in, go online and
create their own monkey to our virtual monkey mountain - in
order to help get rid the Swedish subsidies for palm oil as a
People had to brave heavy rain and railway strikes but despite
this around 4000 people turned up for to call for ambitious targets
to tackle climate change.
[ photo by Jeffrey Sauger ]
Protests happened across the USA urging leaders to take real
action on climate change. In this picture, activists in Kalamazoo
form the outline of the state of Michigan to call for action by
Representative Fred Upton. (More
[ photo by Santiago Engelhardt ]
Thousands protested across the country, including at one of
Europe's largest coal plants (near Düsseldorf). Millions of people
also turned their lights off for five minutes at 8:00 pm - saving
roughly 1,000 megawatts of electricity, which means about 25
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