50 activists, including Greenpeace USA Executive Director John Passacantando, were arrested in front of the US State Department building in Washington DC for participating in a global warming protest.
Protester getting pulled away by the police at a global warming rally outside the U.S. State Department.
They were out in full force calling upon the US to sign the
Kyoto protocol, and to protest President Bush's diversion of
effort: a polluter's summit he called for representatives of the
European Union, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom,
Japan,Canada, India, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Russia,
Australia,Indonesia and South Africa.
What's the goal of this meeting? To persuade other countries
toundermine the United Nations negotiations and substitute real,
binding measures with voluntarypledges.
Greenpeace Executive Director John
Passacantando is arrested in front of the State Department
If George Bush was serious about solving global warming, he
wouldjoin with 175 other countries, and sign the Kyoto
The countries meeting in Washington accountfor over 90% of
emissions worldwide. Real action by those gathered inWashington
could deliver massive cuts in emissions under the KyotoProtocol.
But this would require binding, mandatory targets forindustrialized
countries, which the US rejects.
TheBig Emitters meeting is a distraction from the valuable
andconstructive work within the United Nations leading up to the
climatetalks in Bali, Indonesia. What the world needs is
a strengthened KyotoProtocol and a "little less conversation,
and a little more action."
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