Greenpeace activists have turned to Beijing’s historic Yongding gate to call on the government for immediate action on climate change. Activists turned one of Beijing's ancient city gates into a gigantic countdown clock marking the time left till the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Greenpeace is calling on Chinese President Hu Jintao to personally attend the Copenhagen Climate Summit and work with world leaders to come up with a binding treaty to fight climate change.

The action has started a buzz, with mentions popping up online shortly after the action started.

AP has an article with a small photo and quotes from our climate campaigner, Li Yan.

Greenpeace China is calling on Chinese President Hu Jintao to attend December's climate change conference in Copenhagen.

As the world's most populous developing nation and, by some estimates, its biggest producer of greenhouse gasses, China is obliged to take a major role in the talks, said climate change specialist Li Yan of Greenpeace's Chinese branch.

"Copenhagen is the best, maybe the last, chance to avoid catastrophe," Li said Monday at the launch of a clock counting down to the start of the Dec. 7-18 U.N. Climate Change Conference.

China says developed countries bear most of the responsibility for stemming climate change.

Li said surveys taken in Chinese cities show a willingness to absorb higher electricity prices to promote sustainable power generation.

Photo © Su Li/ Greenpeace