50 activists, Greenpeace USA chief, arrested in global warming protest

Feature story - 27 September, 2007
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

Join Kyoto

If George Bush was serious about solving global warming,  he wouldjoin with 175 other countries, and sign the Kyoto Protocol.

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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