Global Day of Action on climate change

Updates from around the world

Feature story - December 10, 2007
As negotiators from 190 governments complete the first of two weeks of discussions on climate change, in Bali, people around the world will be took to the streets for a Global Day of Action, to raise their voices about the need for urgent action to avert dangerous climate change.

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:

Thailand, Bangkok

[ 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'. ( Read more)

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. ( Read more)

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." ( Read more)

Finland, Helsinki

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 December 2007.

Luxembourg

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 message.

Hungary

Our protest, both inside and in front of, a economics conference angered a few people, but was well received by most attendees.

Russia, Moscow

[ 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 city.

Sweden, Stockholm

[ 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 biofuel.

India, Bangalore

Over a thousand Greenpeace India volunteers used placards to spell out messages in the stands at the first day of the India-Pakistan cricket match (watched by millions).

They made their messages match events on the field. For example, every time a batsman hit a four, they showed a message saying, 'climate change knows no boundaries.'

"I volunteered for this activity with Greenpeace because it's my world to save. I don't need to be a super hero and teaming up with others I will do what I can to collectively make a difference." said Shams, a student from 2nd year PU St. Joseph's College who held a letter placard with the message 'Climate Change is World Emergency'.

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