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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Big Climate Change Public Meeting Coming Up

I have recently had the following notice of a big public meeting in London in the run up to the December International Day of Action.

Campaign Against Climate Change

"How can we win the race against climate catastrophe ?"

A Public Meeting on Thursday November 8th, at 7.00pm

at the Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London.

With George Monbiot
Author, Journalist and Campaigner

John Sauven
Director of Greenpeace UK

Claire Fauset
from the Camp for Climate Action

and Phil Thornhill,
National Coordinator, Campaign against Climate Change

The Friends Meeting House is opposite Euston station, 173 Euston Road.


This year the arctic ice cap shrunk to just 60% of its normal size (the
average summer size for 1979-2000). We are seeing the first macro-impact of global warming.
Some have speculated that only a small temperature increase
(of a kind quite possible in the next ten years or so) could see the ice
disappear completely and very rapidly. That would leave open sea which
absorbs heat from the sun rather than reflect it back into the atmosphere as
ice does. The warmed waters would then transmit heat to the land causing
massive melting of permafrost, releasing huge quantities of CO2 and
methane, triggering a massive warming event that would render much of the
globe uninhabitable. This is just one of the terrifying "positive feedback"
scenarios that have been suggested as a possible result of continuing to
belch out greenhouse gases into the atmosphere the way we do now.

So what are we doing about it ?
Changing the light bulbs. Buying cars that use slightly less petrol. At most, reducing emissions by a few percentage points a year. Do we have a plan even remotely radical enough to stand any real chance of heading off disaster ? Where are the politicians conveying the true urgency of the situation ? Where is the solemn prime ministerial broadcast explaining that the nation and the world is in grave peril and we need to take extreme action ? What can we do in this situation to turn the politics around and get the scale and speed of action that we really need ?

George Monbiot in his recent book Heat has offered a radical blueprint for survival. But recently he has said that even that does not go far enough.

Come to this Public Meeting to find out what he is saying now, what the
Director of Britain's best known environmental pressure group has to say
about it, too, - and also the view from the activists who hit the headlines
with their Climate Camp at Heathrow, earlier this year.


And don't miss the

NATIONAL CLIMATE MARCH on SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th join people all around the world to demand that world leaders act now to prevent the catastrophe that threatens to engulf us all, on this GLOBAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION (see and

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