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Friday, December 07, 2007

Turn Up The Heat!

This weekend gives a great opportunity to publicly manifest concern over climate change and apply pressure on the governments who are dragging their feet over action. The need for action becomes clearer and clearer.

Yesterday the WWF claimed that a vicious cycle of climate change and deforestation could lead to severe damage or destruction in 60% of the Amazon rainforest.
Rainforest destruction is a clear example of where action by the richer nations could make a difference if enough pressure can be applied to force it-

Strategies to halt deforestation in the Amazon include minimizing the negative impacts from cattle ranching and infrastructure projects to rapidly expanding the existing network of protected areas.

“We can still stop the destruction of the Amazon, but we need the support of the rich countries,” says Karen Suassuna, a climate change analyst at WWF-Brazil. “Our success in protecting the Amazon depends on how fast rich countries reduce their climate damaging emissions to slow down global warming.”

The London Climate March on Saturday 8th December gathers at Millbank at 12 noon for a march to a rally at the US embassy at 2.30pm. Green MEP Caroline Lucas will be speaking.
In Scotland there is a demo in Glasgow (Meet at the "Ski jump" ramps - nearest Subway, West Street - at 12.30 or join the march at George Square at 2pm.
In Belfast there is a gathering at St Annes on Donegall St at 1.30 - take drums whistles or noise makers. Don't let the weather put you off - remember that increasingly severe weather is part of what this is all about!

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