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Activists Demand Action on Global Warming
By PHIL COUVRETTE
The Associated Press
Sunday, December 4, 2005; 6:56 AM
MONTREAL -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities
worldwide Saturday to demand urgent action on global warming as
delegates continued their work at an international climate change
conference to review and update the Kyoto Protocol.
Police said about 7,000 people marched in downtown Montreal _ some
dressed up as polar bears. Five environmental groups, including
Greenpeace and the Climate Crisis Coalition, delivered a petition
signed by 600,000 Americans to the U.S. consulate in Montreal urging
President Bush and Congress to help slow global warming.
"We're worried about climate change, about ways of life in the
Canadian Arctic disappearing," said Sarah Binder of Montreal's Urban
Organizers said 10,000 people marched through London, passing Prime
Minister Tony Blair's home on Downing Street, where they delivered a
letter demanding the government reaffirm its commitment to Kyoto with
legally binding targets on emissions reductions.
Chanting and blowing whistles, the marchers denounced Blair and Bush
for their perceived environmental failings. Some held banners
depicting Bush as "Wanted _ for crimes against the planet" and
advising "Ditch Blair, not Kyoto."
Canadian Inuit traveled to Montreal from the isolated Arctic north to
join the protest there. Indian leader Jose Kusugak told The
Associated Press that he brought along hunters, trappers and elders
to reassure them that people from the south were not indifferent to
"It was important to show there are a lot of people in the world who
care," he said.
Canada's Environment Minister Stephane Dion, who is presiding over
the 10-day U.N. Climate Change Conference in Montreal, also took part
in the march and said final negotiations next week involving some 120
environment ministers and other government leaders would be crucial
to improving the Kyoto agreement.
Bush has been widely criticized for pulling out of the treaty, which
binds industrialized nations to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The
United States _ which spews out nearly 25 percent of the world's
carbon emissions _ was the target of many demonstrators Saturday.
At a protest in Boston, speakers called on Massachusetts to join with
seven other Northeast states that are putting limits on carbon
dioxide emissions from power plants. Gov. Mitt Romney has not signed
on because he is concerned that the pact could mean increased utility
The agreenent's benefits are numerous, said Marc Breslow, director of
Massachusetts Climate Action Network, who estimated that about 60
people rallied at Cathedral of St. Paul, an Episcopal church at the
foot of Beacon Hill.
"We won't lose our beaches," he said. "We won't lose our oak trees.
We won't have more-intense storms."
Protests were expected in 32 countries, including Canada, the United
States, Japan, Germany, France, Bangladesh, Brazil, Australia and
In Washington, drivers of hybrid cars planned to rally around the
White House. In New Orleans, residents intended to hold a "Save New
Orleans, Stop Global Warming" party in the French Quarter.
On the Net:
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change: http://www.unfccc.int
Global March for the Climate: http://www.3dec2005.org/-en-
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