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Indian climate campaigners demand real deal in Copenhagen

Dec 15, 2009

India joined millions across the world on December 12, the global day of climate action, as thousands of activists, artists and youth took to the streets in the capital to demand a fair and legally binding climate treaty.

New Delhi: In response to the uncertainty in the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, citizens stepped out onto the street to voice their demand for a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty to avert catastrophic climate change. The colorful and noisy citizens march included civil society groups, artists, and youngsters from schools and colleges who joined to “Bajao” for the Global Day of Action.dellhi-insight.jpg

Radha Behn, veteran Gandhian, flagged off the 6 km rally from Rajghat to Parliament Street. She said, “The time for everyone to act is now - especially the leadership.”

Indians joined millions of people across the world on this historic occasion. People played musical instruments, sang, and beat on plates and drums, to indicate that people aren’t going to accept anything short of a real deal as an outcome of the Copenhagen talks.

“Millions of people in India are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Our monsoons are being hit, and so are our glaciers receding rapidly. We cannot squander this opportunity to avert runaway climate change. Our message to the 120-odd Heads of State who arrive next week in Copenhagen is loud and clear: The time to change the future is now,” said Naveen Mishra from Global Climate Campaign.

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Vipin from the Beghar Foundation said, “It is clear that the citizens of India will no longer be silent spectators while world leaders decide the fate of our planet. We want them to take action now and not later.”

As part of the Global Day of Action, Greenpeace organised simultaneous protests in more than 15 cities across India. As a highpoint of the march they unfurled a 700 metre long banner with messages from citizens across the country from Kochin to Kashmir.

The banner will become part of the ‘sign a real deal’ wall at the Climate Satyagraha Camp at the Constitution Club from December 13 onwards.

Actions around the Copenhagen talks are being organised by the Climate Satyagraha Camp, a civil society coalition formed to give Indian voice to the Climate Summit taking place in Copenhagen.

Source : Green Idol
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