A Guide to Climate Change Groups Protesting at the G-20 Summit
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The political leaders of the world are coming to London this week for an economic summit and climate change is high on the list of topics to be discussed. Protest groups have been organising and preparing a huge show of strength to make politicians understand the importance of the cause.
All this week there were will be demonstrations by a range of groups, from the church and unions to anarchists in an armed tank. On Saturday the Put People First coalition held a massive protest with 35,000 people. It's an alliance of more than 160 unions, development, faith and environmental groups.
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Why Are They Protesting?
The groups are protesting to alert the G-20 group about their concerns. It is the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 economies: 19 of the world's 25 largest national economies, plus the European Union (EU). Collectively, the G-20 economies comprise 90% of global gross national product, 80% of world trade (including EU intra-trade) and two-thirds of the world population.
Here is a guide to the other groups which will be coming out to demonstrate this week.
April Fools Day Activities
On Wednesday, "Financial Fools Day", the group G20 Meltdown will be holding a march leaving from four places with crowds following the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" to a square in the financial district. Organised by radical artists and academics, this should be a wildly imaginative and quintessentially English day, with tea and mayhem served.
Image from Climate Camp
At the same time, the Climate Camp will be setting up for a 24 hour sit-in complete with tents, somewhere in the financial district. Their rallying call: "At a time of climate crisis their (the government's) response to the market meltdown is emergency loans to car manufacturers, increased spending to encourage consumption, and bailouts for the very people who got us into this mess - just the thing that will make the climate crisis worse."
People and Planet will be holding a Fossil Fuels Day, linking the banks' financial power and disastrous climate impacts. They will be targeting the Royal Bank of Scotland-NatWest bank, exposing "the bank’s foolish involvement in fossil fuel projects, and calling for a just transition to renewable and sustainable energy sources."
Image from Rising Tide
Rising Tide is a network of independent groups committed to building a movement against climate change. Calling on people to "pull a prank that packs a punch", they will be dressing in white and bring a giant iceberg outside the centre where the politicians are meeting
Thursday, April 2, at the G-20 Meeting
Various groups are expected to march on the hotels where the G20 delegations are staying and Stop the War protesters are meeting near the ExCel centre where the G20 meetings are taking place.
For live coverage during the week from Adam Vaughan at the Guardian, click here. Guardian
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