Taking action ... Christian Aid vs UK Government on 'climate justice'

Protesters: Christian Aid Target: UK Government Location: Westminster, London Date: 30 September

Christian Aid: protest
Christian Aid: protest

 

The lowdown

Christian Aid staged a 'Mass Visual Trespass' last week to demand climate justice at the forthcoming UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. Images of Christian Aid supporters - including actress Greta Scacchi calling on the international community to agree a fair climate deal at Copenhagen - were beamed on to the Houses of Parliament. There were also messages urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President Barack Obama to lead the fight for climate justice at the summit.

Why the protest?

Christian Aid's head of campaigns Paul Brannen said: 'We chose Parliament as we want politicians to understand the very real nature of the crisis that is developing, and act accordingly. It is rich industrialised countries like the UK that are historically responsible for causing climate change. They must now demonstrate a new kind of leadership in dealing with the consequences.'

How did the media cover it?

This latest protest was largely ignored by the mainstream media but was covered in Christian press including Ekklesia and Christian Today, and in some of the environment titles. Environmental Data Interactive said Christian Aid had copied the naked Gail Porter stunt at the Houses of Parliament: 'The stunt mirrored a similar action when a men's magazine projected naked images of TV presenter Gail Porter on Parliament in the late 90s as a promotional stunt.'

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