Taking Action ... Stop Climate Chaos Coalition vs UK Government

Protesters: Stop Climate Chaos Coalition Target: UK Government Location: London Date: 5 December

The Wave: climate change protest
The Wave: climate change protest

 

The lowdown

Climate change protesters marched through London on Saturday to demand action on global warming. The protest was organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, which counts Oxfam, ActionAid, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace as members. A second protest took place in Glasgow.

Why the protest?

The march took place on the eve of the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen. The protesters wanted to put pressure on the UK Government to show leadership and secure a fair international deal at the conference to stop global warming.

How did the Government respond?

The Prime Minister posted a video response on Number10tv saying: 'We will only get an ambitious climate change deal at Copenhagen if governments feel the pressure of their public calling on them to make ambitious commitments.' He invited 24 protesters to 10 Downing Street to hear their demands.

How did the media cover it?

The protest was covered by broadcast (Sky, BBC, Channel 4) and print media. BBCNews.co.uk said the police did not contradict claims that the number of protesters was more than 40,000. The Guardian said the protest was 'Britain's biggest action on climate change' and set up an image gallery on its website.

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