Saturday, 5 December 2009

The Wave

Maureen from Sheffield Friends of the Earth joined The Wave - the UK's biggest ever march for action on climate change.



The Wave of over 50,000 people dressed in blue started in central London at 12 noon before moving towards Westminster via Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street. The climax was at 3pm when Big Ben chimed and a wave of blue encircled parliament.

The Wave came just before the important international climate talks in Copenhagen
where World leaders failed to deliver.
The accord recognises the need to limit global temperature to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels but doesn’t set any timetable for emissions to peak.  It promises to deliver $30bn of aid for developing nations over the next three years and $100bn a year by 2020. There is no reference to a legally binding agreement.

Commenting on the outcome of the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, said: "This toothless declaration that the US is spinning as a success is a sham - this agreement won't stop a 2 degree rise in temperature, and as it stands condemns millions of the world's poorest people to hunger, suffering and loss of life as climate change accelerates”.