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Enough fiddling while the planet burns!

Mass protests are planned in 45 countries on the eve of the next round of UN talks on climate change. The meeting, which starts in Nairobi on 6 November, is the latest in a series of painfully slow-moving and increasingly compromised international negotiations on collective action to stem global warming. Time, and patience, is rapidly running out, and this summer saw climate campaigning shift up a couple of gears. A week-long ‘Camp for Climate Action’ near Leeds climaxed in an audacious and headline-grabbing attempt by activists to shut down the UK’s largest coal-fuelled power station. The US saw several protests, including a five-day march of hundreds of people, who walked 50 miles through Vermont to meet and lobby their political representatives. On 4 November hundreds of thousands will mobilize for a global day of action to demand that world leaders take ‘the urgent and resolute action we need to prevent the catastrophic destabilization of the global climate’. Kenyan NGOs are organizing an international demo on 11 November, the Saturday midway through the talks. Get involved with what’s happening in your country at .

New Internationalist issue 395 magazine cover This article is from the November 2006 issue of New Internationalist.
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