* Copenhagen: mass protests planned*

By Simon Butler
October 26, 2009

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in climate action
protests in the Danish capital of Copenhagen during the United
Nations-sponsored climate talks in December.

The biggest action will be a six-kilometre march under the slogan "People
First  Planet First". More than 115 organisations have endorsed the
protests, which will demand the richest countries "take the urgent and
resolute action needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of the
global climate".

It will take place on December 12, midway through the Copenhagen conference.
Organisers have called for the date to be a global day of protest.

The protest call to action says: "We demand that those industrialised
countries that have emitted most greenhouse gases take responsibility for
climate change mitigation by immediately reducing their own emissions while
investing in a clean energy revolution in the developing world.

"Developed countries must take their fair share of the responsibility in
paying for the adaptive measures that have to be taken, especially by
low-emitting countries with limited economic resources.

"Climate change will hit the poorest first, and hit them hardest. All those
who have the economic means to act therefore must do so urgently and

A range of other protest events are also planned to coincide with the
Copenhagen talks. Climate Justice Action, an international activist network,
announced it will organise a mass action to shut down Copenhagen Harbour on
December 13.

Spokesperson Tadzio Mueller said: "The UN climate talks will not solve the
climate crisis. We are no closer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions than
we were when international negotiations began 15 years ago: emissions are
rising faster than ever, while carbon trading allows climate criminals to
pollute and profit."

The network will also organise a People's Climate Justice summit on December

In an October 18 statement, Climate Justice Action said it opposed the
false, market-based solutions that are likely to come out of Copenhagen.

Instead, it called for a safe climate policy that includes: leaving fossil
fuels in the ground; reasserting peoples' and community control over
production; and recognising the ecological and climate debt owed to the
peoples of the global South and making reparations.

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