Climate change protest inside Parliament – Falkland statue targeted

April 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

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Four people have glued themselves to a statue close to the chamber of the House of Commons.

The BBC reports that they are environmental activists protesting against last week’s announcement that a new generation of coal-fired power stations will go ahead.

A man and three women glued their hands together and formed a chain around a statue of Viscount Falkland.

100 years ago to the day women demanding the right to vote chained themselves to statues in St Stephen’s Hall – one, Margery Humes chained herself to the statue of Viscount Falkland. The statue was damaged when police removed her.

The BBC said today’s protesters are from a group called Climate Rush. It claims to be supported by MPs Susan Kramer and John McDonnell.

“Climate Rush is inspired by the actions of the Suffragettes 100 years ago, who showed that peaceful civil disobedience could inspire positive change,” the group said on their website.

“We are a diverse group of women and men who are determined to raise awareness of the biggest threat facing humanity today – that of Climate Change. Our government acknowledges the huge problems we face from Climate Change, but carries on with business as usual. We demand DEEDS NOT WORDS because individual choice alone cannot curb CO2 emissions if we are to stop runaway global warming.”

photo: parliament.uk

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