Mass rallies focus on Bali talks

Mass demonstrations are taking place across the UK and worldwide to coincide with UN climate change talks in Bali.

Mass rallies focus on Bali talks
Parallel eco-marches are planned in 50 cities globally, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast.

A march in London will deliver a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown calling for strong UK climate change law.

The rallies come midway through the summit which is considering how to cut greenhouse gas emissions after current Kyoto Protocol targets expire in 2012.

Thousands of delegates from almost 200 nations are attending the two-week UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on the Indonesian island of Bali.
They are seeking progress towards a "Kyoto II" deal - a new global climate treaty. Talks will also focus on how to help poor nations cope in a warming world.

UK campaigners are urging ministers to agree a "clear roadmap" for a global low carbon economy.

Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper said: "It is essential our politicians show the leadership required and ensure that the climate talks in Bali speed the world towards a low-carbon future and ensure the long-term security of generations to come."

He called for a strong climate change law that cuts UK emissions by 3% a year and includes emissions from international aviation and shipping, as well as annual milestones.


Indonesian environment minister, Rachmat Witoelar, who is president of the conference, said he hoped the United States, which did not sign the 1997 Kyoto accord, would be brought on board.

Australia's trade minister, Simon Crean, has warned that both rich and poor nations must commit to slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

He said Australia would not sign any binding commitments until it has the results next year of a climate change report commissioned by new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Mr Rudd signed papers leading to the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol as soon as he took office, reversing the policy of the previous conservative government.

The US opposes Kyoto because it does not include major polluters like China and India.

It is expected to resist pressure to agree binding emission targets, despite hopes among developing countries that emission cuts of 25-40% by 2020 for industrialised countries would be included in a final agreement when the conference ends.

The figures were agreed upon earlier this year by industrialised nations that signed the Kyoto Protocol.

It commits three dozen industrialized countries to cut their greenhouse gases an average of 5% below 1990 levels between next year and 2012, when it expires.


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