rally east end Princes Street
Mark Ballard MSP - Green Party - talks about a very hot life as a dinosaur !
Bush gets eaten by a dinosaur
walk to the US consulate - demo from behind
at the US consulate
dancing and singing dinosaur
The Kyoto March is an annual event that enables people to get together and onto the streets to sound the alarm about the accelerating deterioration of the global environment and in particular the huge threat posed by the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate. It is a chance to make a stand against those with the greatest power who are most to blame: currently George W Bush and his backers in the US fossil fuel industry, who sabotaged the world's efforts to deal with global climate change by rejecting the Kyoto treaty 3 years ago. Our event marks the anniversary of that greatest of environmental crimes.
Even Tony Blair has admitted that there is "no bigger long-term question facing the global community than the threat of climate change", though his actions have not reflected these fine words.
The Kyoto Treaty is a first step towards reining in global emissions of carbon dioxide, obligating countries to reduce their carbon emissions to 1990 levels. Kyoto has been ratified by 121 nations, but to take effect, it must be ratified by nations that account for 55% of developing countries’ carbon dioxide emissions. The USA, the world’s biggest CO2 polluter (at 36% of worldwide emissions), refused to sign up in 2001 (it's 'too expensive'!). Current signatories account for only 44% of emissions, and only Russian ratification can now make the treaty binding (if the US continues to refute it). One advisor to President Putin, Illarionov, is pressuring the Government to reject Kyoto, the Russian Foreign Ministry has the final say on May 20th. In a world in which the sole superpower refuses to accept or address climate change as the single largest risk facing our planet's future, Russia needs to fill the environmental leadership gap.
Dress code theme (if you fancy it!): Dinosaurs (to demonstrate Bush as fossil fool and humans as endangered species if we continue with current rates of environmental destruction), extinct /threatened species, Oil/Coal industry Dinosaurs, Bush/Cheney Dinosaurs, or of course just identify yourself as a member of a threatened species! Plus anything that shows Bush, Uncle Sam, Exxon fat-cats etc ...as climate/environmental villains.