EYEWITNESS: Climate Camp Protesters head towards London
I saw a group of climate camp activists at a peaceful 'Climate Camp protest' in Bishopsgate Street, in the City of London this morning and only two police officers were seen, and they were behaving well (but I kept my camera ready). I took a photo of the scene.
"Last April, with the G20 in town, we pitched tents at the heart of carbon business – the European Climate Exchange. Carbon trading is the main way in which wealthy industrialized countries and companies are avoiding their emissions reduction targets – by trading carbon credits amongst themselves, either between countries, as happens under the Kyoto Protocol, or between companies, as happens under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Essentially, it’s the way that industry can continue as usual, while encouraging the poor and disadvantaged to sell their rights to pollute – and many of the bankers, corporations and politicians who are dictating these false solutions are here in London".
Protesters also swooped from all over London to Blackheath, a rallying point for popular resistance since the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. They will set up their tents there where in 1381, preacher John Ball gave what was probably the country’s first speech against class oppression. Climate Camp Action takes place from 27 August to 2 September (www.climatecamp.org.uk).