London: At least 55 environmental
campaigners, including an Indian, climbed on to the roof of
the British Parliament, demanding action from the UK and other
developed countries to save climate.
Brikesh Singh, a representative from Greenpeace India,
and other campaigners occupied the roof of the building in the
shadow of the clock tower yesterday.
Singh said that 20 campaigners, including himself, went
up to the roof top to demand that developed countries show
leadership to tackle climate change.
"I came here to join this protest because the actions of
the UK government have huge significance for the people of
India," he told a news agency.
"Unless the developed nations shoulder their
responsibilities and make the necessary commitments to cut
emissions, the developing world will never join the process.
Our government wants a deal at Copenhagen (climate meet in
December), but climate change was caused by the industrialised
nations, and they need to show leadership in solving it."
Singh, 30, said climate change is a global issue and
needs global action to be resolved.
He said the UK Government could set an example to the
world and take steps they knew are necessary and that could go
a long way to breaking the deadlock in the international
negotiations. "I urge all UK politicians to sign up to
Greenpeace`s manifesto, for the sake of the people of Britain,
India and the world."
Greenpeace Executive Director John Sauven said: "We`ve
got to raise the temperature of the debate because we are
really running out of time. We are at a minute to midnight and
there is so little time left but so much to do."
A giant banner was waved from a turret and 15 smaller
flags were unfurled by activists even as a police helicopter
circled overhead in the drizzle.
Sauven said the activists planned to stay on the roof
surrounding Westminster Hall overnight and in the morning MPs
arriving for the start of Parliament would be asked to sign up
a 12-point manifesto.
As the protesters occupied Parliament`s roof, police
cleared the pavement directly in front of the building on St
Margaret Street and a fire engine entered its grounds.
Sauven said the idea behind campaign "is that we`ve been
through three-party political conferences but when you look at
what needs to happen in terms of building a low carbon
economy, creating green jobs and helping to save the world
from climate change, the fact is that George Osborne, Shadow
Chancellor, didn`t spend one word talking about it and
Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, spent just one sentence.
"This should be at the core of what they are talking
about. If we want to get people back to work and fill new
industries that can be competitive and solve the problems of
climate change, political parties have got to get on message
not just in terms of their words but also with their deeds."
Greenpeace UK said in 56 days the world would gather for
the key climate change conference in Copenhagen but as things
stand "there is a very real risk of failure."