Climate change protest at Palace

Halstead Gazette: Protesters from the Climate Siren group hanging a banner from the gates of Buckingham Palace, London (Climate Siren/PA) Protesters from the Climate Siren group hanging a banner from the gates of Buckingham Palace, London (Climate Siren/PA)

A group of climate change activists have scaled the gates of Buckingham Palace and secured themselves to the railings.

Four protesters from the Climate Siren group locked themselves to the south centre gate just after 2pm, wearing t-shirts bearing the words "climate emergency. 10% annual emission cuts" and wielding megaphones.

Two of them held a banner carrying a quote from the Prince of Wales reading: "The doomsday clock of climate change is ticking ever faster towards midnight. We are simply not reacting quickly enough."

Other activists wearing t-shirts and carrying banners with the same message were also on the scene. The group said they were calling on the Queen to follow her son's example in speaking out about "the escalating threat of catastrophic climate change".

The protest came the day after the Rio+20 global conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to a close. The group described their actions as "an act of civil disobedience designed to demand urgent, concerted and meaningful action to tackle the unprecedented national and global emergency presented by the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate and timed for the day after the end of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil."

They said they had vowed to protest against "the failure of the conference to achieve any meaningful results".

In an open letter to the Queen posted on their website, Climate Siren said their protest was to demand "a fundamental upscaling of our national effort to confront the emergency presented by catastrophic destabilisation of global climate".

A hundred or so bystanders stood and watched the protest. Activist Siobhan Grimes, 24, from Bethnal Green in east London, who was among those at the scene, said: "Our politicians aren't doing enough. We're hoping to inspire people to wake up to the consequences of catastrophic climate change."

Police sent a cherry-picker to start removing the protesters from the gate just before 6.30pm.

The activists chained to the gate were said to be Fiona Brooks, 23, Cyril Zeldine, 33, teacher Peter Coville, 45, and Phil Thornhill, all from London.

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4:13pm Sat 23 Jun 12

theavengers says...

What a load of rubbish. These hippie types need to get real instead of thinking they can force price hikes on working families on modest incomes by blabbering unscientific gibber. Do any of them ever travel? Do they eat? Breathe air? Use up space on planet earth? I'm all for keeping things clean but we need to use resources. Mother nature changes over thousands of years naturally and people who think they can control that are egotists. Until places like China, India, and South America clean up there is really no need for little Britian and America to feel bad about anything. Doomsday isn't coming, every generation wants something to feel like they can worry about, and in reality things aren't that bad. The world won't end soon and pigs aren't flying.
What a load of rubbish. These hippie types need to get real instead of thinking they can force price hikes on working families on modest incomes by blabbering unscientific gibber. Do any of them ever travel? Do they eat? Breathe air? Use up space on planet earth? I'm all for keeping things clean but we need to use resources. Mother nature changes over thousands of years naturally and people who think they can control that are egotists. Until places like China, India, and South America clean up there is really no need for little Britian and America to feel bad about anything. Doomsday isn't coming, every generation wants something to feel like they can worry about, and in reality things aren't that bad. The world won't end soon and pigs aren't flying. theavengers
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5:36pm Sat 23 Jun 12

SpiffSpaff84 says...

Climate change is a natural occurance, theres nothing we could do about it. Even if there was, our country only produces 2% of the world's co2 anyway so what do they expect us to do? Why dont they go to china and chain themselves to the gates of the big factories pumping out fumes 24/7?
Climate change is a natural occurance, theres nothing we could do about it. Even if there was, our country only produces 2% of the world's co2 anyway so what do they expect us to do? Why dont they go to china and chain themselves to the gates of the big factories pumping out fumes 24/7? SpiffSpaff84
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5:38pm Sat 23 Jun 12

SpiffSpaff84 says...

Climate change is a natural occurance, theres nothing we could do about it. Even if there was, our country only produces 2% of the world's co2 anyway so what do they expect us to do? Why dont they go to china and chain themselves to the gates of the big factories pumping out fumes 24/7?
Climate change is a natural occurance, theres nothing we could do about it. Even if there was, our country only produces 2% of the world's co2 anyway so what do they expect us to do? Why dont they go to china and chain themselves to the gates of the big factories pumping out fumes 24/7? SpiffSpaff84
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