London climate change rally - world leaders must wake up to threat

As international climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, reach their halfway point tomorrow, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins will address a climate rally outside Parliament to call for urgent action to slash climate-changing emissions at home and abroad.

Saturday's rally, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, follows a zero-carbon march from Hyde Park to Parliament.

Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said: "The alarm bells are ringing loudly, we must wake up to the threat of global climate change and take urgent action to tackle it.

"Wealthy nations have done most to create this crisis - they must now lead us out of it.

"This means slashing their emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020, without carbon offsetting, and providing enough money to enable poorer countries develop cleanly.

"And David Cameron must meet his pledge to run the greenest government ever - greening our energy supplies and insulating our homes will create tens of thousands of new UK jobs, cut emissions and create a prosperous, low-carbon future."

Phil Thornhill from the Campaign against Climate Change added: "Gridlock in the international negotiations does not stop the slide towards climate catastrophe gathering deadly pace - as we have begun to witness this year in flood-stricken Pakistan, drought-hit Russia and other places.

"It makes it all the more crucial that we transform the politics behind that impasse - and we can start at home."

Source: Friends of the Earth

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