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Time to Act

June 22nd, 2005

On 8th July activists, students, religious groups, and concerned citizens around the world will be taking action against the root causes of climate change. It will be the last day of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, and a key opportunity to create a wide-reaching shift in climate change and energy policy worldwide.

The Bush administration is now completely isolated on climate change. A poll that came out yesterday showed 83% support in the UK for Blair confronting Bush head on on climate, and the same day the Royal Society — one of the most respected scientific institutions in Europe — gave damning criticism of the Bush administration’s refusal to budge on energy and climate change policy:

A communiqué that does anything other than clearly accept the strength of the scientific evidence that greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change, and offers a firm commitment to long-term substantial cuts in those emissions, will be regarded as a failure by the scientific community and a missed opportunity of historic proportions. — Stephen Cox, executive secretary of the Royal Society

This is not some group of eco-hippies.

The international pressure on Blair, as current chair of the G8, is growing, and we have to use this momentum to drive a political wedge between Bush and Blair, isolate the U.S. administration even further, to such an extent that the U.S. public and mainstream media wake up and stop buying the ‘uncertainty’ and denial rubbish the Bush administration keeps pumping out.

What are you doing on 8th July? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the debate on climate change is over. It is time to act.

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