Greenpeace activists clamber on to Houses of Parliament in climate change protest


Blackleaf
#1
Members of Greenpeace can be annoying sometimes.

The do-gooders think nothing of lecturing the world about the "evil" of non-existant man-made global warming, yet think it's okay to climb onto private property to cause trouble and sometimes vandalism.

Around 30 members of the organisation today climbed the Houses of Parliament and unfurled banners which read 'Change the politics, save the climate.'

The Greenpeace director general said they plan 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 to a 12-point manifesto.

Greenpeace activists clamber on to Houses of Parliament in climate change protest

By Daily Mail Reporter
11th October 2009
Daily Mail


Greenpeace activists climbed onto the roof of the Houses of Parliament today, unfurling banners which read: 'Change the politics, save the climate.'

At least 30 environmental campaigners occupied the roof of the building in the shadow of the clock tower.

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.'

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The Greenpeace activists clambered on to the roof of the Houses of Parliament and unfurled banners

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The protesters showed their banners to the bemused tourists below

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A giant banner was waved from a turret and 15 smaller flags were unfurled by activists

A police helicopter circled overhead in the drizzle and bemused tourists looked on.

After a while police cleared the pavement directly in front of parliament on St Margaret Street and a fire engine arrived at the scene and entered the grounds of parliament.

Mr Sauven said: 'The idea behind this 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 didn't spend one word talking about it and Alistair Darling 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 the political parties have got to get on message not just in terms of their words but also with their deeds.'

He said that activists plan 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 to a 12-point manifesto.

'Parliament is opening tomorrow and there is an election looming so this is a golden opportunity for the political parties to really think about the future and what future generations will face.'

There appears to be little police presence around the building, where tourists gathered to take photos of the unusual sight.

More than 15 yellow banners were unfurled and one activist waved a giant flag from a turret.


The protesters insisted they were trained in safety measures from their precarious-looking perch


The group say they are in place to welcome MPs back from their summer break

Five of the protesters were perched on the highest section of the roof.

Among them was activist Anna Jones, 28, from Headingley in Leeds, who straddled the apex.

Speaking by mobile telephone, she said: 'We've got dozens of activists here. We came down the main walkway and over the wall before getting ladders up against the side of the building.

'We are all well trained in safety, which is paramount for Greenpeace, and the safety of the world is also paramount, so that's what we're here for.

'We are here to welcome the MPs back tomorrow from their long summer break.

'We are here to remind them that they simply haven't done enough to stop climate change and we need to see some action at home.'

She said the upcoming gathering of global leaders in Copenhagen was the ideal opportunity for ministers to address the problem of climate change.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were at the scene talking to the activists - but no arrests had been made yet.

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L Gilbert
#2
Dingbats. They do little to promote responsible behavior towards our planet.