A PROTEST march lasting 11 weeks, from Northern Ireland to Downing Street, starts this Saturday to urge the Government to legislate more effectively on climate change.
The Cut the Carbon march has been organised by Christian Aid. It involves a 1000-mile trek across the UK. Supporters are being encouraged to contribute to a “shoelace petition”. In return for their laces, supporters will be sent special “Cut the Carbon” shoelaces.
Walkers from various countries will encourage members of the public to reduce their carbon footprint. They hope to present the 1000-mile long “shoelace petition” to the Prime Minister, with a written petition calling for a law to make UK companies declare their carbon-dioxide emissions. They are also calling for a new UN climate agreement to be negotiated at the Bali conference in December 2007.
The head of campaigns at Christian Aid, Paul Brannen, said: “Climate change is the most serious threat to humanity. Poor people in the least-developed countries are already dying as a result of floods, droughts and conflict.
“They need our help to tackle climate change by reducing emissions, through individual action, and by putting pressure on the UK Government.”
The campaigning group Animal Aid said this week that it will be at each of the Christian Aid rallies with banners reading “Cut the Crap”.
The group said that a recent UN report showed that livestock farming contributes 18 per cent of all man-made greenhouse gases; and yet Christian Aid promotes gifts of farm animals to destitute communities.
Operation Noah, the Churches’ climate-change campaign, launched a new website at the Christian Ecology Link (CEL) conference “Storm of Hope” at the weekend. The campaign seeks to mobilise churches and supporters to put pressure on the Government to legislate to reduce carbon emissions.