Demonstrations across the globe mark Bali summit

A A A

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are expected to take part in a global protest today to highlight the effects of climate change.

Demonstrations have been called for in 86 countries to coincide with the international UN Climate Talks in Bali. Protesters will be demanding urgent action from world leaders to do more to prevent the destabilisation of the Earth's climate.

In Britain, mass demonstrations will take place in London and Glasgow and a number of direct action environmental groups are also expected to stage their own form of protests.

Organisers in London are expecting tens of thousands of people to join the march which will converge on the US embassy in Grosvenor Square in protest at the Bush administration's reluctance to sign up to key climate treaties.

With all eyes fixed on the international climate summit in Bali, environmental activists will be hoping for a high global turnout to pile pressure on the leaders of developed nations to embrace tougher reductions of carbon emissions and to do more to alleviate those countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The mass demonstration in London will begin at 12pm on Millbank, following a route via 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament before heading towards Trafalgar Square and the US embassy. A separate "cycle protest" will assemble at Lincoln's Inn Fields at 10am.

Speakers at the protest will include the Liberal Democrat leadership contender Chris Huhne, Caroline Lucas from the Green Party and the environmental campaigner George Monbiot.

The march in Glasgow will begin at 12.30pm at West Street Subway. There will also be workshops and debates designed to empower people into undertaking positive programmes for change and sustainable living solutions.

The protest organisers said they hoped "ten of thousands" of demonstrators would turn out for the march in London although there were concerns poor weather may stop people from coming on to the streets. Last year 20,000 protesters turned up to a similar march, but many campaigners have since expressed disappointment that attendance still remains in the low tens of thousands for a global issue while the anti-war marches in 2003 led to the largest protests Britain has seen.

Phil Thornhill from the Campaign against Climate Change said: "As the Arctic shrinks before our eyes and warnings from the scientists reach a deafening crescendo, still world leaders fail to take any effective action to head off looming catastrophe. As Greece and California burn, as Bangladeshis drown and Britain floods, alarm and anger around the world are beginning to mount, above all against the Bush administration ... and its calculating obstructionism at the international climate talks."

Yesterday, a group of female environmental activists demonstrated outside the Department of Transport, by attaching themselves to the ministry's doors using super-glue and bicycle locks.

Jane Fairbrook, a cycle store owner, who glued herself to the door, said: "We're doing this in solidarity with the women around the world who are already suffering the effects of climate chaos."

The Metropolitan Police last night said they had arrested seven women for either, or both, aggravated trespass and "staging an unauthorised demonstration in a designated SOCPA [Serious Organised Crime and Police Act] area".

Sport
sportSo, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Arts and Entertainment
Dennis speaks to his French teacher
tvThe Boy in the Dress, TV review
News
One father who couldn't get One Direction tickets for his daughters phoned in a fake bomb threat and served eight months in a federal prison
people... (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia was one of the 300 US cinemas screening
filmTim Walker settles down to watch the controversial gross-out satire
Arts and Entertainment
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's Big Eyes
film reviewThis is Tim Burton’s most intimate and subtle film for a decade
Life and Style
Mark's crab tarts are just the right size
food + drinkMark Hix cooks up some snacks that pack a punch
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executive- City of London, Old Street

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...

Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwickshire

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...

Day In a Page

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect