Climate Rush: Suffragette centenary at Parliament Square 13 Oct 2008October 12, 2008 at 10:04 am | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Global warming | 3 Comments
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The Suffragettes 100 Years on
At 5:30pm on Monday 13 October 2008, in Parliament Square, London, hundreds of women will mark the centenary of the Suffragette Rush by holding the Climate Rush.
In keeping with the spirit of the Suffragette Rush, the young women organisers invite men and women alike to stand together with three key demands:
No airport expansion No dirty coal-fired power stations The creation of cross-party policy in line with the most recent climate science and research
A women-led rally, to which men are invited, is being held in Parliament Square to mark the centenary of the Suffragette Rush.
The Climate Rush will attract hundreds of women concerned by the inadequacy of political inaction over the dangers of climate change. They will arrive in Parliament Square at 5.30pm on Monday 13th October, exactly one hundred years after over 40 Suffragettes were arrested for their attempt to enter The Houses of Parliament.
Participants are encouraged to wear period dress and will be given, on arrival, red sashes (in reference to the Suffragettes’ purple sashes) with ‘Climate Code Red’ emblazoned across them.
Amongst the speakers will be Rosie Boycott, the leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas and the HACAN President, Baroness Jenny Tonge. For more details check out ClimateRush.
The plan is to present Gordon Brown with the latest climate research and these three demands:
1. No airport expansion.
2. No dirty coal fired power stations.
3. Cross-party policy in line with the most recent climate research and science.
Personally, I would rephrase points 2 and 3 to read something like:
2. No new coal-fired power stations without CCS capability
3. Government policies for climate, energy and transport must be developed in line with the most up-to-date peer-reviewed climate science and research
I’d stress CCS because I do think we need to make CCS specific and a condition for permitting new power plant plans.
I’d call out climate and energy and transport policies specifically because we need to integrate policies that deal with the burning of fuel and associated emissions wherever they occur (no more free rides for aviation) and the demand should join the dots as it calls for government policies to do the same 😉