Remember, remember the 4th of November
Stop Climate Chaos today announced the lively line up for its Saturday 4th November ‘I Count’ event held in London’s Trafalgar Square between 1-3pm. Thousands are expected to attend and ‘be counted’ at the free event that will take place on the eve of global climate change talks in Nairobi, demanding that the UK Government negotiate an international deal to keep global warming levels less that 2 degrees centigrade and introduce a Climate Change Bill into the Queens speech.
Speakers to include: KT Tunstall, Rob Newman, Miranda Richardson, Simon Amstell, Rufus Hound, Ashok Sinha (Director - Stop Climate Chaos), Bishop of Liverpool, Adam Hart Davis, Dr Hany El Banna (President - Islamic relief) and Sharon Looremeta.
Thousands of people will be travelling to the event from all over the UK. Surfers from the South West, walkers from the West Midlands and bus loads of people from all over the country will descend upon Trafalgar Square to be counted. With street bands, entertainment, film, performance and speakers - come and be part of the greatest climate chaos event of the year.
"This is going to be the biggest climate change event this year and an opportunity for all of us who care to stand up and be counted. The I Count event in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 4th November promises to be a great day out and by joining us you can send a clear message to the Government that we want them to do all they can to stop climate chaos. We encourage everyone to turn up or sign up online (www.icount.org.uk) or text ‘I Count’ to 84424. In the run up to critical climate change talks in Nairobi, now is the time to make our voices heard - come and be counted!" Ashok Sinha - Director, Stop Climate Chaos.
‘I Count’ is designed to inspire personal and political action and counter the view that climate change is too big a problem to fix. The campaign has the backing of a diverse range of high profile supporters.
‘I Count because... the world is facing its greatest man-made threat ever - climate change. Urgent action is needed - by individuals and most of all governments. Without political will, action on the scale required will not be possible.’ David Attenborough
‘I Count because… I care about the disappearance of species and land from the impact of climate change and it will disappear in my life time if nothing is done.’ KT Tunstall
‘I Count because... I believe we must lead the way both in reducing our personal use of the planet's resources as well as calling on our government to make laws that support this.’
SCC is an unprecedented and growing coalition on climate change, bringing together environment and development organisations, unions, faith, community and women’s groups. Members include Friends of the Earth, RSPB, Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam, Tearfund, Christian Aid, the Women’s Institute and UNISON.
Stop Climate Chaos launched their ‘I Count’ campaign on Wednesday 11th October unveiling a 4ft ice sculpture of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s head encased around a first edition of Penguin book, ‘I Count: A Step by Step Guide to Climate Bliss’. People who are concerned about climate change are being encouraged to sign up online (www.icount.org.uk) or by texting ‘I Count’ to 84424 and to turn up at the mass event at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday November 4th.
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Notes to Editors:
1. For further information and interview or image requests, please contact:
Alison Blower Media Coordinator Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7729 8732 Mob: 07967 698928
Alex Grace - Media and Artist Liaison Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7729 8732 Mob: 07779 614 054
2. SCC members include: A Rocha, ActionAid, ACTSA, Airport Watch, BMS world Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change, Carplus, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, From Greenhouse to Green House, Garden Organic, Greenpeace, Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Medact, Operation Noah, Oxfam, People & Planet, Plan B, Practical Action, Road Block, RSPB, Save our World, Speak, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Tearfund, UNISON, The Wildlife Trusts, Take Global Warming Seriously, Transport 2000, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, UNA, UNISON, Women’s Environment Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement and WWF.
3. The I Count Campaign calls on the UK government to provide:-
• Action internationally: ensure that global greenhouse gas emissions are irreversibly declining by 2015.
• Action for justice: deliver assistance to developing countries to adapt to climate change and give access to clean energy to meet their developmental needs.
• Action in the UK: introduce a Climate Bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3% per year.
4. Wireless Media Centre will be located at The Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP.
5. Please call in advance for press accreditation. Passes will be distributed between 10 - 12am on the morning of November 4th.
6. Further information can be supplied on low carbon journeys and SCC member feeder events being held prior to the Trafalgar Square event.