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Ken Livingstone backs Stop Climate Chaos

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Come and be Counted on Saturday 4th November

Stop Climate Chaos welcomes the support of Mayor of London Ken Livingstone for the biggest climate change event of the year - ‘I Count’ in Trafalgar Square on Saturday November 4th 1- 3pm.  

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: ‘Climate change is the single biggest threat to the development of human civilisation and as Mayor it is my top priority for London. Everyone has a part to play and simple changes to the way we all live can have a big impact if enough of us take part. I would like to add my voice to all of those behind the I Count campaign.’

Thousands concerned about climate change are expected to turn out at the free event on the eve of global climate change talks in Nairobi. They will be demanding the UK Government negotiate an international deal to keep global warming less than 2 degrees centigrade and introduce a Climate Change Bill into the Queens speech that delivers annual cuts in UK carbon dioxide emissions.
Other supporters of ‘I Count’ who will be appearing are: Razorlight, KT Tunstall, Rob Newman, Miranda Richardson, Simon Amstell, Rufus Hound, Ashok Sinha (Director - Stop Climate Chaos), Right Reverend James Jones (Bishop of Liverpool), Adam Hart Davis, Dr Hany El Banna (President - Islamic relief) and Sharon Looremeta.

“Stop Climate Chaos welcomes the support of Mayor Ken Livingstone and the GLA for our I Count event in Trafalgar Square on November 4th. We hope as many people as possible will take part by joining us in the Square, signing-up online at www.icount.org.uk, or by texting I Count to 84424. On the eve of critical climate change talks in Nairobi there has never been a more important time to make our views count.” Ashok Sinha - Director Stop Climate Chaos

People will be travelling to the event from all over the UK- from coaches to canoes! Surfers with their boards arriving from the South West, cyclists from Somerset and walkers from the West Midlands.  All will converge on Trafalgar Square and join others who will be met with street bands, entertainment, film, performance and speakers.

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.  The ‘I Count’ campaign was launched on Wednesday 11th October with the unveiling of 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’.  The campaign has since gained rapid support from many leading figures and high profile supporters concerned about climate change.   

Some SCC member organisations will be holding ‘feeder events’ in London which will be held prior to the mass public event in Trafalgar Square (1-3pm).   

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Notes to Editors:
For further information and interview or image requests, please contact:
Alison Blower Media Coordinator Email: [email protected]
Tel: 079 8732 Mob: 07967 698928
Alex Grace - Media and Artist Liaison Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7729 8732 Mob: 07779 614 054

2.  Media Centre will now be located at Rockwell Bar, The Trafalgar, Corner, 2 Spring       Gardens, Cockspur Street, London SW1 A 2TS. Please call in advance for press accreditation and media bids. Passes will be distributed between
10 - 12am 4.11.06. 

3. 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.
 
4. 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. 

5.      Further information can be supplied on low carbon journeys and SCC member feeder events being held prior to the Trafalgar Square event. 

6.  Images and VNR will be available immediately after the event on: www.icount.org.uk