Friday, February 6, 2009

Climate protestors threaten to shut down London’s carbon market

From Environmental Finance:
After attracting thousands of climate protestors to the Kingsnorth power station and Heathrow airport, the Camp for Climate Action has turned its sights on leading carbon trading platform, the European Climate Exchange (ECX).

The campaign group has called for action on 1 April, a day ahead of the G20 summit in London, and is promising to shut down ECX to “highlight the link between the financial crisis and the climate crisis”. Its website urges protestors to meet outside ECX’s London office and “bring a pop-up tent, sleeping bag, wind turbine, mobile cinema, action plans and ideas ... let’s imagine another world.”

Further details of the action – such as its duration and the practicalities of setting up camp in the middle of London’s financial district – are not being revealed at this time, a spokesman said.>>>MORE

From CCA's website:

Climate camp 2009 /// Stopping carbon markets /// Because nature doesn't do bailouts.

First the city traders speculated with our homes, jobs and money – with
disastrous results. Now they are speculating with our climate and the very
future of life on earth – and once again our governments are cheering them on.

By creating a brain-bending system of carbon pollution licenses, fossil fuel companies and trading firms have found a way to keep on churning out global warming gases and to reap huge windfall profits at the same time.
Meanwhile, the UK government is justifying a third runway at Heathrow and a coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth by saying that these new “carbon trading” schemes will magically make all their emissions vanish.

They are handing control of our climate over to the same people and systems that caused the financial collapse. All the workable and fair alternatives aren't getting a look-in

We need to stop this foolishness....MORE

Which reminded me of Rising Tide at the Carbon Expo a year and a half ago: