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Climate camp set for second night in Trafalgar Square

Camp for Climate Action
The campers said they were "quite wet and cold" but in good spirits

Environmental protesters are preparing to camp for a second night in London's Trafalgar Square ahead of the Copenhagen summit on climate change.

The Camp for Climate Action said more than 100 demonstrators stayed overnight despite poor weather, after pitching their tents on Saturday.

Organisers said the "elitist and undemocratic" summit would push "false solutions" such as carbon trading.

On Monday, officials from 192 countries begin talks in Denmark's capital.

Direct action

The Metropolitan Police said they had been told the camp would remain in place for 48 hours.

Anna Markova of Camp for Climate Action said spirits were high in Trafalgar Square "even though people are quite wet and cold".

For the politicians in Copenhagen it's no more than business as usual
Tobia Revell
Camp for Climate Action

She added: "What we are doing today is highlighting the fact that the kind of solutions proposed by our government are not going to do anything.

"We're calling for more people to come and join us."

Organisers said the camp would stage film showings, vegan meals, workshops and live music, as well as providing activists with space to plan direct action.

Another protester, Tobia Revell, said: "For the politicians in Copenhagen it's no more than business as usual.

"Copenhagen might seem far away, but the businesses causing climate change are right here."

On Saturday a separate protest led by Stop Climate Chaos urged world leaders to reach a tough new deal on cutting emissions.

Camp for Climate Action
The group anticipates any deal at Copenhagen will be inadequate

Police originally said about 20,000 people had taken part - but did not contradict claims by the organisers that the actual figure was more than 40,000.

Gordon Brown praised the protesters for "propelling" leaders to reach the "first world climate change agreement".

Mr Brown will join Barack Obama in Copenhagen next week, after the US president announced that he had changed his plans and would now attend the end of the conference.

About 7,000 turned out for a demonstration in Glasgow, while a protest was also held in Belfast.



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