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Marchers highlight climate fears
Climate march in Glasgow
The march was one of many taking place around the world
Hundreds of campaigners have marched through Glasgow in an attempt to raise awareness of climate change.

Protests also took place simultaneously in more than 60 countries to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali.

Organisers of the Climate March 2007 in Glasgow said they wanted politicians to use radical solutions to combat the problem of climate change.

About 300 protesters marched from the city centre to a rally near the Clyde.

They were accompanied by a campaigner dressed as a polar bear, and a giant iceberg with a polar bear on top, to highlight the problems of climate change.

I think it helped to continue to grow the awareness that we have got to make some radical changes
Duncan McLaren
Friends of the Earth

At the rally, speakers included Duncan McLaren, of Friends of the Earth Scotland, and Ben Bragwyn, of Transition Towns.

Mr McLaren said the event was a success, despite the dismal weather conditions.

"The point of the march was to show that people in Glasgow are standing in solidarity with people in countries around the world demonstrating in support of an international treaty and this is what the Bali talks are all about," he said.

"I think it helped to continue to grow the awareness that we have got to make some radical changes.

"We may want a bit of better weather, but everyone is becoming more aware that the climate is suffering.

"We can all complain about the weather, but we also need to do our best to keep the climate safe."

'Everyone's responsibility'

A spokeswoman for the Global Climate Campaign, which organised the event, said: "I think we have really raised awareness of climate change in Scotland and I think we have brought together lots of different groups who care about climate change.

"I think we have really managed to build a focus around which lots of these groups can coalesce.

"It's everyone's responsibility to make it clear to politicians that green policies are electable."

Campaigners said Scottish politicians were making some progress with Holyrood's Climate Change Bill proposing to cut emissions by 80% by 2050.

However, they also said schemes such as the development of the M74 motorway could damage the environment.

Last year, more than 150,000 people took part in the Climate March across the world.


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