Climate change campaign heats up at home before Copenhagen

This weekend thousands of people around the world will take to the streets with their bikes in support of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen next week.

The conference is being hailed as the most important international discussion on climate change to date. Environmental organisations around the world have been organising campaigns to raise awareness about Copenhagen and about reducing worldwide green house gases.

Several Auckland-based organisations have come together to organise the Ride Planet Earth event in New Zealand. Greenpeace has supported the events, the first was held on October 24 and the second will begin at the Auckland Domain’s Winter Gardens on Saturday December 6.

Ride Planet Earth Auckland organiser Pippa Coom said the event was part of a global event, where people all around the world would cycle in symbolic support of Kim Nguyen, a man from Australia who has cycled from Brisbane to Copenhagen to raise awareness about global warming and climate change. He is also the founder of the Ride Planet Earth campaign.

Mr Nguyen is set to cycle into Copenhagen on Sunday to attend the conference. “My fellow antipodeans from across the water are getting involved like only they can. Within a day of agreeing to do the event they are already miles ahead organising than almost everyone else.

"Get involved in your planet. Join the ride. Take on dangerous climate change. You won't regret it,” was the message Mr Nguyen had for Kiwis to get involved on Saturday and behind the conference.

“We want to promote cycling as part of the solution in terms of sustainable transport. These events will be activated all over the world, to support Kim who arrives in Copenhagen on December 6. We want a meaningful treaty from Copenhagen. This is an active change to reducing carbon emissions,” Mr Coom said.

There are 3000 events being held around the world.

Ms Coom said Prime Minister John Key should “definitely attend” conference. She added there has been some talk recently of him attending if he believed “a meaningful international agreement could be reached”.

A blog entitled ‘Dear John’ is trying to encourage Mr Key to attend the climate talks. It has been reported that US President Barack Obama has written to Mr Key asking him to represent New Zealand at the conference next week.

Last Friday, NBR published that a handful of New Zealand companies were early participants in the Emission Reduction Unit (ERU) market, with four wind farms and two landfill gas site projects receiving 616,000 ERUs from 4.5 million issued so far worldwide. Based on a price of $NZD25 a unit, they are worth $15.4 million.

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There are also marches for the climate in Wellington (from Civic Square 1pm) and Auckland (Albert Park 1pm) this weekend Sat 5th as well as a concert in Auckland's Myers Park following the march all under the 'Planet A' banner: http://www.signon.org.nz/planet-a

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cli mate scam.

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And we rush, like lemmings, to our own destruction! Isn't it interesting that Al Gore's companies will benefit hugely from these planned climate change actions

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Hopefully Al Gore will be had up for misleading the world with his half truths and garbage science, that man has a damn cheek trying to tell the rest of the world how to run their lives while he flits around the world by plane and burns more electricity than the average household.

As for Pippa Coomb, why don't you ride your bike off into the sunset, find yourself an island and live a primitive life, and we'll see how long you can hack it, you are prepared to take all the modern trappings of todays life, but want the rest of us to peddle backwards, Pippa take a hike, I for one am not prepared to live that kind of life,

If there's one person in this world I can't stand it's the kind of person like you, that is trying to run our lives for us, just like our dear leader did in the last govt.,

Has anyone ever thought just how much that woman has committed us to this codswallop, I put the blame directly at her feet, in my opinion she has done New Zealand a great dis-service, in her efforts to climb to the top, of one of the most useless groups in the world, the UN.

Don't keep blaming John Key for things that that woman has put in place, by committing us to all this rubbish, she has left us with nowhere to go.

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Can anyone tell me why Oxfam and a who bevvy of NGOs will generate 6.6 tonnes of CO2 per person, by flying into Copenhagen? I'm certain the starving mass of humanity will applaud such selfless acts of global foresight. We need a list of NGOs attending so we know who not to give to.

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