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News Prime Minister John Key will attend the climate talks in Copenhagen boosted the numbers of Greenpeace’s Sign-on march held in Auckland on Saturday, the activists says.
Mr Key will attend the leaders summit of the climate change conference held later this month. The United Nations Climate Change Conference started this week in Copenhagen. Greenpeace strongly campaigned for Mr Key to attend and represent New Zealand and the part it plays in reducing global emissions.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Kathy Cummings said more people joined the march around Queen St on Saturday than attended the March for Democracy protest last month. “John Key confirming his attendance made the march really exciting. It was to show support for John Key and the support we had was really positive.”
Ms Cummings said about 4000 people took to the streets to support Mr Key and his decision to attend the conference that is being hailed as the single most important international dialogue ever to be held on climate change. The march was also held to raise awareness about climate change, the challenge the world faces in reducing emissions and what will happen if we don't meet these targets.
Greenpeace is seeking a global reduction of 40% by 2020. Yesterday, the World Meteorological Organisation’s announced the past decade has been the warmest since 1850.
Mr Key had previously said he did not intend to participate in the conference as he felt it would just be another photo opportunity for international leaders and did not expect anything 'meaningful' to come out of the talks.
The March for Democracy that was held in November was to raise awareness about the anti-smacking bill and to urge the government to move on amending it as per the referendum. It was also to encourage a more victim-based justice system and to promote democracy.