*NEWS*GREEN ACTIVIST RALLY IN CANADA

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*NEWS*GREEN ACTIVIST RALLY IN CANADA

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    Green activists rally in Canada
    Demonstration in Montreal, Canada
    Thousands of people have demonstrated in the Canadian city of Montreal to demand action on global warming.
    The
    demonstration was timed to coincide with a United Nations summit on
    climate change in the city.Earlier, thousands of people marched through
    London in a protest which ended at the US embassy.Environmental groups
    are critical of what they see as the inadequate response of governments
    to the threat of global warming.
    Delicate manoeuvring
    Five
    groups, including Greenpeace and the Climate Crisis Coalition,
    delivered a petition to the US consulate in Montreal, the Associated
    Press reports
    Climate change:
    The petition, signed by 600,000 Americans, calls on the Bush administration and the US Congress to help stop global warming.
    Canadian
    Inuit of the Arctic north, including hunters, trappers and elders, have
    travelled to Montreal to take part in the demonstration.
    “We’re
    worried about climate change, about ways of life in the Canadian Arctic
    disappearing,” said Sarah Binder of Montreal’s Urban Ecology Center.
    Marches
    had also been expected in Washington, Sydney and Johannesburg as part
    of an international day of action on global warming.
    Delegates from
    189 countries are at the 10-day conference to consider how to meet the
    Kyoto Protocol targets and what measures should follow when these
    expire in 2012.
    The Kyoto agreement, which came into force earlier
    this year, requires industrialised nations to cut emissions of
    greenhouse gases by 5.2%.
    The US, the world’s biggest emitter, is
    not a signatory to Kyoto, saying it is costly to introduce and that the
    agreement is flawed.
    BBC environment correspondent Tim Hirsch says
    the coming days will see delicate manoeuvring to find ways of bringing
    the US and key developing countries into discussions about future
    action on global warming, without asking them to commit themselves to
    firm targets and timetables.