COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 12 (UPI) — A public square in Copenhagen, Denmark, was jammed Saturday with thousands of protesters gathered at a U.N. climate change conference, witnesses said.
Police said they expected 60,000 people to march from Copenhagen’s Christiansborg Slotsplads, or Castle Square, toward the Bella Center, the convention hall were delegates from nearly 200 countries are gathered to forge an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper said the demonstrators included climate activists, hundreds of environmental groups, anti-capitalists and human rights advocates who formed a sea of humanity dotted with flags and banners demanding action from world leaders to stop global warming.
“Bla, Bla, Bla,” the Times cited a popular sign as reading. “Act Now!”
Another reportedly read, “Nature Doesn’t Compromise.”
The “Global Day of Action” came one day after Danish police clashed with demonstrators, making 40 arrests, the BBC reported.
The British broadcaster said former supermodel Helena Christensen and actress Helen Baxendale were expected to be among the celebrities making appearances Saturday, while the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was to address a gathering of Christian Aid and other faith-based development organizations in Copenhagen’s Cathedral Square.
A part of the effort calls for churches around the world to toll their bells 350 times, symbolizing 350 parts per million — the level of carbon dioxide considered low enough to avoid climate change, the BBC said.
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