Image source: the-wave.org.uk

Image source: the-wave.org.uk

People across Great Britain are doing the wave. Why? To convince British leaders to take action on climate change. Weird? Maybe, but it’s pretty fun. Try it. See? Ok, maybe it’s not that fun doing the wave on your own, but there is power in numbers. Have a look on The Wave video website to see people from around the U.K. looking a bit silly and doing the ‘Mexican wave’. If you’d like to participate in the biggest virtual wave ever, you can upload your own video to join in the fray. Note: if there is more than one of you, do it right to left or you will look even sillier.

What’s it really about?

The Wave is a campaign organized by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition to encourage the U.K. government to show a strong initiative in the fight against climate change: ‘We want them to Protect the Poorest, Act Fair & Fast, and to Quit Dirty Coal now, to inspire the deal the world needs’. The Wave campaign will culminate in a demonstration in central London on December 5th, 2009 in the buildup to the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, aka COP15. Find out more about the and The Wave on the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition’s Wave website where you can get information on how you can participate in, help and support environmental action in the U.K. The march on December 5th will start at 12pm at Grosvenor Square in Central London and climax by circling Parliament. Participants are requested to wear blue – presumably to look more like a real wave rushing through the streets of London… or perhaps a flood, if you (like me) prefer your symbolism to be a bit more apocalyptic.

Additional resources:
The Wave Twitterstorm
UK Youth Climate Coalition
Guardian – ‘British climate change campaigners ride The Wave’

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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