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Santas in Boris Bike climate protest at Japanese Embassy

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Members of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, including Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Tearfund, dressed as Santas, used Boris bikes to deliver a letter of protest to the Japanese embassy in London today.

The letter called on Japan to reconsider its decision, announced earlier this week, to abandon the Kyoto Protocol after the agreement’s first commitment period ends in 2012.

As the UN climate change summit in Cancun, Mexico entered its last day with no agreement about renewing Kyoto in sight, the letter urged Japan to reconsider its position.

‘Climate change is the most serious threat to our world,’ the letter said. ‘Poor people in Asia, Africa and Latin America are already suffering from the impacts of floods, drought and unpredictable weather.

‘The Kyoto Protocol is the only binding agreement we have to ensure action on climate change. By committing to a second commitment period, and by including strong emissions reduction targets, Japan can demonstrate to the world that it is serious about tackling climate change.

‘The only alternative to the Kyoto Protocol is a weak agreement which can only take the world towards global temperature rises of 3ºC or more. This is not a world we should contemplate.’ 
                                                             
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