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Photo opportunities in Copenhagen 12 and 13 December


12 noon: Arrival in Cathedral Square, Copenhagen, of 28 cyclists who have ridden from Stansted in the UK, two of them (a married couple from Somerset) on a tandem. They will be welcomed by a crowd of Christian Aid supporters who have travelled here by bus and train. The cyclists’ ride has raised 40,000 pounds for Christian Aid.

12.30: Archbishop of Canterbury speech to supporters of Christian Aid and other organisations in the APRODEV network of European, faith-based development organisations, in the Cathedral Square.

1pm – 2pm: Rally with speakers including climate witnesses from around the world, in Parliament Square.

2pm: Planet First – People First march through the streets of Copenhagen to mark Global Day of Action on Climate Change, finishing at the Bella Center.

4.30 pm: Candlelit vigil outside the Bella Center. Different blocs from the march will present UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer with giant sails from ships, bearing climate messages and images from campaigners in Copenhagen. Mithika Mwenda of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance will present a sail on behalf of the Countdown to Copenhagen bloc.


11.30am: Town Hall Square, Copenhagen - Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivers to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, some of the 250,000+ Countdown to Copenhagen pledges made by people around the world, gathered by Christian Aid and other organisations.

2pm: Archbishop of Canterbury preaches at an ecumenical service attended by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in Copenhagen Cathedral.

3pm: Bell-ringing - 350 tolls. The cathedral service ends with an international, interfaith “bell ringing”. Bells (or other instruments) will sound 350 times at 3pm in thousands of churches in different countries around the world, to symbolise a ‘safe’ level of atmospheric CO2 (350 parts per million).

3.30pm: Press conference with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other church leaders at the Cathedral, immediately after the bell ringing. Space at the press conference is extremely limited so if you want to attend, please register in advance with Helga Mikkelsen (+45 3318 7821) or Juan Michel (+41 76 507 6363).

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For more information about these events and/or to talk to one of our experts about developments in the official negotiations, contact: Andrew Hogg on (00 45) 40975304 or (00 44) 07872 350 534 / ahogg@christian-aid.org or Rachel Baird on (00 45) 40973665 or (00 44) 7545 501 749 / rbaird@christian-aid.org

Notes To Editors:

1. Countdown to Copenhagen is a climate justice campaign instigated by APRODEV, an association of 17 major faith-based development and humanitarian aid organisations in Europe, which work closely with the World Council of Churches. The campaign is now active in 24 countries worldwide. APRODEV members and partner organisations along with members of CIDSE, an international network of 16 Catholic development agencies, have collected more than 250,000 pledges from individuals that they will help save the planet. Taking the pledge included a commitment to reduce personal carbon footprints through recycling, reusing and reducing consumption, as well as an undertaking to write to political leaders pressing for a climate change agreement that is fair to poor countries. The pledges will be handed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to to Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 13 December in a ceremony at  11.30am in Town Hall Square, Copenhagen.

2. Christian Aid, a member of APRODEV, works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

3. Christian Aid wants rich countries at the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen to commit to at least 40 per cent reductions in carbon emissions by 2020.  It also wants industrialised countries to commit to providing more than 110 billion Euros a year to developing countries, along with technology transfers, to enable them to develop in a low carbon way and adapt to climate change.

4. Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition which represents 11 million members across 100 UK organisations.  All are united in their demand for an end to dirty coal, and a fair and just international climate change deal that protects the worlds’ poorest communities.

5. Climate change is already depriving poor people in many developing countries of their livelihoods.  Christian Aid believes that it must urgently be tackled, in order to help achieve a world free of poverty.  Our new drive, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end global poverty.  Details at www.christianaid.org.uk

6. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_

7. Pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/christian_aid_media