January 6th: The four activists have been released, thanks to the worldwide mobilisation. However, they still face trial in the Danish courts, and possible prison sentences. We need to keep the pressure!
Four of our activists are in a Danish prison. Their crime? At the UN Climate Summit last month, they managed to get into a dinner party where world leaders were dining with the Queen of Denmark and held up banners demanding they take action against global warming.
Juan, Nora, Christian and Joris, known as the “Red Carpet Four” have remained in virtual isolation, without trial, over Christmas and New Year.
Civil society has spent the past year trying to make politicians understand that the time has come to act. The restriction of peaceful protest against a problem as pressing as climate change is a serious threat to democracy.
Please join the Red Carpet Four in solidarity by writing to world leaders below.
Click here to add your voice: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change/changethefuture
My name: Hoang Nguyen
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My country: Vietnam
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
Faced with the unique opportunity to stop climate change in Copenhagen, world leaders offered instead an historic failure.
In sharp contrast, we and the world’s environment, hunger, and justice groups are mobilizing the largest movement civil society has ever witnessed, to demand a fair, ambitious, legally binding climate treaty.
I stand in solidarity with those who have taken non-violent direct action or committed peaceful acts of civil disobedience to demand climate justice.
That includes the four Greenpeace activists who were detained without trial in Denmark for holding up banners at a head of state dinner.
I have contributed to their action by supporting Greenpeace — financially, morally, or in my day to day life.
If the response of governments to the threat of climate change is going to be preventive detention of those likely to support or commit acts of civil disobedience, count me among the 15 million people you may need to round up.
I urge you to recognise that civil disobedience to demand action against so grave a threat is an act of community service.