International Demonstrations on Climate Change

    December 1st 2012

    at the time of the United Nations Talks on climate change (COP18/MOP 8))
    in Qatar


    This webpage has been set up to publicise and promote plans for demonstrations on climate change, to coincide with the annual United Nations Climate Talks which are taking place this year (COP18/MOP8) in Qatar on November 26th to December 7th 2012.

    We intend synchronised demonstrations around the world on Saturday December 1st 2012 - in as many places as possible - to call on world leaders to take urgent action on climate change.

    The 'Call to Action' for the demonstrations is as follows

    “We demand that world leaders take the urgent and resolute action that is needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate, so that the entire world can move as rapidly as possible to a stronger emissions reductions treaty which is both equitable and effective in minimising dangerous climate change.

    We demand that the long-industrialised countries that have emitted most greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere take responsibility for climate change mitigation by immediately reducing their own emissions as well as investing in a clean energy revolution in the developing world. Developed countries must take their fair share of the responsibility to pay for the adaptive measures that have to be taken, especially by low-emitting countries with limited economic resources.

    Climate change will hit the poorest first and hardest. All who have the economic means to act, must therefore urgently and decisively do so.”

    To help build for these demonstrations please click on your country in the column on the left to find a local contact, or if there is not yet one listed there contact us at

    Last year demonstrations and events occurred all around the world on 3th December 2011.  The largest demonstration that took place was in Durban, South Africa where the UN Climate Talks were held, with approximately 10,000 people taking place in a lively march (see more on the South Africa page).  Demonstrations took place in a total of 44 countries around the world.  In Germany activities took place in 40 towns, the biggest ones being in Berlin with 250 people attending speeches and an open mic debate, and in Essen with 200 people attending a protest march.  The Global day of Action in Oslo, Norway gathered over 100 people for a concert, appeals, and video link to COP17 in Durban and to demand climate action from the Norwegian delegates to the Climate Change conference.  More than 10,000 people attended an exhibition in Nepal of articles prepared using discarded materials.  Various decorative and useful items prepared by using waste materials in homes, schools and offices were displayed, encouraging and motivating people for reuse and recycle of waste.  You can see reports of the demonstrations that took place in 2011 on the individual country pages. 


    100,000 demonstrate for action on climate in Copenhagen, 12th December 2009