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The Icemen Cometh
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“Just tell the truth and write how you feel.” – good advice to the first-time, and quite tentative, blogger – and advice I will heed.  

The truth is, I feel colder than I have ever felt in my life.

I have just stood outside in sub-zero temperatures for five hours getting Oxfam’s message out to the hordes heading for the UN Climate Talks (without gloves, for more efficient leafleting) and I cannot feel my fingers. Typing this is proving to be v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w.

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Today, in many cities, thousands of climate protesters from all over the world demanded that world leaders take strong and urgent action to prevent destabilisation of the global climate. They were asking leaders to move as rapidly as possible towards a fair and effective emissions reductions treaty.

We were, of course, at Poznan's march where more than a thousand people marched around the city centre.

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“Though the voices of our communities will not be heard directly, our canvas will speak for us,” Chris Dala, Malaita, Solomon Islands

Climate change hits poor people first and worst. This is what illustrates Oxfam’s exhibition "Canvas for Change" just launched today at the UN Climate Negotiations in Poznan, Poland.

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“Since nothing prevents the Earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions.”

Nicolaus Copernicus, was a Polish astronomer who put an end to the belief that the earth was the center of the universe.

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Today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Oxfam launched "South Voices", a video with testimonies from 63 people from developing countries who are already feeling the impacts of climate change.

The people featured in the video are already taking action to adapt to climate change, by making drastic changes to the way that they live their lives, but it is not enough, weather patterns are changing too fast. They need support from the rich countries that contributed most to climate change.

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Statements by Antonio Hill on the United Nations Climate Change Conference that has ended today in Bali, Indonesia.

"Bali has for the first time drawn up a roadmap for all countries to tackle climate change. But a handful of powerful countries have relegated the overwhelming scientific evidence to a footnote. The Bush Administration—dragging Canada, Japan and Russia in tow—has thrown away the compass and is trying to force us all to take the journey in a gas-guzzling 4x4, not the solar-powered speedster that the world urgently needs."

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