Sunday, 21 November 2010

Every person in UK uses equivalent 125 lightbulbs (40W) every day

Key Points by - David McKay (Physicist)
  • Every person in UK uses the equivalent of 125 lightbulbs (40W) on all the time every day
  • Coal, Gas & Oil will run out eventually
  • Transport is 1/3 of energy used
    • average car driven 50km a day = 140 lightbulbs
  • 1 wind turbine powers 200 people = 25,000 lightbulbs (4')
  • Wind farms today power 4 lightbulbs per person in Britain (4' 11")
  • Sizewell B nuclear power station produces 0.4 lightbulbs power of everyone in Britain = > all wind farms in Britain today = 2000 wind turbines (4'23")
  • If all of coastline were covered with Wave power machines = 4 lightbulbs for all in Britain (4' 59")
  • 90% energy today is generated by fossil fuels, 10% by nuclear/wind/wave & other renewables (5'33")
  • Renewables must be be increased 10 fold if we replace fossil fuels by 2050
  • 125 lightbulbs per day for everyone in UK requires 300 Sizewell B power stations OR 600,000 wind turbines which would cover half of Britain (5'58")
  • There are 10 nuclear power stations and 2408 wind turbines today in Britain, 11 new nuclear power stations & 4462 wind turbines have been approved (6'4")

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION - 4th December 2010


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 (COP16/MOP6) in Cancun, Mexico on November 29th to December 10th 2010.

We intend synchronised demonstrations around the world on Saturday December 4th 2010 - in as many places as possible - to call on world leaders to take urgent action on climate change.

After the dissapointing results from the Copenhagen conference last year it is clear that the job of acheiving a fair and effective global agreement on climate change is far from done.  The consensus among scientists is that we have ten years or less to stop and reverse the global growth in greenhouse gas emissions before 'runaway' climate change becomes uncontrollable. The need for fair and effective international collaboration to achieve this becomes more urgent every year. Our next chance to achieve an agreement that will deliver this is during the Cancun Talks in December. We feel therefore that there is an overwhelming need to demonstrate a global will for urgent and effective action at this time.
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.”


Organization name:Campaign against Climate Change
Contact name:   +44 (0) 2078339311

Organization name:Stop Climate Chaos coalition
Contact name:   +44 (0) 207 324 4622

Global Day of Action 2010

March on Parliament for a Zero Carbon Britain
December 4th

On the Saturday midway through the UN Climate Talks in Cancun, Mexico.
Challenge the government to take the action we need to meet the climate threat.

12 noon: Assemble at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park.

10.30 am Protest Bike ride assembles at Lincoln's Inn Fields - to join the main protest at Hyde Park later. See here for further details and route map.
11.00 am Climate Service at the Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street organised by Christian Ecology Link,  see here.
12.00 noon  Assemble on North Carriageway Drive (just West of Speaker's Corner), Hyde Park.
12.00 - 1.00 pm Help us spell out a message for Zero Carbon by 2030 - with hundreds of people in a photo taken from above in Hyde Park.
Zero Carbon March to Parliament
via Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall.
2.30 pm: Climate Emergency Rally in Parliament Square.
The failure of the international Talks in Copenhagen doesn't mean the threat of catastrophic Climate Change has got any less grave or less urgent. Don't let them think last year's big climate demo was just a 'one-off wonder'.   Tell them we need urgent action NOW and take to government a message and vision for a Zero Carbon Britain that wont just stop with this demo but that we can build on afterwards!
And remember building a Zero Carbon Britain means Climate Jobs Now: we have a positive vision not only for addresing the global threat of climate catastrophe but also for the economic crisis.

March with us for…
Climate Action and Climate Justice….

A Zero Carbon Britain by 2030
One Million Climate Jobs Now!
Ten percent cuts in one year
Real Cuts not offsets
Green Energy Revolution
Moratorium on Agrofuel use
End Domestic Flights
Expand Public Transport
55 mph speed limit