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Staged protests aplenty at COP15 — Do they matter?
Not a day goes by at the Bella Center here in Copenhagen, site of the UN Climate Conference now underway, without some group or another staging a protest or demonstration.
There are staged events that we know are coming and some that seem to just spring up.
On Monday we had a youth-led Lennon-inspired bed in that was well flagged and a Pan-African march that ostensibly materialized out of thin air, coming at precisely the same time the head of the WWF delegation was giving a news conference just yards away. Today, it was a demonstration by activists supporting Tuvalu, a Polynesian Island nation that had earlier in the day demanded a legally binding agreement by the end of the conference. That action sprung into gear after activists got wind of Tuvalu’s demand and decided to rally to the cause.
The question is, do they matter? Or are they nothing more than an entertaining distraction?