Get hard on climate change.
Well it was hardly subtle. But sometimes the best laughs come from being a little up front. I’ll write later about my experience of the action but for now – have a wee squiz at these photos and press release…
Climate Rush present Nick Clegg with a large dose of Climate Viagra:
Seven activists from the environmental group Climate Rush went to Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Putney home at 6.00am this morning to offer him a human-size paper-mache ‘Climate Viagra’. At 6.30 police questioned the activists and asked them to leave the area.
On the morning before the Liberal Democrats party conference, Climate Rush had painted across the ‘pill’: ‘Get hard on climate change’. On the reverse of the pill was a petition stating: ‘Climate Viagra’ and a petition stating: We the undersigned ask Nick Clegg to put his position in government to some good by championing climate change legislation. Signatories included: Sue Perkins (television presenter) and Josie Long (comedienne). The seven climate activists were wearing t-shirts with ‘Don’t be impotent, be important’ written across the front and all seven wore a red ‘Climate Rush’ sash.
Deborah Grayson, a member of Climate Rush who has previously been arrested for superglueing herself to a statue within Parliament to protest against unabated coal fired power stations, said:
“We hoped this government would fulfil its promise to be ‘the greenest government ever’, but the withdrawl of support for a ‘Green Investment Bank’; the rumours that government will not commit to developing carbon capture and storage technology; and the cutting of key policy bodies, such as the Sustainable Development Commission tell the opposite story.
Nick Clegg has always said that he is dedicated to building a clean, green future but now he’s got some power it looks like he’s forgetting the promises he made. He’s about to face a difficult Lib Dem conference and we wanted to send him on his way with one message: the Lib Dems can do more than prop up a Conservative government. They could prove their worth by getting hard on climate change.”
Nick Clegg would not come to the door and instead his wife Miriam used a videophone intercom system to ask the activists to leave. After leaving the Climate Viagra on his doorstep the seven activists made their way to work. They will all be available for comment at the end of the working day.