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Climate carollers give Huhne a seasonal send-off

By Clare Groves | 22 November 2011

With the UN climate talks on the horizon, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition got together to form a Climate Justice choir to serenade Chris Huhne, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, who will be representing the UK at the talks.

With the help of some talented supporters and volunteers, we changed the words of popular carols to sing out loudly for climate justice.

Civil servants on their lunch hour gathered around to watch us, as the brass instruments and guitars led us from one carol to the next. As we raised our voices to sing ‘How silently, how silently deals in corridors are made’ there were more than a few curtains twitching in the corridors of power!

Then Greg Barker, minister for energy and climate change, came past and stopped to talk to us. While chatting with the choir he stressed that he thought the work of NGOs was crucially important in making sure that these issues were heard by government.

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Of course (and no offence to Mr Barker!), we were holding out for Huhne, especially as we’d rewritten Christmas ditties like this to the tune of Jingle Bells:

‘Mr Huhne, Mr Huhne,

Stay strong all the way.

Do your best for climate change
It’s Kyoto all the way.’

No sooner had we sung these very lines, than the man himself had come out to meet with us. After listening to the choir, he talked about supporting the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol, and was asked to do all that he could to ensure that the needs of the world’s poorest countries were heard at the Durban talks. 

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Clare Groves

Clare Fussell is a campaigns officer for Christian Aid

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