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Mumbai climate crusader climbs roof of UK Parliament

Among the activists who scaled the roof of the British Parliament building on Sunday to protest the world's indifference to climate change was a 29-year-old Mumbai youth, Brikesh Singh.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2009 01:21 IST
Grace Doyle

Among the activists who scaled the roof of the British Parliament building on Sunday to protest the world's indifference to climate change was a 29-year-old Mumbai youth, Brikesh Singh.

Singh, who heads the Indian branch of Greenpeace, the international NGO at the forefront of environment protection, knew he could be debarred from entering Britain in future, but he couldn't care less.

“I represent a billion people who are being impacted by climate change daily,” he said. “The UK and other developed countries need to take the leadership in climate politics to stop further suffering.”

Spending a chilly night atop the Westminster roof was not Singh’s first effort at non-violent direct action. In October 2007, he and five others had climbed the 70-metre chimney of the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station, 125 km from Kolkata, to paint ‘Smoking kills’ along its length.

Singh promised more such instances of mass civil disobedience as the UN mega summit on climate change in December approaches.