'Civil climate change protest at federal environment ministers Calgary office

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CALGARY - Seven protesters have been charged with mischief after sitting in the federal environment minister's riding office for eight hours.
The protesters walked into Jim Prentice's office about 10 a.m. Monday, saying they weren't leaving until he signed a promise about global warming in advance of climate talks in Copenhagen next month.
They want him to commit Canada to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Eight hours later, police arrested and charged the protesters, who call themselves Citizens For Climate Justice.
The protesters said in an email they talked to Prentice, but "the Minister still refuses to act to stem the human costs of climate change or turn Canada from a climate laggard into a climate leader."
The seven protesters - five from Calgary and two from Edmonton - are set to appear in court on Dec. 31.
Russell Charlton was one of four fellow environmentalists standing outside Prentice's office while the protesters were inside. He and the others held up a giant placard that read "Stop Blocking Climate Justice."
He said the sit-in was the first in a planned series of protests targeting elected officials, oilsands financiers and the coal and oilsands industries.
He said Canadians are fed up with the "shameful position" being taken by Canada on climate change.
"This is what citizens are doing. They're taking non-violent, peaceful actions, engaging in civil disobedience so that we will see action from our government ... We need Prentice to stop blocking action and start taking leadership on this issue."
David Wilson, one of the protesters who was arrested, said Prentice's staff was very polite and even offered them coffee. Prentice was not there; he was in Ottawa.
"To be honest, Jim Prentice is probably one of the most polite Conservative members, so he's usually pretty respectful and his staff seem to be pretty much the same way."
Prentice couldn't be reached for comment after the protesters were arrested. Earlier Monday, he said he would try to talk to them via telephone.
"I enjoy talking to young people about the environment, about climate change and about Copenhagen."

Geographic location: Calgary, Canada, Copenhagen Edmonton Ottawa

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