The protest, which will be led by an influential NASA scientist, comes days after an unprecedented warning to politicians from 2,500 leading scientists at last week's climate science summit in Copenhagen. They said that unless drastic action to cut carbon emissions was taken immediately, the world would face "irreversible shifts in climate".
Dr James Hansen, the director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said it was right for scientists to take a strong political stance. He plans to be among those leading the rally in Coventry on Thursday, which campaigners have billed as Climate Change Day of Action. "We can no longer allow politicians and business to twist and ignore science," Dr Hansen told The Sunday Times.
"The scientists can connect the dots and define the implications of different policy choices and we should make clear those implications."
Dr Hansen said tthat he Government's plans to allow an extra runway at Heathrow and the country's first new coal-fired power plant for 23 years at Kingsnorth, Kent, were irreconcilable with efforts to halt cliamte change.
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