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Tens of thousands rallied in Melbourne on Friday to launch a global campaign for climate action ahead of a key summit in Paris, where marches were cancelled amid security fears. Protesters young and old echoed the call for a phase-out of fossil fuel blamed for climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, waving placards reading: "There is no Planet B" and "Stop messing with my future". Protest organisers have set up a website, www.march4me.org, where people in other cities can sign up to symbolically march for those who cannot do so in Paris.
Outrage over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has revealed that the public will no longer settle when it comes to environmental protections, the president of last year's UN climate conference told AFP. "A scandal like this one clearly shows that today global consumers are more demanding, that they do not accept an industry trying to make us believe it is more environmentally responsible than it really is," Manuel Pulgar said in an interview. As Peru's environment minister, Pulgar presided over the United Nations annual climate change conference when it was held in Lima last year.