Friday, June 5, 2009

Melting Key highlights environment day

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NZPA June 5, 2009, 8:26 pm

A melting John Key held the world in his hands today.

An ice sculpture of the prime minister holding a globe accompanied Oxfam campaigners marking World Environment Day at Auckland's Britomart today.

They were collecting signatures for their Feel The Heat petition.

The petition will be sent to Mr Key before he goes to the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December.

Oxfam wants emission levels in New Zealand to drop to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, as well as provide help for developing countries who are suffering from developed nations' emissions.

The scuplture was made by world-renowned ice carver Victor Cagayat from the Philippines.

Zimbabwean actor Brian Manthega (ex-Shortland Street) was also campaigning at the event.

"I'm told climate change affects developing countries worse and I am from a developing country."

He said changing weather patterns in Zimbabwe showed climate change was affecting his home country.