The desire of often quite disparate groups to come together to protest at G8 summits is becoming traditional even if "trade" and hence "globalisation" is not even on the agenda.
Throwing together the environmental and anti-poverty groups is one thing. Add some anarchists and old school communists and you get some rather odd bedfellows.
Perhaps this explains the contrast in the two photographs below.
Colourful and cheery environmental protesters?
Not so cheery and looking altogether rather glum set of protesters.
It would be useful if all the protesters at these meetings could (1) take an elementary economics course and (2) read Martin Wolf's book Why Globalization Works
I am sure we will return to this subject as it is important to get to the bottom of the "globalization and the environment" debate.
Are the environmental protesters anti-growth?
Are the environmental protesters anti-poverty?
Are the environmental protesters anti-technological progress?
Are all multi-nationals bad for the envrionment?
Is trade bad for the environment?