Australia’s fearless flanker David Pocock shows sport and politics can mix  

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The Guardian has an article on Australi's highest profile global warming activist and the player who is most likely to determine if we win the rugby world cup tonight - Australia’s fearless flanker David Pocock shows sport and politics can mix

At the start of this week the story broke that Pocock had signed an open letter calling on world leaders to discuss a ban on new coal mines at the United Nations climate change meeting in Paris this December. His was only one of 61 signatures, along with the likes of novelist Richard Flanagan and the nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty. But, five days out from the biggest game of Pocock’s life, his was the name in the headlines. And because it was there, the story had a reach that it wouldn’t have had otherwise.

It wasn’t the first time. Last November, Pocock was one of a group of protesters who broke into the coal mine at Maules Creek in New South Wales. He, and they, were all with the group 350.org, a grassroots movement which aims to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.

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