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Pedestrians paused on the sidewalks and curious storekeepers emerged from boutiques at the sound of marching band music echoing through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward.

As the music grew louder, onlookers watched an approaching parade of people carrying signs with slogans such as “The Earth is my home” and “Economics should protect the environment.” The occasion Monday was the Rainbow Parade to Stop Climate Change, organized by environmental groups, scholars and concerned citizens in preparation for the upcoming Kyoto conference on the prevention of global warming.

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