[Sust-mar] VOTE: Climate alarm: September 21st
shipharbour at ns.sympatico.ca
Thu Aug 27 08:42:49 EDT 2009
Not sure if we can forward posts through sust-mar.... but this
campaign will be an important one.
Avaaz is an amazing organization!
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org" <avaaz at avaaz.org>
> Date: August 27, 2009 7:29:04 AM ADT
> Subject: Climate alarm: September 21st
> Dear friends,
> On climate, it's now or never. We have just over 100 days left to
> reach a new global treaty to avert climate disaster (and unleash a
> new green economy) -- but we're nowhere near getting it done.
> We have a choice to make: should we pull out all the stops this
> month to beat climate change?
> Avaaz is considering a massive, network-wide push for a "global
> wake-up call" to world leaders on September 21st. This would be the
> biggest organizing effort we've ever done, aiming to bring our
> whole network out (peacefully!) to the streets, ringing alarms,
> holding massive rallies in major cities, and gathering to send wake-
> up messages from schools, homes, and public squares. From all these
> places, we would flood world leaders with phone calls, and the
> actual sound of these millions of voices would be recorded,
> condensed and presented to heads of state at the UN climate summit
> in New York the next day.
> If we do this, Avaaz will spend the next 4 weeks almost non-stop on
> it, and it will take hundreds of thousands of us joining efforts to
> pull it together -- hosting and attending events, reaching out to
> our communities, using all our creativity and dedication. This is
> an important decision, and we need to make it together. From now
> until September 21 -- should we do it?
> The goal of our wake-up call is a big one: to convince the world's
> leaders to meet at the final climate talks in Copenhagen this
> December and sign an ambitious, fair and binding treaty to stop
> catastrophic climate change.
> Talks on the treaty have been building for years. Now, 100 days
> from Copenhagen, we're nearing a tipping point -- and a huge global
> roar could make the difference.
> If we take this on, we won't be alone. Avaaz has been working
> closely with a new, massive coalition of global civil society
> groups, from Oxfam to WWF to Greenpeace, to multiply the world's
> voices for climate action. The joint campaign's name is Tck Tck Tck
> -- the sound of a ticking clock, as time runs short. Every group
> involved shares the vision of success in Copenhagen, and we can't
> succeed without everyone. The question is -- should Avaaz make this
> climate wake-up call its #1 priority through September 21?
> Yes, make climate the #1 priority
> No, continue on as before
> It has been said that if the people lead, the leaders will follow.
> This is our time to lead. Politicians know as well as we do that
> it's time for action on climate change, but they fear the
> consequences of doing what's right. Let's show them they've got it
> backwards: the world will settle for nothing less than the right
> It's our decision: whether to wake up the world.
> With hope,
> Ben, Ricken, Taren, Iain, Alice, Paula, Graziela, and the whole
> Avaaz team
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