Citizens of the World Push Leaders to Action On Climate Change
Today, I received an email with news of a global petition addressed to all the world's leaders in Copenhagen, which calls for strong action to curb human induced climate change. I am inspired that over thirteen million people have added their e-signatures! Here's the email I received (with slight contextual editing). If you are in accord, please add your name to this historic global citizen's petition. I believe we humans can respond to the problems we're causing on Earth through over-population and over-consumption.
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Wow. Yesterday, the media was calling the crucial Copenhagen climate summit dead on arrival.
But 24 hours later, after millions of petition signatures, hundreds of thousands of phone calls, and a massive outcry across the planet, a deal could be back on!
Leaders are frantically doing in hours what they've failed to do for years, but we're still far from a pact that will stop catastrophic global warming of 2 degrees -- and the talks could still collapse. We know our pressure is working, let's use these crucial final hours to ramp it up, and get a real deal, not a dressed-up weak agreement. Sign the global citizen's petition calling on world leaders in Copenhagen to take action on human induced climate chage, and forward this page to everyone:
The petition has become the centre of the global revolt against failure in Copenhagen. The names of petition signers are being read out by young people who have taken over spaces in the Copenhagen summit and in governments round the world, including the US State Department and the Canadian Prime Minister's office.
Amazingly, leaders themselves are appealing to the public for action. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an impassioned appeal to 3000 Avaaz members on a global conference call on Wednesday, calling for an historic 48 hour internet based campaign from citizens around the world, calling our impact crucial. Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu also appealed to the world at one of 3000 vigils organized by our movement, proclaiming "We marched in South Africa and apartheid fell, we marched in Berlin and the wall fell, we marched on Copenhagen and we WILL get a real deal".
History is being made in Copenhagen, but so far, it's not being made by leaders, but by us, millions of people round the world who are directly engaging, hour by hour, like never before, in the fight to save our planet. The pressure is working, let's ramp it up.
With hope and determination,
Ricken, Alice, Iain, Ben, Paul, Luis, Graziela, Benjamin, Pascal, Veronique, Paula and the whole Avaaz team.
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