I write this by copied an email sent by Avaaz.org, an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making. Let’s send our voice by sign in online petition to push the US, Canada and Japan government to change their mindset.
We-the Avaaz team-are here at the climate summit in Bali — but it’s reached crisis point. Working late, negotiators were nearing consensus that developed countries should pledge post-Kyoto emissions cuts by 2020–a step which the scientists say is needed to avert the worst ravages of global warming, and which will help to bring China and the developing world onboard. But then the news broke: the US, Canada and Japan rejected any mention of such cuts. Every few hours the draft changes.
We can’t let three governments hold the world to ransom: so we’re launching a global emergency petition before the summit climax in 48 hours. We’ll deliver our message every way we can — a stark full-page advertisement in the Financial Times Asia, stunts at the conference gates, direct to country delegations — telling Canada, Japan and the US to accept the option of post-Kyoto targets, and the rest of the world to settle for nothing less.
Please take a moment right now to sign the new global emergency petition at this link, then tell all your friends: http://www.avaaz.org/bali_emergency/2.php
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the expiring Kyoto pact, but Japan, the US and Canada don’t seem to want a workable global deal to follow it. There is almost universal agreement in Bali that the idea of 2020 climate targets should be included, making possible a deal to bring the developing world onboard over time. As the news links below make clear, the US, Japan and Canada are destroying that delicate bargain, not even allowing the idea to be mentioned.
We’re doing everything we can. Tens of thousands of Canadian Avaaz members have launched an ad campaign telling their government not to betray them — our Japanese members are emailing their leaders — while our American members will send their own message to Bali as Al Gore and Congressional and local representatives land there, asking negotiators to ignore the official US delegation because it does not represent them.
Coming from every country on earth, all of us can play a direct role in the Bali face-off by signing this global emergency petition — delivered at the summit gates, in a full-page Financial Times ad, and direct to delegates. Act now and spread the word — we have just 48 hours:
With determination and hope,
Paul, Ricken, Galit, Ben, Iain, Graziela, Milena and the whole Avaaz team
PS This article explains a bit of what’s going on:
The New Scientist has more detail here:
We’re in the thick of things here at Bali — Avaaz was the only organization allowed to demonstrate inside the fortified summit Saturday. As hundreds of thousands marched around the world, we brought over half a million voices to the heart of the decision-making venue, carrying big banners and scores of country flags. We’ve also been hosting the daily Fossil Awards of the Climate Action Network, the umbrella of all the NGOs here â€“ see http://www.avaaz.org/fossils.
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