The threat of catastrophic climate change is at the top of Avaaz members' concerns -- and bold action on climate is supported in nearly every country in the world. In January 2007, many leaders still refused to even recognize the crisis -- so Avaaz launched a "climate wake-up call" TV ad in four continents, kicking off a multi-year campaign for a strong successor to the Kyoto Protocol. Avaaz has since delivered millions of climate petition signatures to key leaders, including the environment ministers of all the G8 countries, top members of the US Congress, leaders in Brazil and Germany, and, in coalition with partners, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda before the Hokkaido G8 summit.

Phone calls work. We've been amazed in recent months at what flooding leaders' offices with thousands of calls can do. 14000 calls reversed the Brazilian President's position on a key rainforest law, 3000 convinced the German Chancellor's party to attend climate forums, and a few hundred got an immediate response from the French President's top aide. In an age when most leaders are heavily insulated from the people they should work for, phone calls are how we break through.

That's why many of Monday's gatherings are 'flash' events focused on making calls. It's easy -- just head to the event location with our phone alarms set for the start time, hold our phones up and converge when the alarms go off, take a group picture (with phones held high) to be delivered to leaders the next day, and then make our wake up calls! The entire event will emerge and disappear within a few minutes, but together this global mobilization could leave a lasting effect on climate change efforts.

We have just 78 days left until the final UN meeting in Copenhagen, where we'll succeed or fail to get an historic global treaty to place binding global limits on carbon pollution, stop a climate catastrophe and unleash a new clean and green economy. Our leaders are nowhere near success, they're not even planning on going to Copenhagen. Let's send them a wake up call they won't forget.

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Sept. 18, 2009
Guðrún Arndís Tryggvadóttir „Vöknum til vitundar um loftslagsmál“, Náttú Sept. 18, 2009 URL: [Skoðað:Dec. 9, 2022]
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