There Will Be Bells - the Global Climate Wake-Up Call

Fri, 2009-09-11 10:52Kevin Grandia
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There Will Be Bells - the Global Climate Wake-Up Call

There will be a lot of noise around the world on Sept. 21st when people all over the globe - from New York to Guatemala to Dakar - join together in a Global Climate Wake Up Call.

Organized by the amazing folks at Avaaz, Oxfam, Greenpeace and 350.org the Global Wake-Up Call , will see people from all walks of life get together in public places to sound the alarm and urge our political leaders to stand up and take bold action at the Copenhagen Climate Treaty Summit scheduled for December of this year.

These will be peaceful, spontaneous “flash mobs” in public places where people will sound the alarms on their mobile phones, flood their governments with phone calls urging climate action, and make a tremendous noise. The images, sounds, and videos will be stitched together overnight for presentation to world leaders at the United Nations the next day.

To say that the Copenhagen Summit is a key moment in our history would be the understatement of the century. At this meeting our government representatives will decide the path we will take for the next decade: Will we continue to allow the unabated burning of dirty fossil fuels like coal and oil? Or will go down a path that starts to reduce this over reliance on fossil fuels and begins to take full advantage of clean, healthy, cheap and unlimited power sources like the sun and the wind?

Actions like the Global Wake-Up Call are important because they give politicians the space they need to make the right decision. If they know that they have the support of their people, they will feel emboldened to be the leaders we need them to be in Copenhagen.

People are already stepping up big time, with over 350 events planned in 54 countries - there’s probably one already in the works in your town. So tweet about it, Facebook it, blog about it, email your friends and ask them in turn to email the Global Wake Up Call along to their friends and most importantly show up.

Here’s an interactive map of all the events already planned for September 21st. Wouldn’t it be cool to see this entire map blotted out by actions all over the world?

Comments

There will be bells and I think the politicians are starting to like the tune. It gives them cover as they introduce legislation to suit their own ends. It isn't all about climate for governments. It's about seizing an opportunity for increased power.

Oh Rick, we should have known. Except, why do you believe that it is a conspiracy of idiot politicians, few of whom can agree on their priorities, rather than a conspiracy of people who get filthy rich by selling oil and are unwilling to give up the advantages - the huge, huge advantages - that accrue to them as long as the rest of us keep wrecking the environment? Just asking …

I think you're quite right if you think that oil men want to make money and don't care about the environment and are perfectly willing to spin whatever story helps the bottom line.

I think you're quite wrong if you think politicians are going to fix the problem.

… but you’re opting to forego treatment on the basis that you mistrust the inevitable “physician.” Where does that leave us? The world is screwed, so screw the world?

21st Sept, the global-wake- up- call day will definitely urge the government all over the world to take some mutual actions to save the world from the climatic catastrophe. Such measures can never be taken by a single Government. Copenhagen Climate Treaty Summit will definitely help the world to join hands for preserving environment.
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a big fly in the ointment is this: the whole point of being a nation is independence, going it alone, not hand holding with others.

There's a reason why there are more and more nations - spirit of independence.

The entire world, if you stand back and look at it, amounts to 250 paranoid, heavily armed camps. Sometimes they put in a show of getting along, but always they keep a grip on the dagger.

I think you're quite right if you think that oil men want to make money and don't care about the environment and are perfectly willing to spin whatever story helps the bottom line.

I think you're quite wrong if you think politicians are going to fix the problem.

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