If you happen to be passing by the State Department today around 12:45pm-1:30pm, or after reading this decide to intentionally stop by to lend your voice, you'll be greeted by a sea of green-hardhat-wearing campaigners calling for a environmentally focused economy and a binding global climate treaty. Climate advocacy groups will host a Green Economy Construction Zone outside the State Department on today Monday, April 27 during a meeting of the world's 17 largest economies working in collaboration to mitigate climate change. Around a hundred concerned citizens wearing green hardhats and recycled coveralls will erect a wind turbine and build a wall of international support for global action to stop catastrophic climate change and construct a green economy.
The Major Economies Forum, a grouping first created by George W. Bush, has been revived by President Barack Obama to discuss climate and energy policy in the lead-up to the UN-sponsored Copenhagen summit at the end of the year, where a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol is due to be signed.
Spearheading the action are Avaaz.org and 350.org "Avaaz" means "Voice" in many Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European languages and this global web movement puts forth its mission as closing the gap between "the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want." "This is Obama's first big test on the international climate stage," said Ben Wikler, Avaaz.org's Campaign Director. "There is a window of opportunity over the next eight months to rebuild our global economy for a sustainable future. We can create a cleaner, low-carbon world economy with millions of new green jobs, but to do so Obama can and must lead the world to a strong binding global treaty at Copenhagen."
Phil Aroneanu with 350.org said, "While the MEF is important, the best way to build a global clean energy economy is to set strong emission reduction targets in Copenhagen this December. The stronger the targets, the quicker we can begin this economic rebirth. Obama must lead the way by strengthening his commitment to immediate action on global warming."