Copenhagen is weeks away and it's clear that our leaders need to keep hearing from us that now is the time for real action on climate change. 350.org is organizing candlelight vigils in the middle of the climate negotiations, right after President Obama visits Copenhagen and addresses the world. 350.org is asking people to select an iconic place in their community and gather family, friends and neighbors to send a message. Here's Bill McKibben, author, professor and founder of 350.org:
The United States now holds a big key to unlock this process, and we need Obama and the U.S. Congress to turn that key--which is why many of the candlelight vigils will take place at U.S. senate offices, and at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.
The timing here is crucial: the vigils are part of a huge mobilization on the weekend of December 12th, mid-way through the negotiations. The climate talks will build to a head a few days later, as our allies and champions--people like President Nasheed of the Maldives--struggle to get a document that represents "a survival pact, not a suicide pact." They have said repeatedly that their survival depends on getting back to 350, and it will help them immensely if delegates from other nations know that back home people are keeping up the pressure and demanding a real deal. I'll be in Copenhagen on the weekend of December 12th to help organize a vigil with the 350.org team--and my hope is that you can join this effort by organizing a vigil locally.
Click this link to start a local vigil: www.350.org/vigil
Or this link to search for one near you: www.350.org/map
The US announced yesterday that it will bring an emissions reductions target "in the range" of 17 percent of 2005 levels to Copenhagen. China today announced its own commitment: a 40-45 percent reduction of 2005 levels in what it calls "carbon intensity."