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While the world's attention is elsewhere, the global negotiations to tackle the climate crisis are reaching a crunch point. Talks are underway in Poland and Brussels to hammer out a deal that should lead to a new and powerful global treaty. But now, Italy, Germany, and Poland itself are aggressively undermining the talks. If these countries' leaders -- Merkel, Berlusconi and Tusk -- don't change course now, Europe will fail to reach a unified position, which could unravel the entire global process. Here at the Poland UN conference and at the EU talks in Brussels, Avaaz has secured face-to-face meetings with key climate negotiators. We'll hand the diplomats fresh public opinion polls on climate plus this petition:
A bold EU climate package is critical to the global climate negotiations. Europe must honour their promise to increase binding, carbon-cutting commitments to at least 30% by 2020 if a global deal is reached; and provide leadership in the United Nations talks to deliver a powerful new global agreement.
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For the last year, the US, Canada, and Japan have been the worst obstructionists in climate talks -- as more than 300,000 of us helped expose in Bali. But now, Bush, Fukuda and Harper are gone or heading out the door. A breakthrough could be near as we approach the final stretch... if only Europe weren't on the verge of abandoning its ambitious climate program. Coal and heavy industry lobbies are using the financial crisis as a smokescreen to block progress. Due to Germany, Italy, and Poland, the European Union is deadlocked in Brussels -- and ineffective at the United Nations talks. We must succeed this week to have any chance of building the road map to the final UN meeting in Copenhagen next year. In all three countries, it's not too late. We can show these governments that their own citizens and the rest of the world will not settle for anything less than strong climate action. Avaaz is commissioning independent opinion polls on climate in all three countries, building a massive global petition for delivery in meetings and stunts at the UN and EU talks, and launching a major media campaign to shame, cajole, and encourage EU leaders to do the right thing.
Click here to add your name to the petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/europe_climate_crunch_time/?cl=153297611&v=2501
Or click here if you don't wish to sign:http://www.avaaz.org/en/europe_climate_no/?cl=153297611&v=2501
Before Obama takes the helm, the next step in the world's response to climate change depends on European leadership. Here's what we need Europe to bring to the global table: 30% emissions cut by 2020 if a global deal is reached, 100% auctioning of permits, and a strict compliance regime to ensure targets are met. The EU's climate policy will electrify or dampen the international negotiations in Poland, while setting the stage for the final meeting in Copenhagen. For all of us who have ever been concerned about climate change, now's the time to send a message calling for leadership and vision. By the time we reach the new year, Europe's policy will be sealed, and with it much of the global response to the climate crisis.
With determination, Ben, Iain, Brett, Graziela, Ricken, Paula, Milena, Paul, Alice, Pascal -- and the rest of the Avaaz team
There are many communities making moves to reduce their carbon footprints. As well as Ashton Hayes, there’s Chew Magna (with a strong carbon-offsetting element), Redhill (sustainableredhill.org.uk), Dorking (QuakerGreenAction), and the wasteless society in Bishops Castle. A total of around 150 groups.
The Low Carbon Communities Network is holding a conference in Llangollen on Saturday 4th October. Speakers and supporters for this year include Mark Lynas, Penney Poyzer, George Marshall, Paul Kingsnorth, Church Stretton Climate Care, Going Carbon Neutral Stirling and “many other exciting and inspiring presenters”. Funded by Artists Project Earth, it’s free to community groups. For details of the venue, transport and accommodation see http://www.low.communitycarbon.net. They’re taking online registrations at http://tinyurl.com/3os3f7.
Or - phone Tracey on 01829 752 147
For Tracey’s blog, see http://lowcarbondiary.communitycarbon.net/
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