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Climate Wake-Up Call: Monday 21 Sept. 12:30 Museum Reserve

September 18, 2009

21 Sept wakeup call imageI received the following email from the Dunedin 350.org crew today.

Fellow concerned Dunedinites,
The need for urgent global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and avoid the worst effects of climate change, is becoming clearer each day. But so far, governments around the world – including our own – have not faced up to the scale of action required.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, world leaders will come together and attempt to finalise a new binding global agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. If this were held tomorrow, it would fail to deliver us a pathway to a future safe from dangerous levels of climate change. The only way to change this is with a massive ground-swell between now and then. Our governments need to know that we will hold them to account if they fail to deliver at Copenhagen.
Here in New Zealand, our government believes that doing our “fair share” of what is required means taking responsibility for reducing our emissions 10 – 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. This is dependent on several conditions, including that a global agreement is reached to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels (we’re already at +0.7°C). But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) advises that this will require the developed countries to collectively reduce their emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. So… does our current target sound fair to you?
In recent news, the government has also passed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, substantially weakening its effectiveness (though much less than the farm lobby would like). The changes amount to a wealth transfer from the general taxpayer to the large emitting industries; we will essentially be subsidising their emissions, thereby reducing their incentive to make cuts.
We need to deliver our leaders a wake-up call, for they are clearly dreaming if they believe that their current offers are acceptable. We will gather on the Museum Reserve at 12:30pm on Monday 21st September (rain or shine) with bells, whistles, horns, pots and spoons, or anything capable of making a bit of noise. We will make a couple of phone calls to some certain politicians (top your phone up!), and we will form a human sculpture in the shape of 350 – the safe concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere (see 350.org or 350.org.nz for more information).

Come and help us make one hell of a racket!

Register for the Dunedin Event on AVAAZ.org here
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