4th December 2010: Global Day of Action
Called by Global Climate Campaign.
International Demonstrations on Climate Change at the time of the United Nations Talks on climate change (COP16/MOP6) in Cancun, Mexico.
The global climate campaign is working to publicise and promote plans for demonstrations on climate change, to coincide with the annual United Nations Climate Talks which are taking place this year (COP16/MOP6) in Cancun, Mexico on November 29th to December 10th 2010.
The campaign plans synchronised demonstrations around the world on Saturday December 4th 2010 – in as many places as possible – to call on world leaders to take urgent action on climate change.
After the disappointing results from the Copenhagen conference last year it is clear that the job of achieving a fair and effective global agreement on climate change is far from done. The consensus among scientists is that we have ten years or less to stop and reverse the global growth in greenhouse gas emissions before ‘runaway’ climate change becomes uncontrollable. The need for fair and effective international collaboration to achieve this becomes more urgent every year. Our next chance to achieve an agreement that will deliver this is during the Cancun Talks in December. We feel therefore that there is an overwhelming need to demonstrate a global will for urgent and effective action at this time.
The ‘Call to Action’ for the demonstrations is as follows: “We demand that world leaders take the urgent and resolute action that is needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate, so that the entire world can move as rapidly as possible to a stronger emissions reductions treaty which is both equitable and effective in minimising dangerous climate change.
We demand that the long-industrialised countries that have emitted most greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere take responsibility for climate change mitigation by immediately reducing their own emissions as well as investing in a clean energy revolution in the developing world. Developed countries must take their fair share of the responsibility to pay for the adaptive measures that have to be taken, especially by low-emitting countries with limited economic resources.
Climate change will hit the poorest first and hardest. All who have the economic means to act, must therefore urgently and decisively do so.”
How you can get involved:
- We know that many groups are interested in organising events on this day, either on their own or as part of national climate coalitions.
- To help build for these demonstrations please check your country on the website: http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org/ to find a local contact, or if there is not yet one listed think about calling for a demonstration.
- The events could be a place to showcase personal stories from the climate justice toolkit which you have collected at local or national level, or using other stories from across Europe.