Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Harper "Stands Up" - Against The Global Environment...

Avaaz.org just sent out this invite to sign an important petition to help fight climate change and global warming...  We urge everyone to sign it.  Harper could well be embarrassed globally...

Dear friends,
The G8's climate goal could be scrapped, as Canada, Russia, and Japan try to block a commitment to cap warming below 2 degrees. With street stunts and top-level meetings, Avaaz will bring a global voice to the summit in Italy, calling for climate action -- 

Sign The Petition!

The world has just months left to agree on a binding global climate treaty-- humanity's best shot at preventing catastrophic global warming of more than 2 degrees celsius.

This week at the Italian-hosted G8 summit, Stephen Harper is trying to veto the 2-degree limit -- and an immediate nationwide outcry is needed to stop him.

Click below to sign the petition to Harper and other G8 leaders -- an Avaaz team in Italy will deliver it directly in meetings and through spectacular stunts on Thursday, bringing global media attention to shame the climate-wreckers and press them to back down. We urgently need at least 100,000 signatures -- click to sign:


Scientists say that if global warming rises past two degrees centigrade, the world's climate systems are very likely to spin out of control -- with searing droughts, sudden floods, and rising seas that spread poverty and force hundreds of millions to relocate. 

In fact, such climate effects have already begun -- but we may be able to avert the worst, if urgent UN negotiations succeed this year in reaching a binding treaty. The UN talks, culminating in Copenhagen just six months from now, could launch a historic shift towards a clean-energy, green-recovery future that leaves the climate safe for future generations. But a few nations -- now led by Canada, Russia, and Japan -- have blocked-up the climate talks, endangering the treaty and our future.

The G8 leaders -- joined by eleven other heads of government at a parallel "Major Economies" meeting next door -- represent more than 80% of climate emissions. And this is the leaders' last in-person negotiation before the make-or-break Copenhagen summit

We know last-moment pressure can change their policies: Avaaz members and other citizen groups flipped Canada and Japan's position in the closing hours of the Bali UN climate summit in 2007, and campaigners won promises to double aid to Africa at the Gleneagles G8 meeting in 2005. (Of course, Italy's Berlusconi and others have betrayed those promises -- a reminder that we must insist on a legally bindingtreaty on climate.) Canada's Harper, Japan's Aso, and other leaders could face elections in coming weeks and months -- they can't afford global embarrassment at this summit. Sign the petition, send it to friends, and help rescue the climate target now:


From time to time in history, the forces align that make possible a fundamental shift in the conduct of human affairs. This year could be such a time. If we seize this moment -- if we choose, this year, to remake our economies and rebuild our relationship to the fragile ecosystems that sustain us -- we will leave our grandchildren a legacy etched in the burgeoning of glaciers and the currents of the sea.

Humanity's choice will be the sum of the decisions made by each of us, in our private lives and in our political actions. Together, let's choose the future.

With hope, 

Ben, Taren, Iain, Alice W, Luis, Ricken, Pascal, Paula, Graziela, Paul, Brett, Milena, Margaret, Alice, Raluca, Raj, and the whole Avaaz team. post signature



Anonymous said...

Glo-bull Warming is fraud, those who believe are nothing more than useful idiots.

WesternGrit said...

Normally we don't post anonymous comments, but every once in a while (OK, MOST of the time) they offer such a window into the true thoughts of the Conservative "government", that we just HAVE TO post them...

Enjoy the "Anon 3:36" comment everyone!

Cari said...

I received a letter and signed it and sent it to a friend.

Anonymous said...

"According to NASA scientists, the greatest influence on climate change isn't human activity. It turns out that solar activity has the greatest impact on our climate. The Space & Science Research Center (SSRC) recently posted an article on spaceandscience.net that states a period of global cooling will be taking place in the coming years. I've attached the weblink to the article here (http://www.spaceandscience.net/id16.html). In a nutshell, the sun isn't generating as many sunspots, which have a tremendous impact on our planet. As a result of there being fewer sunspots, the Earth will begin to cool. Also, these periods of warming & cooling have long been a part of the Earth's history, even before man came into being.

What's most interesting is how we haven't heard about this in the media. I guess they're caught up in the new, acceptable religion known as global warming. Which I guess makes Al Gore our new lord & savior. I wonder if I'll be charged with heresy for writing this. I also wonder how the news media of today would have covered the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. They probably would have given us headlines like this: "IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!"

So don't be so quick to stock up on bikinis, suntan lotion & beach towels in preparation for global warming. You may need to stock up on winter parkas, snowshoes & anti-freeze instead."

LMA said...

Happy to add my name to the petition. We need leadership on climate change, and we need it now.

SMcKay said...

Isn't the phrase "useful idiots" an oxymoron?

WesternGrit said...

Gotta love the "Anon" Conservative comments... Once again posted for your enjoyment.

For any Conservative who had "no clue", there was a name change from the common use of "global warming" to the term "climate change". Fact is, some areas of the world will get warmer, while a lot will get colder too... The TREND, however, is upward on a GLOBAL level - as CLEARLY EVIDENCED by the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps. Tell the polar bears there is no "global warming"...

While you Big Oil hacks will continue to obfuscate and try to muddy the conversation, most of us in the scientific community agree that we're into a warming cycle. The human input HAS made a difference. Let's put that into another perspective: You're on your way to a car crash. You have a big SUV, so you think you're safe... So safe that you don't want to wear a seatbelt - it "constricts your lifestyle" (somewhat like cutting back fuel consumption will "cramp" ours'). Any sane person would say, yes, we should wear our seatbelt... It will lessen the impact.

Fact IS human activity is adding to the problem. We can help prevent millions of deaths around the world by acting to lessen the impact (we're past the point of no return now)...

We're having the classic conversation between people who don't want "their style cramped" (the "me, me, me" greedy folks and their ignorant minions" - typical conservatives), and the poor, the working classes, and the learned classes (typical liberals, centrists, and leftists)... At some point in human history a change will occur where the overall benefit of the collective and species survival is more important than a few (less than 5%) greedy pigs.