The World Lights Up For 3-Point ‘Real Deal’ on December 12th

December 11, 2009

Millions of Citizens in Over 130 Countries Unite with Candlelight Vigils to Call for Progress in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On December 12, millions of people from around the globe will come together for a massive day of action in a series of candlelight vigils, from the melting glaciers of Nepal to the sinking shores of Fiji.

The events draw a line between success and failure at the Copenhagen Climate Conference by calling for a 3-point “Real Deal” that is:

Fair - $200 Billion in climate financing for poorer countries.

Ambitious – a deal that meets the science, peaking emissions by 2015 in order to lower carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million.

Binding – a legally enforceable deal.

At a special vigil in Copenhagen, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chair of The Elders’, Desmond Tutu, will be joined by former Irish President Mary Robinson, to deliver the global citizen’s message to negotiators and leaders. Mr. Tutu urged leaders to take bold action, “Leaders of the world – we need a real deal on climate change in Copenhagen.” He continued, “Millions of people, especially the very poor, are already suffering due to changing weather patterns, droughts and floods. But none of us will be immune from climate change, we are all in this together and there is no time to lose.”

Ricken Patel, executive director of global campaign network Avaaz.org, one of the organizations driving the day of action said, “These events show the huge level of global public concern that negotiations are falling short of the Real Deal that is needed to avert climate catastrophe. Our leaders have heard from major corporations and big polluters for a long time. On December 12, they must listen to citizens.”

Many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Bill McKibben, author and founder of the environmental organization 350.org, said, “People of every faith, rich and poor, on every continent have spoken clearly in the last few months, rallying around the 350 target.” McKibben continued, “If ordinary citizens understand the science, our leaders have no excuse for not producing a deal that meets the scale of the crisis.”

So far over 10 million people have signed on to the ‘Real Deal’ as part of the TckTckTck campaign. Kumi Naidoo chair of TckTckTck said, “This Saturday people everywhere will remind their leaders that the Copenhagen Climate Summit is not a photo op, it is not a place for speeches, we are watching and we are demanding a real deal.”

The December 12 day of action is coordinated by a coalition of major environmental and anti-poverty organizations as well as faith, civic and youth networks – called the TCKTCKTCK campaign, for the ticking-clock urgency of climate change.

Note to editors:

The TckTckTck campaign is a broad alliance of faith and youth groups, trade unions and non-governmental organizations including Avaaz.org, 350.org, Oxfam, Greenpeace, and WWF calling for a new international climate treaty that is fair, ambitious and binding. Over 10 million individuals have already pledged support online: http://www.tcktcktck.org

SOURCE TckTckTck campaign

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