Wow Bali

Posted on December 19th, 2007 by RYK

 German Avaaz member Alya delivers 400,000 signature petition to G8 Summit Chair of negotiations
German Avaaz member Alya delivers 400,000 signature petition to G8 Summit Chair of negotiations

Wow – on Saturday, in desperate last-minute negotiations, the world faced down an effort by the US, Canada and Japan to wreck the crucial Bali Climate Change Summit. Over 600,000 Avaaz members mobilized to save the Bali talks, including 320,000 in the final 72 hours! Click below to read the whole story with photos and videos:

Arriving in Bali, most countries wanted to work towards a new global treaty on climate change as well as new targets for carbon emissions by rich countries. But late last week, the US and Canada teamed up to undermine the talks — the US blocked the whole Bali summit consensus, and when a smaller group of Kyoto treaty countries tried to move ahead without the US, they were blocked by Canada. The summit was in danger of deadlock.

The Avaaz community flew into action, signing and spreading petitions to each of the governments, supporting ad campaigns in Bali and Canada, marches around the world, and phoning and lobbying elected officials. At the summit, Avaaz members brought the storm of public criticism inside the conference walls with the only march allowed inside the venue, the largest climate petition delivery in history, daily press conferences and “fossil awards” for the worst countries in the negotiations, and constant lobbying of officials.

In the final hours of the summit, Canada backed down completely and allowed Kyoto countries to agree to strong 2020 targets on carbon emissions, and the US team, now entirely isolated and actually booed by the world’s diplomats, compromised and agreed to call for “deep cuts” and “reference” the 2020 targets. This paved the way for the summit to agree to sign a new global climate change treaty by 2009.

Usually these conferences are stuffy diplomatic affairs – but this time the world was watching, and speaking, each day. Together, we brought people-powered politics to the halls of power, and put our governments on notice: in the fight to save our environment, we will not be spectators. Click below to see a report on this campaign with videos and pictures:

This is just the beginning. Every nation of the world has now agreed that they will enter into accelerated negotiations and, by 2009, sign a new treaty to confront global warming. We need this treaty to set binding global targets for carbon emissions, and a mechanism for meeting them, that keep the earth’s temperature from rising more than 2 degrees celsius – the amount that scientists say would be ‘catastrophic’. Such a treaty will change the world’s economy forever, weaning us off oil and fossil fuels to cleaner sources of energy. Some leaders, in the pocket of the oil industry, will fight it tooth and nail all the way. And we will too. A great struggle to save our environment has begun, and this weekend, we showed together that the people of the world aren’t intending to sit this one out.

With much respect and appreciation for this amazing community of people,

Ricken, Ben, Milena, Paul, Iain, Sarah, Galit, Pascal and the whole Avaaz Team.

13 Responses to “Wow Bali”

  1. RYK says:

    Hi, this is the actual email I received from Avaaz earlier today and felt it would be nice to share.

  2. BO says:

    Wow,great story! I must admit,i always thought it was a lost cause trying to save our global environment from decline.The first i’ve heard of Avaaz,i’m amazed,gonna keep my eye on this,Thanks RYK.

  3. Gary says:

    I’ve not read the article but that bird would get a game.

    even if she is a kraut

    • RYK says:

      better go sign up for a good cause then !

      • fab says:

        Great story RYK – do you know there guys?

        Thanks for sharing and the little things can make a big difference, huh!

        LOL GARY, Naughty Gary!

        Tell us though, a game of what?

        • Gary says:

          ‘the little things can make a big difference’

          are you a dwarf sympathiser fab?

          definite dwarf subliminals at work here.

          A game of what?

          A sort of game of risk.

          I would look to ‘invade’ Germany by a number of ‘borders’.

  4. It’s never a lost cause to save the environment. Glad to hear that people are finally getting our bigger nations to agree to some stringent changes.

  5. Lib says:

    I appreciate the mentality but I can’t help thinking that it’s all a bit too late.

    • sarah says:

      Hmm, I’m not so sure, dare I bring it to the table again, nature will cancel itself out one way or another as the air will remain clean. You know we are considerdd, as humans, one of the most primative lifeforms ever to grace the earth, allowing for all the destruction I tend to agree.

  6. Gary says:

    erm sarah

    if I may

    we are considered one of the most primitive life forms to be on earth?

    by who?

    serious question

  7. sarah says:

    By ME!

    We are, we are regressing, dammit.

    Wiping ourselves out like bacteria on a petri dish.
    Appreciate the lady would ‘ get a game’ but what is your take on the article?

  8. Gary says:

    who do you consider the most advanced life form on the planet then Sarah?

    Not read the article yet. Will get back to you.

    But ultimately the green thing is a smokescreen- it won’t make any difference at all. Plus Al Gore and his green agenda is peppered with nonsense and scare-mongering.

    • RYK says:

      massive growth in wealth and standards of living are leading to unsustainable consumption of the planet’s resources. There needs to be intense focus on developing techniques to consume resources in a more efficient way, so that when the 1 billion improvised and starving people in India and 1 billion in China start consuming as much beer, tv, playboy, broccoli, gucci and ferrari as the rest of the world does, the planet does not look like mars.

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