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Monday, 8 September 2014

London’s big day on climate, 21 September — Avaaz

From Emma Ruby Sachs — Avaaz

In just under two weeks thousands of us will flood the streets of London as a part of the biggest climate mobilisation in history -- Click to join the People’s Climate March: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/event/climate/Peoples_Climate_March_London/?source=blast&cl=5759482900&v=44988


Dear friends,

The delicate balance of the planet's biosphere is tipping -- threatening all life on earth. It’s our "holy shit" climate moment according to a NASA scientist and we need a holy shit response to change the future. World leaders meet at the UN in less than 100 days -- we can push them to act by greeting them with the largest march against climate change in history, joining from right here in London:

The last ice age happened in 6 months. 6 months for the planet to unleash a giant wall of ice across central Europe and the Northern Hemisphere. This is what happens when we hit a climate 'tipping point', and right now we're rushing towards 3 more of these catastrophic reactions.

It's our "holy shit" climate moment according to a leading NASA scientist, and only a holy shit massive coordinated day of action response, right now, can change the future we're facing.

One agreement with common sense steps to end dirty energy can save us. That's why the UN has called an urgent climate meeting next month with all major world leaders — if we greet them on September 21st with the largest ever global climate mobilisation in history, we can break through the walls of mega coal, oil, and business that prevent even the best politicians from doing what is right.

There's no way to get around how big a task this is. But together, each small action will add up into a millions-strong movement that literally drowns out the opposition and gives our leaders the best reason to break free and build a hopeful, clean and green future. Click below to join in:


"Tipping points" are feedback loops, where climate change feeds back on itself and causes rapidly accelerating, catastrophic consequences. Right now, methane gas that is 25 times worse for global warming than CO2 is frozen into arctic ice. But as the ice melts, the gas escapes into the atmosphere, increasing global warming, and melting, and releasing more and more gas... everything starts to spin out of control. And that's just one example. These tipping points why scientists are yelling from the rooftops that we have to act now.

We actually have the tools and the plan we need to make sure we don't cross into a world where tipping points destroy us. And while it will take global cooperation on a bigger scale than ever before, our 38 million-strong movement already has real people power to help move leaders from every country to take the first steps. Recently, the United States and China announced serious new plans to curb their carbon pollution. Momentum is building ahead of next year's critical Paris climate summit where a deal could be inked, and next month we can take it up a notch further.

Taking to the streets in a record setting show of power and coordination is one of the most effective ways to create change -- from the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa to civil rights in the US, it's sometimes been the only way. This is our chance to bring that power to the most important issue of our time: survival and a thriving future for our families, and their families and the generations of people to come. Click below to be a part of it all:


We know we can do this… and do it big. When our community was just 3 million people we held 3,000 actions on the same day to protect our planet. We're now 38 million strong, ten times the size! Imagine what we can achieve together now.

With so much hope for our future,

Emma, Iain, David, Lisa, Ricken, Jooyea, Diego, Michael and the rest of the Avaaz team


Global warming: it's a point of no return in West Antarctica. What happens next? (The Guardian)

A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change (Rolling Stone)

Mini ice age took hold of Europe in months (New Scientist)

Report: Prepare for climate tipping points (Politico)

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