Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Join Us – tck tck tck Flashmob Wake Up Call

I wrote the following for C-Day: Fill the Hill -

As I write this, we are 82 days away from the climate talks in Copenhagen, where world representatives are expected to come up with a climate treaty that sets new binding targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Their decisions will significantly affect all of us and our descendants throughout this century and beyond. They better get this one right.

Let’s help them and, more to the point, the Canadian government do the right thing.

We’re going to do a little warm up to C-Day’s massive Ottawa rally Oct 24. Join Gracen, Aiden, Adam, myself and the gang for a little flashmob on Monday, Sept 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. It’s part of AVAAZ’s and’s tcktcktick campaign, and one of hundreds of similar events happening world-wide.

Let us know you’ll be joining us by visiting:

RSVP – Global Climate Wake Up Call – Toronto flash mob

Facebook group – C-Day, Fill the Hill…tck tck tck

Not in TO? Create your own flash mob
This is what we’re going to do

We’re all going to convene at noon at the south west corner of Yonge-Dundas Square. Arm yourself with your cell phone, iPhone, Blackberry or whatever you have. We’re going to coordinate our phone clocks and set our alarms to 12:18 (signifying Dec 18 Copenhagen climate talks). Then we’re going to disperse. At 12:18, our alarms go off, we join, make noise (bring noise makers, why not?), and email/call our MPs and the Environment Minister to let them know we want Canada to support science-based GHG reduction targets. Someone will film all of this and send the footage to AVAAZ to send to the UN.

We’ll also hand out Postcards to Prentice and info on C-Day Fill the Hill. Some of us will also be wearing C-Day shirts, each with a large letter which will spell out Climate Day when assembled together.

What’s at Stake

Our government remains committed to reducing Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2006 levels by 2020 and 60 to 70 percent by 2050.

Enviro Minister Jim Prentice tells us that Canada has the tar sands to keep in mind. We tell him that this is absolutely unacceptable. Canada’s targets fall far far below science-based targets of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 to 90 percent by 2050. The government seems to think that it is possible to negotiate with mother nature. We Canadians need to remind the government that no one, not even the Canadian government, can negotiate with the planet. We need to steer away from the carbon economy and shift into green.

The timing is absolutely critical. Too much is at stake. Join us! Email Prentice and your MP. Join us on Sept 21 and join us on Oct 24. Help make climate change history.

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