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International Climate Action Day: 24th October 2010

The European project EGS (Energy-Education-Governance-Schools) supports the International Climate Action Day on October 24th. “We call all schools in Europe to join the action day, to carry out local actions and to publish these actions at the website www.350.org/”, says the project manager, Marco Devetta.

The average global temperature has been increasing since industrialisation. Although carbon dioxide, emitted by mankind, has been identified as the most important cause and although we know that a further rise in temperatures represents an existential threat to human civilisation, the necessary reorientation has not come about yet.

That's why it is one of the most pressing tasks for the 21st century to limit the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The international grassroots organization 350.org struggles for a limit of 350 ppm carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – but now we have already reached 387 ppm.

People from all over the world are going to highlight this task an october 24 with public ation in their local communities. There are no limits here – imagine bike rides, rallies, concerts, hikes, festivals, tree-plantings, protests, and more. Please remember: The world's leaders will meet in Copenhagen this December to craft a new global treaty on cutting carbon emissions. They shall be motivated and encouraged to work out a climate treaty, which brings us back on the path to 350 ppm and which is globally fair.

At the website www.350.org/, all activities are coordinated and monitored; and backgound information are provided there.

“We call all schools in Europe to join the action day, to carry out local actions and to publish these actions at the website www.350.org/”, says the project manager, Marco Devetta. „Climate protection is politics for the next generations, and energy efficience is a key to climate protection. Our schools and partners are working in 10 European countries in oder to increase energy efficiency in schools and to enable pupils to participation in their society. This includes public activities for climate protection.“

More information about EGS, the European Manifesto for energy efficiency in schools, best practice examples and contact to the national EGS partner can be found under www.egs-project.eu.

Climate action day in Stralsund / Germany

The German Partner UBN organized the Climate Action Day in Stralsund, 24th October 2009.

A tree was planted in oder to demonstrate, that trees transform carbon dioxide into biomass and, thus, contribute to climate protection. The major of Stralsund and the Climate Council of Stralsund were involved.

Baumpflanzung in der Brunnenaue StralsundKlimaaktionstag in Stralsund am 24.10.2009

 

Call for a fair global climate treaty

This is an invitation to help build a movement - to take one day day and use it to stop the climate crisis.

On October 24, we will stand together as one planet and call for a fair global climate treaty. United by a common call to action, we'll make it clear: the world needs an international plan that meets the latest science and gets us back to safety.

This movement has just begun, and it needs your help.

Here's the plan: we're asking you, and people in every country on earth, to organize an action in your community on October 24: http://www.350.org/oct24/

There are no limits here--imagine bike rides, rallies, concerts, hikes, festivals, tree-plantings, protests, and more. Imagine your action linking up with thousands of others around the globe. Imagine the world waking up.

If we can pull it off, we'll send a powerful message on October 24: the world needs the climate solutions that science and justice demand.

It's often said that the only thing preventing us from tackling the climate crisis quickly and equitably is a lack of political will. Well, the only thing that can create that political will is a unified global movement--and no one is going to build that movement for us. It's up to regular people all over the world.  That's you.

So register an event in your community for October 24, and then enlist the help of your friends. Get together with your co-workers or your local environmental group or human rights campaign, your church or synagogue or mosque or temple; enlist bike riders and local farmers and young people. All over the planet we'll start to organize ourselves.

With your help, there will be an event at every iconic place on the planet on October 24-from America's Great Lakes to Australia's Great Barrier Reef--and also in all the places that matter to you in your daily lives: a beach or park or village green or town hall.

If there was ever a time for you to get involved, it's right now.

There are two reasons this year is so crucial.

The first reason is that the science of climate change is getting darker by the day. The Arctic is melting away with astonishing speed, decades ahead of schedule. Everything on the planet seems to be melting or burning, rising or parched.

And we now now have a number to express our peril: 350.  

NASA's James Hansen and a team of other scientists recently published a series of papers showing that we need to cut the amount of carbon in the atmosphere from its current 387 parts per million to below 350 if we wish to "maintain a planet similar to that on which civilization developed."

No one knew that number a year ago-but now it's clear that 350 might well be the most important number for the future of the planet, a north star to guide our efforts as we remake the world. If we can swiftly get the planet on track to get back below 350, we can still avert the worst effects of climate change.

The second reason 2009 is so important is that the political opportunity to influence our governments has never been greater. The world's leaders will meet in Copenhagen this December to craft a new global treaty on cutting carbon emissions.

If that meeting were held now, it would produce a treaty would be woefully inadequate. In fact, it would lock us into a future where we'd never get back to 350 parts per million-where the rise of the sea would accelerate, where rainfall patterns would start to shift and deserts to grow. A future where first the poorest people, and then all of us, and then all the people that come after us, would find the only planet we have damaged and degraded.    

October 24 comes six weeks before those crucial UN meetings in Copenhagen.  If we all do our job, every nation will know the question they'll be asked when they put forth a plan: will this get the planet back on the path below 350?  

This will only work with the help of a global movement-and it's starting to bubble up everywhere. Farmers in Cameroon, students in China, even World Cup skiers have already helped spread the word about 350. Churches have rung their bells 350 times; Buddhist monks have formed a huge 350 with their bodies against the backdrop of Himalayas. 350 translates across every boundary of language and culture.  It's clear and direct, cutting through the static and it lays down a firm scientific line.

On October 24, we'll all stand behind 350--a universal symbol of climate safety and of the world we need to create.  And at the end of the day, we'll all upload photos from our events to the 350.org website and send these pictures around the world.  This cascade of images will drive climate change into the public debate--and hold our leaders accountable to a unified global citizenry.  

We need your help-the world is a big place and our team is small.  Our crew at 350.org will do everything we can to support you, providing templates for banners and press releases, resources to spread the word, and tools to help you build a strong local climate action group.  And our core team is always just a phone call or e-mail away if you need some support.

This is like a final exam for human beings. Can we muster the courage, the commitment, and the creativity to set this earth on a steady course before it's too late? October 24 will be the joyful, powerful day when we prove it's possible.

Please join us and register your local event today.

Onwards,

Bill McKibben - Author and Activist- USA
Vandana Shiva - Physicist, Activist, Author - India
David Suzuki - Scientist, Author, Activist - Canada
Bianca Jagger - Chair of the World Future Council - UK
Tim Flannery - Scientist, Author, Explorer -Australia
Bittu Sahgal - Co-convener, Climate Challenge India - India
Andrew Simmons - Environmental Advocate, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Christine Loh - Environmental Advocate and Legislator - Hong Kong

P.S.-We need you to do something else, right away, that's pretty easy. Please forward this message to anyone you know who is even remotely appropriate.

About 350.org

350.org is an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. By spreading an understanding of the science and a shared vision for a fair policy, we will ensure that the world creates bold and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. 350.org is an independent and not-for-profit project.

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Project Manager

Prof. Giorgio Pizzolato - Projektkoordinator, E-Mail: giorgio.pizzolato@tron.vi.it
Dr. Marco Devetta - Projektmanager, E-Mail: marco.devetta@tron.vi.it
Liceo Scientifico Statale "N. Tron", Schio, Vicenza – Italy, Tel.: +39-0445-521715

Dissemination Office

Umweltbüro Nord e.V. (Environmental Office North, registered association), Tilman Langner, E-Mail: tl@umweltschulen.de

Website

www.egs-project.eu/

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