Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Petition for the Earth

The Live Earth concerts, less than a week from now, will reach as many as two billion people worldwide. But they're more than concerts. They're a call to action. Throughout the events, Live Earth's organizers will challenge people around the world to take the Live Earth pledge, a set of seven commitments to confront the climate crisis. (The full text of the pledge is below.)Avaaz members have burst past expectations by organizing Live Earth parties in 125 countries worldwide--with 2500 registered hosts, and nearly 1000 public events. If we use that same energy and the commitment to build momentum for the pledge before the concerts begin, we can turn Live Earth into a political earthquake. Can you sign the pledge and send it to five friends?http://www.avaaz.org/en/climate_pledge/g.php/?cl=12705228Here's the text of the pledge. It's more than a petition--it's a statement of personal and political purpose. As you read it, just imagine what's possible if millions of people sign it and take action.
1. To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
2. To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become "carbon neutral;"
3. To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
7. To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.
This pledge is what makes Live Earth matter. It's the point of the parties. It's the commitment that will lead to change. Sign the pledge now, and send it to friends--so that we can build a wave of 250,000 pledge signers before the Live Earth concerts begin on Saturday:http://www.avaaz.org/en/climate_pledge/g.php/?cl=12705228Let's turn the Live Earth moment into an unstoppable global movement. The climate crisis demands nothing less.

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