Thursday, November 5, 2009

What's Going On in Barcelona???

Barcelona, Spain is the epicenter of the climate world this week -- the last official UN negotiating session before the Copenhagen climate talks next month.

Here's a bit of a recap of what's going on in Barcelona --


The team from 350.org, who organized October 24th's International Day of Climate Action, are in Barcelona to carry our message to the approximately 4,000 UN delegates from 181 nations who are on site.

The team is there to carry our voices from October 24th to the delegates. Here's a great video the highlights the world-wide actions from October 24th:



And another video from 350.org, explaining what they're up to in Barcelona this week:



In addition to what you just saw in the video, the 350.org team is scheduling meetings with dozens of delegates to deliver photos, 350 policy briefings, and the global call for bold climate action. 350.org is asking citizens to gather together in their communities to deliver 350.org materials to their local elected officials. Sign up for a delivery, here.

The 350 team upped the artistic stakes with a stunning visual display outside the conference center with hundreds of LED lights in the shape of a world and a performance to create the now famous number - 350.




On Monday, November 3rd, the group TckTckTck welcomed delegates to the opening of the talks with 1500 clocks and more than 200 people demanding a fair, ambitious and binding treaty. The activists turned the time on some of the clocks to 3:50, for the reason that 350 ppm (part per million) is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere according to some scientists.



The clocks were re-used later this week -- they were turned into an art installation in the lobby of the conference center. Additionally, TckTckTck's Campaign Director Ben Margolis and members of the 350.org presented Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, with a clock to remind him of the urgency of the situation, as well as a photo from the Copenhagen taken on October 24th, to remind him of the public mandate for ambitious action.

According to the TckTckTck website, as TckTckTck activists stood behind the pair holding up pictures of these recent actions, Margolis recapped the September 21st Global Wake Up Call involving over 2,600 events in 134 countries organized by TckTckTck, Avaaz and other partners; as well as the October 24th International Day of Climate Action, organized by TckTckTck partner 350.org, which entailed more than 5,200 events in 181 countries.

The U.N. climate chief thanked TckTckTck for helping to raise public awareness ... however, de Boer said that the alarm bells are not ringing loudly enough. A lot of governments have not woken up yet to the urgency of the situation, de Boer told Margolis and the assembled crowd in the front hall of the Fira Gran Via conference center.

He suggested that the alarm bells need to continue to grow louder in order to remind governments that they have a mandate to act in Copenhagen and that the world expects nothing less than a response commensurate with the scale of the problem.


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