11 December 2009

Take action against climate change

The planet, YOUR planet, is in a dire state and needs your help. You can stop climate change. Will you accept the challenge?

With the drastic increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, the earth has warmed to a dangerous level. A warmer earth means melting glacier ice, causing warmer waters, causing the death of coral reef, and the death of coral animals. It means exascerbated natural disasters. It means extreme drought and water scarcity. It means loss of habitat to wildlife. It means the world as you know it is quickly falling apart. The ferocious ripple effect is having a devastating impact that, if not stopped soon, will be irreversible. The world as you know it will cease to exist.
Our world leaders are currently meeting in Copenhagen, Demark at the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, trying to establish a new emmissions reduction agreement. The fear among many, however, is that not all parties, especially developed nations such as Canada, will commit to the level of action that is so desperately needed.

This is where your help is needed.

Tell Stephen Harper that you want your country committed to stopping climate change. Saturday, December 12, 2009 is Global Day of Action where concerned citizens worldwide band together to show their united support of world leaders taking real and immediate action to fighting climate change.

This year candlelight vigils will be held all throughout the globe to demonstrate solidarity against climate change. Bring a candle and attend one of the many events to show your support. There are many throughout the Lower Mainland including:

SurreyFriday, December 11, 2009 5:30pm - 6:30pm at Holland Park (corner of King George & 100 Street).

LadnerSaturday, December 12, 2009 5:30pm at Westham Square (in front of Johnny's Store at the corner of Elliott Street and Ladner Trunk Road).

VancouverSaturday, December 12, 2009 11am - 9pm at Vancouver Central Library downtown.

You can also battle climate change by giving a gift to Burns Bog Conservation Society. We work to conserve Burns Bog and peatlands worldwide. As a recent UN report states, "Degradation of peatlands is a major and growing source of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions from peatland drainage, fires and exploitation are estimated to currently be equivalent to at least 3,000 million tonnes per annum or equivalent to more than 10% of the global fossil fuel emissions."

For more information about Global Day of Action and how you can participate please visit www.globalclimatecampaign.org and www.350.org

For more information on the United Nations Climate Change Conference please visithttp://unfccc.int/2860.php

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