13 June 2009

176 Days - A Simple Action: Ask World Leaders to Actually Attend the Talks!

Here is a Greenpeace International petition that is definitely worth the ten seconds it will take to sign:

Astoundingly, few of the world's leaders have committed to even show up at the UN Climate Summit in December, where decisions about the future of our planet will be made. Can the fate of the world really be delegated? Ask them to take personal responsibility to see to it that the right deal is sealed.

  • President Barack Obama, United States of America
  • President Hu Jintao, People's Republic of China
  • President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil
  • President Nicolas Sarkozy, France
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown, United Kingdom
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
[And let's throw Primer Minister Stephen Harper, Canada into that list - tiny population, HUGE carbon footprint, a LOT of bad carbon karma!]

Dear leaders,

I call upon you, not as representatives of your countries, but as leaders of the world, to personally attend the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen this December.

Decisions which will be made at this meeting will impact the lives of everyone alive today, and determine the shape of humanity's future.

This is the world's best chance to avoid runaway climate change.

You owe it to the world to attend, to set aside your national interests, to safeguard our future, and to do what you were elected to do: lead.

My request is simple: promise now to personally attend.


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