Our exhibition will be part of a Global ‘VIGIL’ organised by 350.org
AS PART OF OUR ‘TUNNEL VISION TO COPENHAGEN EXHIBITION’ WE ARE COMBINING OUR PRIVATE VIEWING EVENING WITH A MUCH LARGER AND GLOBAL EVENT. WWW.350.ORG HAS ORGANIZED A GLOBAL CANDLE LIT VIGIL, WHERE PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD UNITE TO BRING TOGETHER THEIR DEMANDS FOR RAPID AND DRASTIC ACTION ON CUTTING EMISSIONS AND SLOWING CLIMATE CHANGE.
350.ORG is named after the Parts Per Million of Carbon dioxide which we need to get down to to aim for safety – 350ppm. We are currently at 389ppm and rising into the wrong direction.
THIS EVENT WILL BE CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS, SO WE EXPECT TOWN TO QUITE BUSY. WE HOPE PEOPLE WILL DROP IN. EVEN IF YOU DO NOT LIKE OUR ART WORK, I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO BRING IMPORTANT ISSUES TO OUR HOME TOWN.
INFORMATION BELOW IS TAKEN FROM WWW.350.ORG – THE CLIMATE ACTION WEBSITE THAT IS COORDINATING THE GLOBAL VIGIL.
Here’s our sense of what will be happening at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, and why we’re hoping some of you will start or join a candlelight vigil at a strategic or iconic location in your community on Dec. 11th or 12th.
The weekend for these vigils falls smack in the middle of the two-week Copenhagen talks. President Obama just announced that he will visit Copenhagen on December 9th–and there’s no doubt that he’ll deliver a rousing and eloquent speech. The following day, December 10th, he’ll go on from Copenhagen to Norway to collect his Nobel prize.
We need to send a signal to say that speeches and prizes are good, but action is what’s really required–enough action to head us back towards 350 parts per million.
Obama will bring an emissions target to the table in Copenhagen, a bittersweet development in this political drama. Sweet because having any sort of commitment from the U.S. increases the chances of global collaboration on a climate deal, bitter because US emissions target represents a paltry 3% reductions below 1990 levels*–far from the ambitious cuts scientists say are necessary to get back to 350.
The United States now holds a big key to unlock this process, and we need Obama and the U.S. Congress to turn that key–which is why many of the candlelight vigils will take place at U.S. senate offices, and at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.
The timing here is crucial: the vigils are part of a huge mobilization on the weekend of December 12th, mid-way through the negotiations. The climate talks will build to a head a few days later, as our allies and champions–people like President Nasheed of the Maldives–struggle to get a document that represents “a survival pact, not a suicide pact.” They have said repeatedly that their survival depends on getting back to 350, and it will help them immensely if delegates from other nations know that back home people are keeping up the pressure and demanding a real deal. I’ll be in Copenhagen on the weekend of December 12th to help organize a vigil with the 350.org team–and my hope is that you can join this effort by organizing a vigil locally.