Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sign Avaaz petition before G8 summit

Two weeks of global climate negotiations have just wrapped up -- with no real progress. The rich nations refuse to take the lead and commit to emissions cuts that will bring the rest of the world on board. Our best hope: within weeks, those rich country leaders will gather at the G8 summit chaired by Japan. If Japan's Prime Minister offers bold leadership, the G8 summit could be a breakthrough. Next Wednesday, June 18, Avaaz will hand-deliver a new climate petition to Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. If they can muster 250,000 voices in a few short days, they can sound a global alarm on climate that Fukuda and the other G8 leaders cannot ignore.

This year's G8 summit will begin on the same day as the Tanabata festival, when citizens write their wishes on pieces of paper and hang them from bamboo trees. This Wednesday, let's send the biggest-ever Tanabata wish: for a climate change treaty strong enough to save the planet.

People created the climate crisis. If we join together, people power can end it.

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