Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Killing us slowly - sign petition for better climate

Dear Avaazers across Europe,

It's the biggest crisis of our time. Unless we act now, coral reefs will disappear, polar bears will only survive in zoos, and our kids will inherit a flooded mess of a planet. In 2 days, Europe’s leaders will decide our climate policy -- but they'll only set necessary pollution cuts if we can show huge public support. Sign the petition, then we'll make it massive in the media!

We are facing the biggest crisis of our time. Unless we act now, coral reefs will disappear forever, polar bears will only survive in zoos, and our kids will inherit a flooded and scorched mess of a world. But we created climate change, and if we join forces, we can ensure both people and planet flourish.

In 2 days, Europe’s leaders will hold a summit on the climate crisis. Right now they’re poised to agree weak targets, ignoring scientists' advice and the warning signs that nature is flashing all around us. It's up to us to get our voices heard above the chorus of dirty industry lobbying, to show leaders that bold action to cut pollution in half is popular and necessary.

Let's draw a line in the sand, and stop our leaders from letting industry kill us slowly. Sign up now, then send a personal message -- we’ll arm climate champions Germany and the UK with our massive mandate, twin it with opinion polls that prove support for the planet in key blocking countries and feed the best messages to the media right up until the vote:


Europe's leadership will make or break the all important global Paris climate summit next year. Only if Europe decides on strong goals that halve pollution, improve energy efficiency, and trigger a clean energy revolution can we build momentum for other countries to bring great offers to the table. It's our chance to save the planet.

The dirty energy industry has a strong hold on our politicians and their lobbying, plus the distraction of the Ukraine crisis, are threatening to push Europe into a dangerous low ambition agreement. Right now, Europe’s leaders are divided, with Poland and several others refusing to agree the 40% carbon pollution cuts the European Commission recommends for 2030, let alone the 50% cuts that leading scientists recommend.

Our leaders meet in just 2 days. So let’s build a huge call for them to agree the plan that can save our planet, then take it to the media. Sign the urgent petition, then send a personal message calling for Europe to lead the world on strong targets to pull us back from the brink:


The last twelve months have seen damaging extreme weather all over the world. And the Avaaz movement has showed up again and again to get politicians to act, such as the quarter of a million of us who wrote to European Commissioners in January, helping improve the proposals which EU leaders will discuss this week. Let's ensure they act.

With hope,

Iain, Mary, Bert, Christoph, Marie, Alex, Emilie, Alice, Ricken and all the Avaaz team.

More information:

EU outlines 2030 climate goals (BBC)

Divided EU grapples with energy and climate goals (Euractiv)

Frequency of severe flooding across Europe 'to double by 2050' (The Independent) 

European support for climate change action 'not dented by financial crash’ (The Guardian)

The EU: Climate Emitter or Committer? (Huffington Post)

Merkel’s Green Push Sinks German Coal Profits (Bloomberg)

Ambitious green energy target could save EU €260bn (Business Green Plus)

Turn to climate action for a job-rich economic recovery, Europeans say (European Commission)

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