Howick has a proud history of environmental activism. Midlands residents and visitors will join millions of people worldwide in the largest climate mobilisation event in history next month. Midlanders have participated in numerous other global events over the past few years – like 10:10:10, Moving Planet, COP17 and the Anti-GMO March.
At 10 am on 21 September 2014, we will gather in front of the Howick Falls to deliver the millions-strong call for a 100% clean future.
To all world leaders:
On September 21st, 2014, we will join the People’s Climate March, and help make it the largest mobilisation the world has ever seen on climate change. We will march to ensure that you heed our demand for urgent action to safeguard our planet, our future and all that we love.
September 21st marks the global day of action, heads of state are holding an emergency summit in New York City – chaired by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon – to discuss a unified government response to climate change. Local, national and international civil society organisations are meeting world leaders as they arrive in New York City, which will grab the attention of global media.
At the same time, thousands of petition deliveries demanding 100% clean will be held in more than 88 countries including a march right here in Howick.
Harriet Lavery-Reynders an Avaaz member from Howick says,
This climate day of action is snowballing into a massive mobilisation of millions around the world who want leaders to do more to stop runaway climate change. Midlands residents are taking part to help show the huge level of public support for a global deal that will avert climate catastrophe and unleash a new 100% clean future”
Polls show 90% of people worldwide see climate change as a serious problem. Now over a million people in the streets are making it clear that world leaders must take urgent action to stop catastrophic climate change.
Our demand is for Action Now, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, we want a world safe from the ravages of climate change.
We know that no single meeting or summit will “solve climate change” and in many ways this moment will not even really be about the summit. We want this moment to be about us – the people who are standing up in our communities, to organise, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.
To do that, we need to act – together.
- Join the global day of action on September 21st for a clean future by coming along to Goddard Park near the Howick Falls. There will be face painting, personalised t shirts, kids games, environmental experts and eco-friendly products. Phone Harriet 081 013 2222 for details.
- Signing the Avaaz Petition – https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/. With the simple act of adding your name you’ll be starting on a journey towards one of the defining moments in history. Our greatest hope to tackle the challenge of global warming rests with us and our ability to demand greater action from world leaders.
- Use #PeoplesClimate in your social media posts and it will automatically be added to the http://peoplesclimate.org/stories/
- Check out what is happening around the planet for extra inspiration. http://peoplesclimate.org/
To change everything, it takes everyone — let’s get started! Come on Midlands, get on your feet!