THREE INITIATIVES: OBAMA/MCCAIN TO CLIMATE TALKS; COAL TO THE HISTORY BOOKS; GORE TO HOLLAND

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10 october 2008

IMPORTANT CLIMATE INITIATIVES BY 350.ORG, GREENPEACE AND URGENDA

1) 350.org – Invite Obama/McCain to climate talks;
2) Greenpeace NL – Send coal to the history books.
3) Urgenda – Bring Al Gore to the Netherlands;

1) 350.org – Obama/McCain to Climate Talks

[4C Summary. The noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, who is the founder of 350.org as well as one of our international advisors, has thought of an excellent move to bring U.S. leadership into the coming round of UN-sponsored negotiations for a post-Kyoto climate treaty. He has circulated his 350.org mailing list with the draft letter below, inviting whoever wins the U.S. elections on November 4th to attend the Poznan meeting this December with a broad set of strong proposals to spur the negotiators on.

Many of us have already signed. We urge all our signatories and visitors to do likewise. Since climate change is a global problem, you don't need to be an American citizen to ask the next U.S. President to start behaving seriously to resolve it.

You can do so at 350.org].

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The 350.org invitation

Dear Sen. Obama/Sen. McCain

I'm writing with a simple request: attend the UN Climate Meetings this December and rejoin the world's fight against the climate crisis.

The need for an international deal has never been greater. NASA's top climate scientists have said that to avoid disaster the planet needs a plan both to cut carbon emissions sharply and immediately, and to steer a long term path back below 350 parts per million Carbon Dioxide.

And time is running out. The UN Climate Meetings mark a one year countdown to finish crafting an international climate deal.

I call on the U.S. Presidential candidates to commit to going to the UN meeting in Poland in December 2008 to:

*Commit the US to mandatory reductions of Greenhouse gas emissions that meet the urgency science calls for and transition the US to a clean energy economy.

*Commit to helping developing countries reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and to transfer the technology that will help bring the world to more sustainable economies.

Sending this strong signal to the world will help spur the negotiations so that a genuine global agreement meets the seriousness of the problem. The world is ready for action.

Thank You.


2) Greenpeace: no new coal-fired power stations in The Netherlands

[4C Summary: As part of their ongoing campaign against new coal-fired power stations, Greenpeace has an onsite letter protesting the plans of energy group E.ON to build a new power plant near Rotterdam, and asking the management of E.ON to invest instead in clean, renewable power sources. The letter, which you can sign at the Greenpeace website, follows a brief video which explains (in Dutch) that each new coal-fired power plant emits as much CO2 per year as two million automobiles.reads as follows:]

Geachte heer Van Dijk, directeur van E.ON,

Ik maak mij ernstig zorgen over de plannen van E.ON om een nieuwe kolencentrale te bouwen op de Rotterdamse Maasvlakte.

Veel mensen doen enorm hun best om minder CO2 uit te stoten en zo het klimaat te redden. Ik dring er sterk bij u op aan om dezelfde keuze te maken: investeer in schone energie en niet in een klimaatvervuilende kolencentrale!

Met vriendelijke groet,


Which translates to:
Dear Mr. Van Dyke (director of E.ON)

I am seriously concerned about the plans of E.ON to build a new coal central on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte.

Many people are doing their best to emit less CO2 in order to save the climate. I strongly urge you to make the same choice: invest in clean energy and not in a climate-polluting coal central.

Cordially,
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3) Urgenda [English behind the click]: Al Gore in The Netherlands

[4C summary: The new Dutch environmental group Urgenda has arranged a major event with Al Gore in the Amsterdam suburb of Aalsmeer, where the former U.S. vice President and Nobel Prize recipient is expected to speak on global warming before 2000 people. ]

Twee jaar na zijn film 'An Inconvenient Truth' brengt Al Gore op 14 oktober a.s. opnieuw een bezoek aan Nederland. De voormalige Amerikaanse vice-president komt niet vertellen waarom klimaatverandering een probleem is, maar hoe het aangepakt kan worden. Maurits Groen is, samen met Urgenda, initiatiefnemer van dit bezoek.

Gore houdt in het Event Centre in Aalsmeer een toespraak voor ruim 2000 aanwezigen waaronder politici, jongeren, bestuurders, vertegenwoordigers uit het bedrijfsleven en van maatschappelijke organisaties. Aansluitend is er een plenaire discussie.

Aanmelden
Geïnteresseerden kunnen het evenement in Aalsmeer voor € 400,- bijwonen. De avond duurt van 19.30 uur tot circa 23.00 uur, inclusief drankjes na afloop. Bestellingen kunt u, onder vermelding van naam, adres en het gewenste aantal kaarten, doorgeven op algore@urgenda.nl. Wees er snel bij, want de belangstelling voor kaarten is groot. Wij behandelen de bestellingen op volgorde van binnenkomst. Na betaling worden de kaarten thuis gestuurd. Het programma en de routebeschrijving kunt u vinden op de website www.mgmc.nl.

Voor studenten en young professionals is een apart programma, zij kunnen zich voor € 15, - aanmelden via de website www.mgmc.nl (inschrijfformulier studenten).


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