What’s a grrrl to do when everyone predicts disaster?
EDITOR’S NOTE: Care2 is honored to welcome 1Sky’s Gillian Caldwell as an occasional blogger – and our eyes and ears in Copenhagen. I’m headed to Copenhagen, Denmark for two weeks in December — just little ol’ me on behalf of the 1Sky campaign, surrounded by thousands of government delegates and NGO reps from about 180 countries worldwide gathering for COP-15, the UN sponsored negotiations on a global climate treaty.
And, depressingly, all predictions point to a big, fat non-event. The pundits, and even the lead negotiators, tell us that we can’t expect that “FAB” (fair, ambitious and binding) treaty we’ve all been working for to extend the work of the Kyoto agreement. There are just too many disagreements and unresolved issues, they say, between “developed” and “developing” countries over issues ranging from targets for reducing global warming pollution to investments in clean energy technology and the adaptation funds needed to transition away from a quickly warming world.
And so, we squabble as the world burns.
As an advocate, I’m attending Copenhagen to communicate with our base nationwide here in the U.S. about the need for global leadership from the United States, which has actively obstructed climate deals for too long. I’m the Campaign Director for 1Sky, which is a campaign for strong federal action in the U.S. to tackle global climate change and invest in building the clean energy economy of the future. As one of the largest national campaigns in the country, 1Sky combines the force of more than 500 allied organizations, 2,300 volunteer Climate Precinct Captains (volunteer organizers) spanning every state nationwide, and a team of 52, including organizers in 31 states, working to mobilize grassroots support for strong federal climate and energy legislation.
And as an advocate, it’s my job to push for more. Nothing is not enough. And too little won’t do, either. We can’t negotiate with the scientific imperative that is confronting us — we have destabilized our planetary infrastructure and we must turn back the tides.
So what would be a game changer for this global impasse, by everyone’s estimation? Even bolder and more decisive action from President Obama and the United States — the leading per capita emitter of global warming pollution in the world!
So 1Sky is running a national campaign now to collect 25,000 signatures on a petition calling on President Obama to lead in the U.S. and abroad on climate change.
Please join us in calling on President Obama to lead, for us and for the world! In December, we’ll visit the White House and we’ll deliver the petition along with 350 pieces of art work created by 350 communities nationwide to symbolize the climate tipping point of 350 parts per million (ppm) concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Join us!
Gillian Caldwell is the Campaign Director for 1Sky, a new national campaign to build a diverse nationwide movement and convince our federal government to take bold action to tackle the climate crisis and harness the enormous economic opportunity of the renewable energy economy by 2010. Most recently, Gillian served as Executive Director of WITNESS, which uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. Gillian led WITNESS’ rapid expansion during her decade of leadership and helped produce numerous documentary videos for use in advocacy campaigns around the world.