Today, Reuters is reporting that President Obama will travel to Copenhagen for the U.N. climate talks, now less than two weeks away. As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m thankful for the leadership role that he can provide to the U.S. delegation, and I’m thankful that the U.S. will attend these discussions to create the political will to draft a long-term fair, ambitious & binding (FAB) global treaty.
But I can’t say that I feel any more positive about what to expect from the delegation. U.S. negotiators have suggested that President Obama may offer some sort of short-term emissions reductions to help seal a short-term political deal. That target is 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, well below what scientists say is needed to fight global warming. Other countries have offered larger targets towards creating a binding deal, but U.S. legislators still haven’t come to the table with anything official.
1Sky organizers and supporters have worked for two months to push the President and tell him that we need his leadership both at home and abroad. Now that time will come, but we can’t let up. As I stated last week, my job is to push for what we need: bold actions for a strong, clean energy future. The science, our supporters, and the world can’t settle for anything less.
So, what does success at Copenhagen look like? At 1Sky, we asked our organizers to hold a series of “Art Gatherings” to deliver a message to President Obama to assure that success in Copenhagen. Take a look at the pictures that our organizers have been sending to us this week showing the artwork they’re creating in their communities. From large, painted banners and sheets to children’s artwork on sheets of manila paper, these images represent the hundreds of thousands of voices in this country telling the administration not to let our time in Copenhagen go by without steps towards real (FAB) treaty.
I’m thankful for the hundreds of pieces of art we’ve received and for the opportunity to deliver this message to the administration before Copenhagen. I also thankful that my trip to Copenhagen next month will not simply be an empty gesture for 1Sky. We can continue to push this administration for something stronger and picture a better climate future.
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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.
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