|Issue 14 : 1 November 2006|
Countdown to climate day: three days to go!
Remember remember the fourth of November, fossil fuel, reason and plot (not losing it!). I know it’s only been a couple of weeks since my last newsletter, but I wanted to make sure all of you – and all of your friends and family – are set to enjoy climate day to the full. Let’s make Saturday 4 November a celebration day to remember. If we all do whatever we can, wherever we are, we can all play a part in changing the global climate of opinion.
Those interested in journeys of awakening may like to look at:
Before anything else I want to introduce a very special friend, the wise Wombat, from the good people at Global MindShift. He is utterly irresistible to young people of all ages, and he only takes a minute to say his perfectly profound piece!
... and lots, lots more!
Maybe you haven’t been on a march for a while – maybe the last one you went on didn’t seem to make any difference (like the Stop the War march).
Well, imagine what would happen if no one bothered to do their bit. Then imagine what would happen if everyone bothered!
You won’t regret it. Be part of the day the world woke up. Bring some old friends and be reunited. Less talk, more action.
I’m already looking forward to 20 years from now, telling my grandchildren tales of what we all got up to on 4 November 2006.
Log on and lobby ‘em! It’s as easy as falling off a log!
Lobby your MP and the PM, then lobby friends to copy
you and get the (I) count up.
• Lobby your MP
Get them to sign EDM 178 and on Climate Change generally
A staggering 407 MPS have signed the EDM. Only 4 times in history since 1939 has an EDM received so much support. If your MP hasn’t – ask them why.
Lobby the PM via the www.icount.org.uk site. Email the PM with your views. Prime Minister Tony Blair said annual targets would be "very, very difficult to deliver". Do we have an option? We must reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Whatever works, we have to pursue.
• Register for the big count
Stand tall and be (I) counted.
• Be part of Come Off It day
We can all boost production of negawatts from the people’s power station!
Parallel events are happening in a tri-county campaign called Switch It Off, which runs from 30 October to 3 November:
Come Off It day is perfect for those who need to stay at home for the day. If you can’t make the rally you can still be active by turning off everything you don’t need, and being super carbon conscious for the day – think of it as a mini carbon detox!
Be part of the unity: walk or cycle for Climate Justice. Join international events in 43 countries across the world.
Nearly 40 organisations in the UK (including Come Off It) are now members of Stop Climate Chaos, the UK’s climate change coalition:
Stop Climate Chaos, I Count and the climate march have the full support of the Bishops of London and Liverpool. There are tales of candlelit supper parties... Blackout London has captured imagination and various groups are campaigning around the UK for people outside London to join in the big turn off:
Mirror readers have a light bulb moment with Dave
The Daily Mirror has just covered the story of a family that I carbon coached. £25 worth of energy efficient light bulbs are set to save them at least £50 a year off their leccy bills for the next five years! That’s equivalent to 1,000% interest! Finally we’re getting it…
Future Come Off It days
As well as Coming Off It on climate day, there’ll be another opportunity to power down on Monday 4 December. Start planning your own Come Off It campaign for that day. It’s just before Christmas – the perfect time for thinking about sharing and giving.
Why not make the fourth of every month a mini carbon detox day? Take an energy holiday: live only by candlelight and without a computer, radio or television for the day. You may find you enjoy it!
CARBON CONSCIOUS THINKING
I think you all know by now that I’m a fervent supporter of C&C (contraction and convergence). Beautiful C&C T-shirts are widely available. I will have a few spares on the day – if you can find me at Grosvenor Square – at just £5.
C & C
Pleased to meet you, want to know my name?
I hang out at all the climate meets,
I'm a star, a whole constellation in each city,
My strength is my universal appeal.
Let me tell you what I stand for,
Come out your dark and shady denial,
I'm a star, but not just a star,
We can make it home together in the end.
(by Jo Abbess and Dave Hampton)
Sun of Imagine:
Imagine no pollution,
Imagine there's no carbon,
Imagine solar pensions (groan!)
You may say I’m a dreamer,
I’ve recently come across the amazing Washington
journalist, commentator and author Eric Roston, who until recently wrote
for TIME Magazine.
One reader rightly took me to task for my rant about “pretty green etiquette” in the last issue. I apologise if it sounded like I was knocking recycling, organic vegetables, fair trade and the like. That wasn’t my intention. Everything is connected and every positive action counts. Sorry!
The myth was that our state of denial was a permanent thing – it wasn’t.
Enjoy the climate denial website with George Marshall:
To close this special issue I ask you to read one of the most poignant, moving pieces I have ever read. Take your time to read this one. Everything else can wait:
We may be one after all – we shall see. Now go forth and multiply your carbon efficiency!
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