Time:Saturday, December 12 2009 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM
4:30PM Candlelight Vigil (Sunday Ring Bells 350 Times at 3pm)
Venue:Noah's Ark on the National Mall,
(sign up to keep posted by Avaaz.org)
between 12th and 13th - Smithsonian Metro - blue & orange
Host:Avaaz.org DC Climate Action Factory
As world leaders meet in Copenhagen to hash out a global climate deal, a team of Avaaz.org activists in DC has built a giant Ark on the National Mall. The idea is without a fair, ambitious and binding treaty, a climate ark is the only alternative!
Ark construction is wrapping up this afternoon and will be followed by a candlelight vigil at 4:30pm. Come make your voice heard! Pictures from the event will be broadcasted to Copenhagen (where I am now), and I'll make sure they get spread around.
Speakers includeJoelle Novey, Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (confirmed)
Kim Huynh, Avaaz Climate Activist (confirmed)Rev. Derek Harkin, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church (confirmed)
Senator Ben Cardin, US Senator from Maryland (invited)
Gillian MS Briston, Ambassador to the US from Grenada (invited)
"I don't think Noah would be very happy with what we're doing. We're kind of butchering the idea of the ark and building our own version," said Oscar Ramirez of the AVAAZ DC Climate Action Factory.
Organizers say the ark is supposed to represent the potential flood of issues that could arise if world governments don't address climate change. Ironically, during the building of the arc it's been quite cold, but participants don't mind.
They say the prospect of climate catastrophes demand urgent action and are calling for the ongoing climate talks in Copenhagen to produce a real deal.
"[A deal] that's fair, ambitious and binding," Julie Erickson of AVAAZ DC Climate Action Factory added. "Not some empty political promise." [from http://www.cbn.com/cb...]
Come out and make clear that DC supports real solutions to the climate crisis!
thanks to email from Rhys Gerholdt of CarbonFreeDC this morning
In less than three years, we’ve grown to over 3.5 million members, and have begun to make a real impact on global politics. The Economist writes that Avaaz is poised to deliver “a deafening wake up call” to world leaders, the Indian Express welcomes “the biggest web campaigner across the world” and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore says “Avaaz is inspiring, and has already begun to make a difference.”
The Avaaz.org team
The Avaaz community is served by a small team of global campaigners working in many countries to identify and develop opportunities for members to take action. Our campaign team consults with Avaaz.org members to develop campaigns and set the priorities of the organisation. Avaaz also relies on teams of expert advisors to help develop our campaigns, and often Avaaz members volunteer to work with the team on specific projects. We currently have staff based in Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, New York, London, and Washington DC. Our core campaign team members are:
Ricken Patel – Co-Founder and Executive Director (Canada)
Ben Wikler – Campaign Director (US)
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman - Senior Climate Campaigner (US)
Margaret Mikkelsen - Operations Director (US)
[many others around the world]
Avaaz.org was co-founded by Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group, and Moveon.org, an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the United States. Our co-founding team was also composed of a group of global social entrepreneurs from 6 countries, including our Executive Director Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda, Eli Pariser, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimans, and David Madden. Avaaz is lucky to have the founding partnership and support of leading activist organizations from around the world, including the Service Employees International Union, a founding partner of Avaaz, GetUp.org.au, and many others.
Sunday December 14 2009 3pm Ring Bells 350 Times (350 Parts per million CO2)
As each group starts their own observation of the 13 December event at 3 p.m. local time, a chain of chimes and prayers will be stretching in a time-line from the South Pacific – where the day first begins and where the effects of climate change are already felt today – to Denmark and across the globe.
Tuesday December 16 2009 630pm Weatherization training
2nd District Police Station - long walk from Woodley Park or Cleveland Park Metro on Red Line or bus, or bike
3320 Idaho Ave NW
Georgetown, DC 20016
In a partnership with www.weatherizedc.org and www.carbonfreedc.org-and meetup group
Weatherization training with experts - covering energy basics, health and safety, and hands on repair - the technical skills of air sealing, caulking, weatherstripping, and more. If you live in an apartment or a house you can make your home more energy efficient, your bills lower, your life cozier, and the world a tiny little bit safer from climate change.
Also: Businesspeople join the ranks of climate treaty proponents
An army of chief executives attending the international climate talks in Copenhagen urge government officials to curb emissions and unleash a new wave of so-called clean energy investment.
January 21-22, 2010 in Washington DC at Ronald Reagan Building
The NEW GREEN ECONOMY conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment
February 3-4-5 2010 in Washington DC
Renewal Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition
www.retech2010.com/ at the Washington Convention Center