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2007: a year of campainging leads to Bali

2007: a year of campainging leads to Bali

The stakes in the climate change are an unprecedented challenge to humanity to overcome our greed and our division to stop catastrophic global warming. Avaaz members worldwide have taken up this challenge with gusto.

ABOUT AVAAZ is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. Avaaz means "voice" in many languages. Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.


Everything we did this year on climate led up to the Bali summit, here are the highlights of 2007:

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January '07 - 'wake up call'- we run an ad campaign targeting world leaders in countries including India, France, Germany, and the US, covered in major world media, that calls on the G8 countries to make climate their top priority.

February '07 - Environment Ministers's summit - we deliver a 100,000 signature petition to a G8 environment ministers meeting -- the German minister chairing the meeting waves our petition at the others, exhorting them to act, and they do, making climate their top summit priority.

June '07 - The G8 summit is held in Germany, and Avaaz organizes lobbying and marches, and delivers a 400,000 petition calling for action to the chair of the G8 negotiators. The summit makes unprecedented progress on climate change.

July '07 - Live Earth - Avaaz is chosen as the official global campaign partners of Al Gore and the Live Earth concerts. Avaaz members organize thousands of house parties in over 100 countries on the evening of the concert, and tens of thousands sign a pledge to take personal action.

September '07 - APEC Summit - President Bush organizes a new coalition to oppose climate action at the APEC summit in Sydney, Australia. Avaaz lobbies the summit and engages the media in a press conference which features a massive 1000 sq ft banner floated out over the barrier reef. The media declare the summit a failure.

3-13 December '07
THE CRISIS - US, Canada, Japan Block Consensus

For 10 days, the Bali conference proceeded slowly towards consensus. Then, with just a few days left, three countries -- the US, Canada, and Japan -- moved to block the consensus, objecting in particular to any targets for rich countries to reduce their emissions. The US blocked the overall conference, and Canada, which had signed the Kyoto protocol, used that position to block other Kyoto countries from moving ahead without the US. Bali was in danger of deadlock.

08 December '07
THE RESPONSE - A Global People Power Moment

14 December '07
THE RESULT - The Climate Wreckers Back Down

In the final hours of the conference, all the pressure showed its impact. Heated negotiations had ended in repeated deadlock. The deadline for the conference was extended another 24 hours, and diplomats worked through the night. Japan gave in quickly to the consensus, but the US and Canada held out. The biggest and clearest victory achieved was on the Canadian government's position. Under pressure from all sides and massive domestic anger, the Canadian government finally did a complete U-turn, and allowed the smaller group of Kyoto countries to agree to reduce carbon emissions by 25-40% by 2020. This significant step means that the richest countries - all except the US - have now set ambitious new targets for emissions reductions.

The US - now completely isolated - still held out. In the final general session, a compromise proposal was suggested that was accepted by every delegation. The United States took the floor -- and rejected it.

The world is used to letting the US have its way, but not this time. The assembled delegations let loose a chorus of boos. Nation after nation took the floor and sounded the chords of outrage. Just like hundreds of thousands of Avaaz members told them to do, our leaders stood firm.

Faced with this united front, the American representative asked to take the floor once more, and said simply, "The United States will join the consensus." Victory.

It was not at all a complete victory - we are still far from the treaty with binding global targets that will stop catastrophic climate change. But the massive grass roots response to save the Bali Summit shows that a great people-powered movement to save our environment is stirring - and this is just the beginning.

Over 600,000 Avaaz members mobilized to save the Bali talks, including 320,000 in the final 72 hours!

Just a few examples of how Avaaz members pitched in:
• Local rallies in over 100 nations and in Bali
• Presenting 2.6 million signatures from 192 countries calling for climate action
• Rapid response campaigns to pressure the American, Canadian and Japanese governments

The good: A road map to create an international climate treaty to replace Kyoto by 2009 and an $80 billion annual fund to help poorer countries adapt to climate change.
The bad: No specific reduction targets yet. What's next: 2 years to keep the pressure on. Let's get to it!
The ugly: You, ugly face. Stay awake and take part on the action!!!

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"I've realized that I can't do it by myself, but the world can't do it without me" Anna, Avaaz member, Australia

"Alone I feel powerless. Together we can change."
Alexandra Stone, United Kingdom

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