We have set up a Climate Rescue Station on the edge of a vast open pit coal mine in Konin, Poland. The Rescue Station is a four storey tall globe, and will stay here to highlight the true cost of coal in the lead up to crucial UN climate negotiations taking place in Poznan, Poland from 1-12 December 2008. On 8 December, a week into the talks, the dome will be moved to Poznan town square.
Representatives from 15 different countries will be staying at the station to tell the story of how coal is affecting the entire planet. Coal is the single greatest threat to our climate and we are highlighting this by hosting a variety of high profile events and protests in and around the Climate Rescue Station. The earth dome - using electricty generated from clean renewable energy - is a visual representation of the climate tipping point that the earth is currently perched on - showing the dark future ahead of us if we don't get serious and quit coal now.
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Quit Coal - Save the Climate
The Climate Rescue Station is part of our global Quit Coal campaign which has featured actions and events this year in Oceania, South East Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean - led by our flagship the Rainbow. She is currently on an expedition in Europe that is urging governments and energy companies such as German owned E.ON - to give coal the boot.
We will also be at the Poznan talks pressuring governments to quit coal and work towards a meaningful deal to save the climate. Our message to delegates is simple - in order to save the climate - the world has to quit coal. And we can do it. Technically accessible renewable energy is capable of providing six times the energy the world currently consumes.
Get serious - Start an Energy [R]evolution
Our Energy [R]evolution shows how renewable energy, combined with greater energy efficiency, can cut global CO2 emissions by over 50 percent while delivering half the world's energy needs by 2050.
Climate change is widely recognised as one of mankind's greatest challenges in the 21st century. It is accelerating faster than we previously thought and much of it is caused by the continued and increasing emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities. The poles are melting, coral reefs are dying and millions of people are at risk from droughts, floods, sea level rise and extreme weather events. The impacts will intensify as global temperatures continue to rise.
Climate change is threatening life as we know it. There is simply no time to lose. Unless we get serious and take meaningful action now - climate change will seriously harm economies, societies and ecosystems all around the world.
While governments are talking of saving the climate most are allowing hundreds more coal-fired power stations to be built that will dramatically increase CO2 emissions. We can tackle climate change, but only if we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, particularly coal.