Global Day of Action 08

American Congress, President-elect, and World leaders in Poznan sent a strong message: Global Warming Solutions Now!

Feature story - December 6, 2008
After eight years of inaction and even outright denial of global warming by the Bush Administration, the global community is weary of America’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis. That’s why Greenpeace organized events across the country on Dec. 6th as part of the Global Day of Climate Action 2008. These events show that Americans know what’s at stake, are ready to fight global warming, and expect our leaders to take bold action to address the most urgent environmental crisis we’ve ever faced.

The events in American cities were part of a larger call for action on global warming being sent to world leaders, who are currently meeting in Poznan, Poland at the UN Conference on Climate Change. Demonstrations were held in nearly 100 countries around the globe as part of the Global Day of Climate Action.

America supports global warming solutions

At the three largest events in America, Greenpeace activists deployed 50' x 30' banners with the iconic backdrops of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chicago skyline in Millennium Park, and Boston's historic Quincy Market. The banners were crafted as images of massive postcards addressed to the delegates attending the Climate Talks in Poznan, asking them to agree on a framework for how the world can adequately address the enormity and urgency of the situation. Several other events - there were over 20 in all - were organized by Greenpeace activists and volunteers in communities around the U.S.

View a slideshow of pics taken at the events!

The events in America were not solely for the benefit of the international community, however. President-elect Obama has signaled his intention to get America back on track as a leader in the fight against global warming, but he can't do it alone. He needs a Congress that is ready to implement effective, science-based policies as well. This show of support for global warming solutions by Americans across the country demonstrates that we stand behind the President-elect and his agenda on climate change.

Greenpeace's global warming campaign staff have met and worked with thousands of Americans who care passionately about the future of our climate and the state of the world we will leave behind for the next generation. Americans are ready for serious action to stop global warming, and many of us are doing what we can in our personal lives to address the crisis. But we need our leaders in Congress and the White House to get the job done and pass strong global warming legislation in 2009.

Mounting Evidence and the UN Climate Treaty Negotiations

NASA's top climate scientists have said that the global community needs a plan to dramatically cut CO2 emissions in the next 5 to 10 years to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Scientists at the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meanwhile, released a shocking report last year that laid out the grim future we face if global emissions levels don't peak within that same time frame.

The U.S. pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol shortly after President Bush took office, however, and has been obstructing meaningful action on global warming ever since. The meetings in Poznan, Poland are the latest in a series of international conferences on climate change. This year, they coincide with clear signals from the President-Elect  Barack Obama, that the era of American recalcitrance on the climate crisis has come to an end.

At the UN Climate Conference in Bali in 2007, several countries pledged to nail down a global agreement for tackling climate change by December 2009 at meetings scheduled to be held in Copenhagen. The meetings in Poznan will set the agenda for those to be held in Copenhagen.

During the negotiations in Poznan, therefore, Greenpeace will be urging the U.S. and the other nations of the world to commit to reductions in global warming pollution based on scientific data and the best recommendations of climate scientists.