Global Day of Action 2008

Feature story - December 9, 2008
People across the world took to the streets for a Global Day of Action on Saturday, to tell the governments meeting in Poznan, Poland for crucial UN climate negotiations, that the world is watching them.

Solar Generation builds a base for solar cell installlation. Solar Generation and Greenpeace activists along with coal impacted communities of Mae moh, install a photo voltaic solar energy system at the Occupational Patient Rights Network in Lampang, Thailand. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Mae Moh coal plant is one of the largest lignite-fired electricity generating facilities in Southeast Asia. Every hour the plant pour approximately 7 tons of sulphur dioxide into the local environment. Every year, Mae Moh coal plant emits over 7 million tons of climate change-inducing carbon dioxide.

Solar Generation constructs a check dam by digging, cutting grass to adjust the area, carrying bricks for the dam in Occupational Patient Rights Network. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Mae Moh coal plant is one of the largest lignite-fired electricity generating facilities in Southeast Asia. Every hour the plant pour approximately 7 tons of sulphur dioxide into the local environment. Every year, Mae Moh coal plant emits over 7 million tons of climate change-inducing carbon dioxide.

Solar Generation constructs a check dam by digging, cutting grass to adjust the area, carrying bricks for the dam in Occupational Patient Rights Network. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Mae Moh coal plant is one of the largest lignite-fired electricity generating facilities in Southeast Asia. Every hour the plant pour approximately 7 tons of sulphur dioxide into the local environment. Every year, Mae Moh coal plant emits over 7 million tons of climate change-inducing carbon dioxide.

Solar Generation constructs a check dam by digging, cutting grass to adjust the area, carrying bricks for the dam in Occupational Patient Rights Network. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Mae Moh coal plant is one of the largest lignite-fired electricity generating facilities in Southeast Asia. Every hour the plant pour approximately 7 tons of sulphur dioxide into the local environment. Every year, Mae Moh coal plant emits over 7 million tons of climate change-inducing carbon dioxide.

Solar Generation from universities learns about how villagers affected by Mae Moh coal mine fought for their rights from the president of Occupational Patient Rights Network. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Mae Moh coal plant is one of the largest lignite-fired electricity generating facilities in Southeast Asia. Every hour the plant pour approximately 7 tons of sulphur dioxide into the local environment. Every year, Mae Moh coal plant emits over 7 million tons of climate change-inducing carbon dioxide.

Solar Generation and Greenpeace activists along with coal impacted communities of Mae moh, install a photo voltaic solar energy system at the Occupational Patient Rights Network in Lampang, Thailand. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change.

Solar Generation and Greenpeace activists along with coal impacted communities of Mae moh, install a photo voltaic solar energy system at the Occupational Patient Rights Network in Lampang, Thailand. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change.

Solar Generation and Greenpeace activists along with coal impacted communities of Mae moh, install a photo voltaic solar energy system at the Occupational Patient Rights Network in Lampang, Thailand. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change.

Solar Generation and Greenpeace activists along with coal impacted communities of Mae moh, install a photo voltaic solar energy system at the Occupational Patient Rights Network in Lampang, Thailand. The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change.

Greenpeace volunteers in 23 countries from Australia to Italy to Mexico to the Philippines to Turkey to the US joined or led a series of protests, demonstrations and outreach events to ensure that Ministers arriving in Poznan  listen to the will of their citizens, and get serious about climate action. Here's a video of the action day in Poznan itself.

"The world is watching governments in Poznan" said Mareike Britten, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner. "Saturday's actions clearly show that people across the world recognise that it's time for governments to get serious about climate action."

From a flash mob of people in swimming gear in Amsterdam, to protests in Red Square, Moscow to banner messages on Aztec pyramids in Mexico, to installing solar panels in Thailand, and giving a solar powered Parol (a Filipino Christmas lantern) to the Philippine senate, to a giant postcards reading "Dear World Leaders, we are ready to save the climate" in Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, to a boat protest on the Ganga River in India, our map below highlights key Greenpeace activities across the world.

 

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Solar Generation and Greenpeace activists along with coal impacted communities of Mae moh, install a photo voltaic solar energy system at the Occupational Patient Rights Network in Lampang, Thailand. They also learn how Mae Moh villagers impacted by lignite mine and power plant fought for their rights and were eventually granted the new relocated area out of dead zone.

The activity is part of Global Day of Action aiming to send message "get serious about climate change" to governments around the world gather at the Conference of Parties under UNFCCC and Meeting of the Parties under Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland where negotiations are ongoing on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change.

Mae Moh coal plant is one of the largest lignite-fired electricity generating facilities in Southeast Asia. Every hour the plant pour approximately 7 tons of sulphur dioxide into the local environment. Every year, Mae Moh coal plant emits over 7 million tons of climate change-inducing carbon dioxide.

Take action! The global day of action is over, but it's not too late for you tell your government you are watching them. Join activists from around the world by uploading your photo to be projected at the Poznan meetings.

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Join activists from around the world by uploading your photo to be projected at this year's UN meeting on Climate Change. Let the government leaders know that the World is Watching what happens at this year's meeting.

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