Image: Ralph Lee Hopkins
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the first-ever Global Climate Week on September 19. From September 21-25, 100 cities around the world, including New York, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Mexico City and Nairobi, will take part together with corporations, communities and individuals. The goal is for people around the world to get their activist shoes on and to encourage their leaders to seek an effective climate agreement.
Many of the participating cities have adopted the UN’s “Seal the Deal!” slogan that aims at world leaders sealing a “fair, balanced and effective agreement on climate change” later this year at the UN Climate Change Conference December 7-18 in Copenhagen.
Global Climate Week coincides with the UN’s Summit on Climate Change on September 22 in New York during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the fact that climate change requires global solidarity and that 2009 has been proclaimed “the year of climate change”.
There’s still time to find out about Global Climate Week events in your city. And until the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, there are many ways to raise awareness about climate change such as joining local chapters and communities supporting the issue or simply signing the Seal the Deal! global petition online which will be presented at the conference in Copenhagen.
To date, 25,381 supporters have already signed, among them well-known public figures. The video above features six of them from four continents dedicated to climate change: Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives; 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Wangari Maathai from Kenya; Philippe Cousteau, CEO of EarthEcho International and grandson of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau; violinist and UN Messenger of Peace Midori; Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle and wildlife filmmaker; and conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton.
See, you’d be in good company!
We’ll even throw in a free album.