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Global Carbon Reduction Fortnight: 5-18 December 2009

WE ALL LIVE IN [CO2]PENHAGEN | 29.01.2009 02:00 | COP15 Climate Summit 2009 | Climate Chaos

A proposal for everyone concerned by climate change and who wants to
make a difference... Please discuss, and forward widely!



- Global local action throughout the world to make
a real and immediate difference

- Everyone, everywhere, everything for the environment and our

It is being said that the Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference,
Dec 7th-18th 2009, will be the most important single event in the history
of humanity. Thousands of people there will be discussing and debating,
prevaricating and protesting about what must be done immediately to
reverse the processes which are inexorably leading to catastrophic
climate change threatening our future as a species. All the scientific
advice is that effective action is needed straight away.

So whatever happens in Copenhagen, what can we - the billions of people
around the world - do ourselves that will immediately make a real

We propose a fortnight of glocal action in every locality, home, street
and workplace - in every neighbourhood, village, town and city...

We call on everyone, everywhere to do everything they can to reduce
carbon emissions throughout the period of the conference. The aim is to
actually reduce the world's carbon emissions by as much as possible
during that time. Successful reduction efforts could each, where
possible, be quantified in some way. This will show humanity's
determination to make the necessary changes and transition to a low or
zero carbon future.

For example, some suggestions of what could be done from 5th - 18th

- mass insulation of all homes and buildings

- mass installation of alternative, renewable energy equipment

- maximum re-use and recycling of all waste materials (domestic, public
and commercial): promote sharing, and the 5 Rs [refuse, reduce, re-use,
repair, recycle]

- reduce car usage: make public transport free for a fortnight, organise
car free events / street parties / freewheel bike days

- temporary boycott or suspension of all air travel, or at least all
unnecessary air travel

- plant millions of trees

- increase local food production in all towns

- increase local self-sufficiency of all necessary goods and

- conversion of workplaces into useful, sustainable production methods
and products

- reduce the production, distribution and consumption of unsustainable or
unnecessary products

- public boycotts and withdrawals of support or co-operation from
particularly damaging products, companies or industries: including mass
switching to green alternatives (eg green energy suppliers) where

- a Big Switch Off of electrical equipment where possible (lighting in
offices and shops, TVs etc)

- temporary reduction or decommissioning for coal fired power

- suspend work on all unsustainable, unneccessary or carbon-dependant
developments (eg building of supermarkets, projects involving mass use of
concrete etc)

- suspend and convert all military activity (wars, production etc) into
useful public works: including a global ceasefire

- organise 'teach-ins' in all colleges, workplaces and community
buildings to discuss what people need to do together to make the changes

- promote empowerment in all communities and workplaces so that
decision-making and use of resources during that period is based on what
is really needed for public and environmental benefit

In fact whatever people wish to do and are able to do, however much or
little - the more diverse and additional ideas for collective action the
better! In the coming months everyone is urged to call for or demand any
or all of these things and more, and to promote, prepare and implement
these measures wherever they can.... Let's make our actions appropriate
to our own areas and lives. Societies and practices involving the
greatest carbon usage need to make the greatest changes, and the basic
needs of all sections of society and areas of the world need to be

The aim is also to stimulate the greatest possible public involvement and
face to face debate, and the collective development of positive and
practical solutions, local transitionary action plans, and visions for a
sustainable future. And at the same time let's celebrate humanity's
ingenuity and intelligence, and our determination and ability to adapt.
This global grass roots undertaking can help re-galvanise public spirit
and a collective common purpose throughout communities everywhere.

Let's make this the largest and most effective grass roots glocal action
ever seen...

Together we can act to transform our world into a sustainable one