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Candlelight vigils in Cape Town 11 December 2009

Candlelight vigils in Cape Town 11 December 2009
News from our partner CSO BEN: "Our world leaders will be meeting in Copenhagen soon to decide our future, and the USA is unfortunately proving to be the most obstructionist of all the wealthy nations. Obama will be going for one day – the 9th of December – when he'll no doubt deliver a rousing and eloquent speech. In South Africa we are

planning to hold candlelight vigils outside the US Consulates in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on Friday afternoon, 11th December, where we'll be gathering to tell the US to support the 350 goal and to agree to bold cuts in reducing their emissions.


Activists in South Africa are sending a signal to say that speeches and prizes are good, but action is what is really required – enough action to head us back towards 350 parts per million CO2. Currently the US emissions target is a paltry 3% reductions below 1990 levels – very far away from the 40% science is

saying is necessary. The USA now holds a big key to unlock the climate treaty process, and we need Obama and the US Congress to turn that key.


The timing here is crucial – the vigils are part of a huge mobilisation on the weekend of December 11th - 13th midway through the negotiations. The climate talks will build to a head a few days later, so the more the negotiators feel the pressure from citizens around the world demanding a real deal, the more hopeful the final outcome will be.


We plan to start the vigils before the US consular staff leave work so that's why we want to start at 3pm. Read more about the Washington Post article by Bill McKibben titled “Obama needs to feel the heat” here
and also check out this insightful article by Prof Harald Winkler of the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, summarizing the gloomy prospects for Copenhagen.


Join in the Action and contact Cape Town vigil

organiser – Sam Jack ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 073 444 1514) and Patrick Dowling ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it /021 7011397) Sign up via"

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