Massive Grass Roots Web Campaign Organizes Protest in 72 Hours
BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 72 hours, almost
100,000 Canadians have signed a petition online that calls on Prime Minister
Harper to stop obstructing UN climate change talks in Bali.
The petition, organized by the web-campaigning group Avaaz.org, was
organized following Canada's repeated receipt of the global "Fossil" award for
being the worst country in the world at the Balitalks.
Canadians also donated thousands of dollars to run an ad campaign,
including in today's Ottawa Citizen and CalgarySun. The ad can be viewed at
Avaaz activists have flooded phone lines to the Prime Minister's office
and the House of Commons with complaints on Thursday and Friday.
"Many Canadians haven't been able to recognize our country lately," said
Avaaz.org's Executive Director Ricken Patel. "By cynically blocking the UN's
sincere and desperate efforts to address climate change, Mr. Harper's
misleadership is devastating Canada's global reputation. The public response
on the internet has been overwhelming."
At the Balisummit, Avaaz members have organized marches, press
conferences, and petition deliveries, as well as daily ceremonies to mark the
"Fossil" awards given by a vote of 400 global climate NGOs. Canadian youth
delegates have repeatedly attempted to deliver the Avaaz petition to
Environment Minister Baird. Some other highlights of the campaign follow:
-- Tens of thousands of Avaaz members in the US, Canadaand Japanhave
lobbied their governments to stop obstructing the Balitalks.
-- More than 150,000 global Avaaz members signed a petition urging Bush,
Harper, and Fukuda to support global warming emissions cuts in the Bali
negotiations, and urging the rest of the world to insist on such cuts.
-- Avaaz ran a Full-page color ad -- depicting the leaders of Canada, the
US and Japan as passengers on the Titanic -- on the back of the special
conference section in the Jakarta Post, which was distributed free to all
delegates in Bali.
-- Avaaz helped organize and generate turnout for rallies and protests
around the world in a Global Day of Action on Saturday Dec 8th. Also brought
550,000 members' voices inside the conference center with a "virtual march" of
young people bearing world flags of their countries.
-- Avaaz coordinated an effort by 10 of the world's major green NGOs to
deliver 2.6 million petition signatures to the Bali Summit. The joint petition
was received by UK Environment Minister Hillary Benn at a ceremony just
outside the main conference center.
Avaaz.org is a new global civic advocacy group that works to ensure that
the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making.
Launched in January of 2007 in twelve languages, it has grown by more than
40,000 people per week to its present size of 1.8 million members from every
country on earth. Avaaz means "voice" in Hindi, Urdu, Nepalese, Farsi, and
many other world languages. www.avaaz.org
For further information:
For further information: Ricken Patel, +1-646-229-5416, for Avaaz.org
Web Site: Avaaz.org