Thursday, November 19, 2009
Vigil for Survival - Dec 11
There is a global mobilization planned for the weekend in the middle of the Copenhagen climate conference—Dec. 11-13.
Mid-way through the climate talks, people all over the world will gather at iconic or strategic locations in their communities, and will light candles of hope to stand in solemn solidarity with the citizens of the nations whose very survival is threatened by the climate crisis.
These nations are calling for a “survival pact,” for commitments by the developed world to cut emissions enough to get the atmospheric concentration of CO2 back to 350 parts-per-million. They know the simple, mathematical truth of global warming: 350 = Survival.
In the Westchester area of Los Angeles (right beneath the flight path of LAX airport) we will be gathering. We'll hold our vigil in front of the LAX sign on Sepulveda at Lincoln.
When: Friday night, Dec 11, 7pm
Where: [no longer at the LAX sign]
LOCATION CHANGE BECAUSE OF RAIN!
We will still hold the candlelight vigil! We will move indoors, into a church a few blocks from the outdoor site. We'll be at Holy Nativity Church, 6700 W. 83rd, Westchester/LA 90045. 310 670 4777 This backup location is shown on the "Google map to the site" below.
Who: you, your friends, your family and children, and many others who care about global warming and survival.
Coordinated by the Environmental Change-Makers and Transition Los Angeles
Bring: candles, warm clothes (it gets windy there), and signs or banners about 350 or global warming plus flashlights to illuminate them.
What we'll do: We are planning candles (of course!), song, possibly drumming, and a reading of the very moving speech given a few weeks ago by the President of the Maldives, the speech which called for solidarity. Photos from the evening will be forwarded to 350 and to our political representatives to make our voices be heard.
Google map to the site
"Flying off to a Warmer Climate"
"Saying Goodbye to Air Travel" by Richard Heinberg
The impact of flying on the environment, BBC Justin Rowlett
"To Fly or Not to Fly" by Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande
The Science of 350
"The Physics of Copenhagen: Why politics-as-usual may mean the end of civilization" by Bill McKibben
"Global Warming Deniers Well Funded," Newsweek (if that link doesn't work try this one)