POLAND CLIMATE TALK: German Chancellor Merkel Undermining Negotiations

Climate Protest outside the Polish Prime Minister's Residence, Tuesday 9 December 2008Poznan, Poland (RushPRnews)12/10/08-People power is getting results at the world’s crucial climate negotiations this week. But Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is blocking the deal. Let’s send her an avalanche of messages telling her that her international reputation is on the line:
Send your urgent message here!

Pressure is rising as critical global climate negotiations near an end this week. Germany, Poland and Italy had been the main blockers, but now Poland has begun to waver! This leaves just Germany and Italy left standing in the way of the strong European leadership that’s essential to secure us all a global deal.

Germany is the key – Chancellor Merkel is normally a climate champion, but has caved to industry, fearing People power is getting results at the world’s crucial climate negotiations this week. But Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is blocking the deal. Let’s send her an avalanche of messages telling her that her international reputation is on the line:
for German jobs. She needs to hear from us that a Green Recovery is the answer to both our climate and our economic crises.

Merkel cares a great deal about her international reputation, which is why Avaaz has delivered our 150,000-strong petition and protested at her international meetings with the Poles. But now for the punch: an Avaaz commissioned opinion poll which reveals that 85% of Merkel’s own people are calling for her to show leadership in securing a strong climate deal. Together, we can help push Merkel over the edge — follow this link to leave her a quick message encouraging her to do the smart thing for the environment and the economy:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/merkel_lead_on_climate

The growing Avaaz petition, our joint demonstrations, the Fossil of the Day Awards (delivered to the climate offenders of the day) and our advocacy meetings with leaders are starting to shift climate positions at the global climate talks in Poznan. New heroes are emerging, such as the group of small island states whose revolutionary climate solutions we have supported before. The umbrella group for developing countries, the “G77”, and China are also now standing firm to the Europeans.

But despite mounting pressure, Germany is still arguing that emissions allowances should be free for industry. Merkel doesn’t seem to understand the power of a green lead recovery or that green-collar jobs are the new growth industry. Instead she is catering to her country’s cement, chemical, steel and car industries.

But if we can convince her to shift gears, an EU package will be all but sealed and with it a platform for a global climate plan. We’ve got to move decisively before Merkel publicly announces her final position later this week. We need to send clear and unambiguous messages demanding that she doesn’t stand in the way of a global deal. Let her know that we need her back on side:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/merkel_lead_on_climate

As our leaders delay and lower their ambitions for action, our planet and our people are placed at greater risk. At this crucial time, our role is to let our representatives now that we wont allow another global climate talks to fail, that we have the solutions to the climate crisis, and we expect nothing less than a strong and binding deal to achieve it.

With hope,

Brett, Graziela, Ben, Ricken, Paula, Iain, Alice, Paul, Milena, Pascal and the whole Avaaz Team.

PS. For a report on Avaaz’s campaigning so far, see:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/report_back_2

PPS. You can watch the Fossil Awards live online for the rest of the week at 6pm CET/1pm EST at http://www.mogulus.com/youthclimatemovement or past winners at http://www.fossil-of-the-day.org

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Photo:Climate Protest outside the Polish Prime Minister’s Residence, Tuesday 9 December 2008