Let’s Tell World Leaders: Climate Negotiations Are NOT a Vacation

Written by David Connell on . Posted in Act

We need you to help us make a video that will tell World Leaders this December that climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico are not a vacation!

From November 29- December 10, World leaders will converge in Cancun, Mexico for the latest installment of climate change negotiations — known to the wonky as  COP16. You’ll probably remember this meeting from last year when it was in Copenhagen. Remember all the calls for action on climate change? The massive protests? Presidents and heads of state converging at the 11th hour to hammer out a comprehensive agreement to hold the line on emissions and finally get serious about climate change?

Well, you might also remember that the global agreement never happened and almost everyone left the conference frustrated and disappointed.

This year, the whole thing is happening again except it’s in the prime vacation spot of Cancun and probably won’t feature so many Presidents and ambitious calls to action.

In fact, the United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has already said she doesn’t think there will be a comprehensive global agreement on climate change.

The game plan for the US now seems to be that climate solutions will need to be handled in “chunks.”

So, should we even care? It seems to me this whole thing is about taking a vacation!

But we at The Nature Conservancy want to tell the world’s leaders this is not a vacation, that climate change is a real and urgent issue with serious consequences.

We want real action on climate change. And, we want you to help. So here’s what you do:

Step 1: Download and Print out a copy of our “This is Not a Vacation” poster at the bottom of this post.

Step 2: Fire up the web cam, or your flip cam, or any kind of cam.

Step 3: Hold up the sign and make a video that starts: “This is not a vacation, we need real climate action because …” and tell us why you want to see action on climate change.

Step 4: Then take that video and post it wherever you’d like on the internet (your own YouTube account, Flickr account, Vimeo account, whatever) and post a link to it in the comments section of this post.

Or send us a link to it on twitter to @nature_org with the hash tag: #notavacation

Or post it to our facebook page

We’ll take those responses, stitch them together and bring a video to Cancun to remind everybody: “This is not a vacation!”

You and your video will have the chance to be personally represented at our booth in Cancun over the two weeks of the conference.

Feel free to choose from the following posters for your video:

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Comments (14)

  • Yasser Said

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    yeeh,
    This is not a Vacation, you as leaders should have serious negotiations and stop the planet earth deterioration otherwise you deserve isolation.

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  • Antônio Francisco M de Albuquerque

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    Our leaders need hear our voices.. and stop heard the Devil’s voice…before destroyer humanity

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  • Dr. Jack W. Sites, Jr. (evolutionary biologist)

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    To World Leaders;

    It is past time for comprehensive, binding action on climate change – the scientific consensus – that the earth is warming, and most of this is driven by human activities that increase CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere – is over a decade old, and we continue to dither and squander whatever margin of safety we may have had. Enough!

    For the sake of all future generations of people, and for the planet’s biodiversity and it’s life support systems, let’s move forward on a global agreement that will stabilize & eventually reduce the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.

    Jack W. Sites, Jr.
    Department of Biology
    Brigham Young University

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  • Arvin G. Fike

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    CO2 emmissions will be above those considered safe within the next VERY few years. It is your responsibility, as representative of your nation’s population, to act NOW to arrive at agreements concerning CO2 emmissions that will keep the atmosphereic level of CO2 below the level considered safe. This Cancun meeting is not a vacation!

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  • Dana Adams

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    Please be aware that the whole world’s watching you. It is time our leaders faced reality and did something to slow climate change. It is definitely the consencus of scientists that we humans greatly contribute to CO2 in the atmosphere, and global warming with dire consequences is on a roll now. We are watching and waiting.

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  • Laura Monahan

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    Get with the program!!! We should be the world leaders in the changes required to abate climate change. Too much wimpy rhetoric and no substance. Lead or get out of the way!

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    • davidconnell

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      Thanks Laura! We agree. This site is all about taking personal actions on climate change and finding the solutions we need to stop climate change. We also feel we need leadership at a global level — and that’s what this campaign is about.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Dave Connell
      The Nature Conservancy

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  • juni kurniadiana

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    MESSAGE FROM THE INDONESIA

    We are keen to maintain soil, water, sea and our forests, because our countries have only tropical forests and other natural resources but very different circumstances in the countries you who have advanced all that was nearly extinct that there is only a building- skyscrapers, industrial centers, the packed vehicle, all of which had only resulted in environmental pollution. we now all of you forced to maintain forests and other natural resources to preserve the world for the sake of the interests of all citizens of the world, including you, while the developed countries to other countries that require the preservation of nature less once helped finance our state that have limited funding to preserve our nature, while our economy is highly dependent with the greatest utilization of natural resources, help you Think how the fate of our people are always collapsed and crushed by your unfair treatment, they also want to eat and live well as you but they can not because the results forest could not they use for the preservation of the world. Would you please think and ponder in this discussion should not only be used for refreshing without any meaningful benefit to the preservation of the world hit by natural disasters each time a major sebahagian causes by the reduction in the balance of nature in which we live this.

    Thank you,

    From:

    JUNE KURNIADIANA
    Mukomuko, Indonesia

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    • juni kurniadiana

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      MESSAGE FROM THE INDONESIA

      We are keen to maintain soil, water, sea and our forests, because our countries have only tropical forests and other natural resources but very different circumstances in the countries you who have advanced all that was nearly extinct that there is only a building- skyscrapers, industrial centers, the packed vehicle, all of which had only resulted in environmental pollution. we now all of you forced to maintain forests and other natural resources to preserve the world for the sake of the interests of all citizens of the world, including you, while the developed countries to other countries that require the preservation of nature less once helped finance our state that have limited funding to preserve our nature, while our economy is highly dependent with the greatest utilization of natural resources, help you Think how the fate of our people are always collapsed and crushed by your unfair treatment, they also want to eat and live well as you but they can not because the results forest could not they use for the preservation of the world. Would you please think and ponder in this discussion should not only be used for refreshing without any meaningful benefit to the preservation of the world hit by natural disasters each time a major some causes by the reduction in the balance of nature in which we live this.

      Thank you,

      JUNI KURNIADIANA
      Mukomuko, Indonesia

      Reply

  • A.B.M AZRAF.

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    I Support your mobilization. Thanks, A.B.M AZRAF. ED. ACORD. Bangladesh.

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  • Lauren

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    This is not a vacation. It is scary to think that all will be lost if we do not come together and do what we can to help save our one and only planet. Our lives, money, and livelihood are in your hands. Don’t you think enough is enough? Your children’s children will not have fresh water to drink, they will not be able to see many of the animals that are suffering and dieing off everyday, and farms that once grew multiple crops- now highways or a vast stretch off road. Just because we think we are the better race does not give us the right to treat our Mother this way. Come together-Buy products that are good for the environment, use sustainable resources, drive a hybrid of some sort, turn off lights and water when you can. It is that simple to start making a real difference people! Especially if we do it together. THIS IS NOT A VACATION.

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  • Burt Hartman

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    I will be long gone when at this rate our planet will be unfit for human habitation. Thinking of my great grandchildren I hope those in power will take action now to stop poluting our atmosphere
    Not a vacation for sure, Get to work and get some teeth in the effort to stop fouling the air we breath and the land we live on this is a very small planet which could end up just like Mars. Amen.

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  • connie curtis

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    Here is my link to the video I did for Its not a vacation we need to take action on climate change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcgYUOueAEg

    We need to take care of the earth and I think that what we do as human beings does make an impact on the planet. I am educating people on the basics that they can do that will make a difference. I would like to post it on Nature Conservancy page. How would I go about contacting the person to do that.

    thanks,
    connie

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