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 demonstrations? Over 100 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 only amounted to a vague 2-pager and almost everyone left the conference frustrated and disappointed.

This year, the whole thing is happening again except the meeting is 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? Is this whole thing about taking a vacation?

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 world leaders: “This is not a vacation!”

You and your video will have the chance to be personally represented 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 (10)

  • Christa Evans

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    What date do you need the videos submitted by?
    Thanks!

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  • Climate Change Conference in Cancun is not a vacation « Brown Loves Green

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    [...] Citizens all over the world want our leaders to pay attention, and we want real action on climate change. The great people over at The Nature Conservancy have a fresh idea, and they need your help. All you need is a camera that can take video, a printer and a computer! Here’s how. [...]

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  • Charmaine Villadonga

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    We must act now on Climate change. Our planet is in peril and going down fast. We must pass some comprehensive legislation now. This is NOT VACATION TIME. The time is now to act. Let’s not wait until it is too late.

    We cannot wait for another disaster like the Gulf Oil Spill to act, we need this done NOW!

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  • Michael Miller

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    I hope this meeting will be objective, won’t be just A Meeting for another Meeting. or An Arab League Meeting, but a meeting for a change of hearts, and learn from one another into improving, helping the ones already in the process of change, as well as assisting those back stepping into embracing the change, Also to conquer the fear of change, and those with fear must search deep in their hearts, that your actions will be converted into Deeds, and if history taught us something: The men with Good Deeds shall be remembered for generations and thousands of years, when our boones turned into dust, but the Real Men Names shall always be remembered throughout the ages, not for their wags and tattoos or how broad were their shoulders, but for what they left behind for the new generation to abide with and enjoy.
    Comes the day, comes the fear, but as the Fear has Lost and Condemned. Simply there is nothing to fear.
    Thatt day, the World Population should come together, in one Thing (Not in Breaking or Terrorising, but Voiced Concern in form) of: A Vocal & Loud A Prayer for the Leaders to be blessed with the wisdom, courage and action to equally share the agreement for A Change.
    As may be in the following split second, you won’t be around any longer for talk, but you will be in after talk, facing the Devine Justice that you have denied to the rest of us, wandering what had.you done, and where were your deeds and proofs to show? Then it is too late, you are already dead in the after talk and The Second Life. As for now, show us your puppies and then, may be just then, You Will All Get Your Papers.

    In Him,

    Blessings.

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  • Vernon Huffman

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    The change we need to save humanity from our own behavior is not going to flow down from the leaders. Each of us must dedicate all our time, money, and energy toward building a sustainable future. Start by getting rid of the car and the TV. Move toward a locally grown, organic, raw vegan diet. Refuse any support to the multinational corporations or the governments they own. Build the local institutions that meet the needs of people without turning natural resources into a toxic mess. We can do it, but it’ll be hard work. Don’t wait for the leaders. Be the change you seek.

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  • K. Williams

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    My students wanted to use a bit of teenage humor to remind our leaders that climate change will be a huge headache for their generation if THIS generation doesn’t make better choices NOW! All kidding aside, the students wanted to do their part to join the many voices around the world who are trying to make a difference.
    Thanks for viewing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9XCGLNFftQ

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    • davidconnell

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      Love it! Great job. Thanks so much for posting this.

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      • Bobbie

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        Will the video you decided to show in Cancun, “This is NOT a vacation,” be shown to us as well?

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        • David Connell

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          Hey Bobbie,
          Sadly, we only got one or two submissions for the “This is Not a Vacation video” so we didn’t have enough material to create a stand-alone video for the COP. This is probably a reflection of the apathy for the COP, asking too much of people to create a video and, frankly, our failure as communicators.

          But stay tuned, we’ll continue to try new things on this site to get people involved and raise awareness of the issues. I hope we can continue to count on your support.

          Thanks so much,
          Dave Connell
          The Nature Conservancy

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  • Stephen H

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    I knew the enviroment and climate change were an issue, but this video pointed out that if we want true change to stop vacationing and get to work! The actress/commentator should do more videos to showcase these points. She is great!

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