350.org at the Bolivia Climate Summit
350.org is Reporting From the Front Lines of the Conference in Bolivia!
350.org supports the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth organized by the Bolivian government from April 19th-April 22nd. Bolivia has become a major leader on climate change, being one of the few countries to call out the Copenhagen Accord for being far too weak to address the scientific reality of climate change. Now, with this upcoming summit, they are taking the lead in bringing together the most progressive government leaders and civil society actors to create an alternative platform and plan of action to deal with the climate crisis.
For media inquiries or to set up interviews: Kelly Blynn, 350.org co-founder and co-coordinator, Bolivia cell: + 591 74803186, Marcelo Quintanilla, 350 México coordinator, + 591 76445805
Article from Bill McKibben: Bless Bolivia for Recharging the Fight to Rescue our Climate, Huffington Post
350.org organizers from the México, Perú, Bolivia, Panamá, the U.S., and more will be participating in person at the summit in the following ways:
Science and Climate Change panel - 10:30-12:30 - 20 April - Salón Regina: 350.org Co-founder Bill McKibben will be speaking on this official conference panel via video feed about the 350ppm target and movement in 181 countries.
Self-organized event: After Copenhagen? Time to get to work! The 350 Movement in 2010 - 18:30-20:30 - 20 April - Universidad del Valle, Sala AV C1 BloC: Last year, together with hundreds of local grassroots groups around the world like those represented in Cochabamba, 350.org built up an enormous and unprecedented grassroots global movement for action on climate change in line with what the science demands. The global day of rallies coordinated on 24 October turned out to “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history,” according to CNN, with 5200 actions in 181 countries. And in Copenhagen that translated into 117 countries—2/3 of the world’s nations—supporting a tough goal of 350ppm CO2, the level leading scientists have stated is the safe upper limit for our atmosphere. Yet the biggest nations blocked meaningful action. So this year, the 350.org movement will “Get To Work” transforming our communities, and demanding that our government officials do the same.
Join 350 youth leaders from around Latin America and from the founding team to hear organizing stories from the movement that has rapidly gained momentum in just a year, and join in a discussion for how to help propel this global grassroots movement forward in 2010 and beyond.
Latin American youth meeting: 350.org, their partner from Bolivia, Reacción Climática, and more partners from Latin America saw the Cochabamba summit as an excellent opportunity to gather informally with the youth leaders present from Latin America and from around the world to meet, take into account the ideas and plans emerging from the People's Summit, and work hard on ideas and proposals for collective action on climate change towards COP16. The meeting will take place on April 23rd and 24th in the center of Cochabamba. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Stay tuned to Cochabamba from afar
Webcasting, Twitter, and Facebook: here's a quick list to follow to hear what's happening at the conference, as it happens:
One Climate will be broadcasting many of the sessions live from here: http://oneclimate.net/bolivia
- Official conference Twitter account: @boliviaun
- List of Twitter users from Cochabamba: @boliviaun/cochabamba
- Official hashtag: #cochabamba - tag with #350ppm for your tweets to show up on our front page
- 350 Twitterers from Cochabamba - @kellyblynn, @marceloqb, @350peru, @350_espanol
Stay tuned to our blog in English and in Spanish for updates about the summit. For more general information about 350.org's participation in the World People's Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming weeks, we will have more information about how to follow what's happening in Cochabamba via our social networks, and how you can participate from afar.