Unrobing the Emperors and other matters of concern. An author's blog - begun in January 2016 - revealing political deception in the UK - paving the way to The Road to Corbyn (2016, Matador) and Dying to Know - Running through a Pandemic (2022, Matador). Also updates on my work in progress: 'Mine to Die', an unusual work of local history with global ethical importance.
Wednesday 13 April 2022
AVAAZ - POINTING THE WAY TO SAVE OURSELVES FROM EXTINCTION
This email from Avaaz seemed important enough to save and share as a blogpost. The perspective is very powerful.
is one of the most important moments to help end the extinction
crisis the world has ever seen. No exaggeration. A new global
deal to save nature could be signed in 5 months -- but as Avaaz
staff get back from the latest negotiations, there’s still massive
campaigning and advocacy work needed to ensure this treaty
can really save nature -- and humanity. We only have 5 months to
do it -- and with your support we can double our efforts.
million years ago, an asteroid killed 75% of life on Earth.
Today we're facing another mass
extinction -- but this time, the asteroid is us.
Humanity has now destroyed two-thirds of the world's rainforests,
half the coral reefs, and 87% of all wetlands. Now a million
species are howling on the sharp edge of extinction. We couldn't stop the last mass
die-off, but we can stop this one. The next
five months are critical.
Governments are busy negotiating a new global deal to save
nature, with final talks at
the end of August. It means we only have 150 days to ensure leaders follow the
science and agree to protect half the planet.
Their decisions will be decisive
for life on Earth, so we have to go all out.
If 10,000 of us make a small weekly donation, we can storm the
talks, shaking the halls of power with the
voices of Indigenous people, scientists, and millions of citizens. We'll face down the
polluters and poachers, pushing our leaders for a deal to truly
end the extinction crisis.
I promise you this: we'll fight with every fibre of our being.
Because Earth can't wait anymore. For the bees, birds, bears, and
every strand in the fragile web of life, join this deafening roar for the planet -- donate
what you can now with one click:
More than 50 governments have now agreed to protect 30% of the
planet by 2030 -- but scientists say it isn't enough. For nature
to regenerate, and to save our planet's life-support systems, we have to protect half the Earth --
and we need a global treaty to enforce action.
Avaaz campaigners are already shaping the treaty, in fact our team
of nature defenders is just back from the preliminary Geneva
talks! But too many leaders are siding with
polluters, weakening agreements, and running down
the clock. We can't let it happen!
Millions are getting this email right now. If enough of us make a small weekly donation, we could:
Super-size our campaign for maximum pressure on
world leaders to deliver a real deal to save nature;
Bring the largest delegation of Indigenous leadersand scientists, backed by millions,
into the final negotiations;
Defend the rights of Indigenous communities who've protected
vast stretches of the natural world for centuries;
Power Avaaz's fight to defend critical ecosystems, like the Amazon
rainforest -- and mobilise to elect leaders who protect
powerful new campaigns to shift billions
spent on dirty investments into planet-saving projects
around the world.
Ultimately, this is about survival. What
happens to the natural world, happens to us all. We are not
separate from nature; we are part of it, connected to the very
trees, rivers, and oceans that are being decimated. But we also
have the power to change course. Our fragile Earth needs a voice.
Let's be deafening together --
donate what you can now:
The world is rightly focused on the devastating war in the
Ukraine, and Avaaz is doing all we can. But while the war rages,
the chainsaws, diggers, and polluters are charging ahead,
pulverising the planet into a barren, lifeless tundra. We can't
miss this opportunity to fight for life on Earth -- and with your
support, we can do it. For the Earth of our dreams, let's rise
With endless hope and wild determination -- always,
Mike, Marigona, Adela, Kaitlin, Camille, Alis, Sofia, Nell, and
the whole team at Avaaz
a 69-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views
and values of the world's people shape global decision-making.
("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many
languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team
is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17
languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
You became a member of the Avaaz
movement and started receiving these emails when you signed
"Community Petitions Site" on 2014-04-17 using the email