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Spring 2010 Update

Spring 2010 Update

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spring update 2010
 
On the cover:
A jaguar lounges in the Amazon Rainforest.
 © Rodrigo Baléia/Greenpeace
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Special Thanks to our Contributing Editors
Lindsey Allen, Kellen Dunlap, Lisa Finaldi, JohnHocevar, Deepa Isac, Allison MacBride, Robert Meyers,Scott Paul, Sara Rycroft, Rolf Skar, and Mark Smith
spring update 2010
This poster, which features President Obama in 2020apologizing for his failure to act at the 2009 ClimateSummit, was one of several that Greenpeace placed allover the Copenhagen International Airport in December.Other heads of state featured in the Greenpeace campaignincluded the United Kingdom’s Gordon Brown, Canada’sStephen Harper, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and Brazil’sLuiz Inacio Lula la da Silva.
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As the Climate Summit entered its second week, the FourHorsemen of the Apocalypse descended upon Copenhagen.The Four Horsemen represent Death, Famine, War, andPestilence — all the severe and interrelated impacts ofunchecked global warming. The horsemen’s goal was tosend an ominous reminder to the world’s leaders of what isat stake if they do not take serious action and agree upon afair, ambitious, and legally binding global warming treaty.
 
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Save the Whales35th AnniversaryOrigami WhalesSave the Ugly Fish, Too!Imagine for a moment thatyou’re in the Danish capital ofCopenhagen.It’s the twelfth night of thetwelfth month of the year and the negotiations at the2009 Climate Summit have reached a standstill. Thecity is shrouded in a somber silence.As the fate of the planet hangs in the balance, asingle candle suddenly comes to light on one ofCopenhagen’s darkened streets. The candlelightspreads – slowly at first, then faster and faster. Fivecandles, twenty-five candles, twenty-five thousandcandles. The streets of Copenhagen look like theyare on fire.Finally, one hundred thousand candles, carried byone hundred thousand men, women, and children,illuminate the city. The brilliant throng makes its wayto the center of Copenhagen and encircles the BellaCenter, where the U.N. Climate Summit is being held.There they stand together, maintaining a peacefulcandlelight vigil outside the building long into the night.
The message of the one hundred thousand wassimple: “Act Now, Stop Global Warming.”
Of all Greenpeace’s physically daring and visuallyprovocative actions in 2009 – from Mt. Rushmore, BigBen, and the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House,the Yong Ding Gate, and the Kremlin – this candle-light vigil in Copenhagen was perhaps the mostpoignant for me.Each flickering flame that night represented a humanlife, millions of which are at stake in our struggleagainst global warming. Our elected officials have aresponsibility to ensure that their people can lookforward to a green and peaceful future. Though theleaders of the world ultimately failed to agree upon alegally binding treaty in Copenhagen last year, thespirit of the people endures.
One became one hundred thousand inCopenhagen and I know that we have thepotential to mobilize millions here in the U.S.
The world still expects great things of PresidentObama and the U.S., but we cannot expect him tosave the world on his own. We can expect — andmust demand — that the president leads in recom-mitting the U.S. to the democratic U.N. process,doubles his efforts through the EPA and othermethods to cut global warming pollution without theloopholes, clean air act rollbacks, impending nucleardisasters, and green light for coal that we see incurrent legislation, and approaches the negotiationsas what they are — negotiations to save millions oflives, dozens of countries, 70% of the world’s species,and a future that is worth passing on to our children.For the Earth,Philip D. Radford
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