Send a message to Copenhagen demanding action on climate change!
This summer British ocean rower Roz Savage rowed solo 2,600 miles across the Pacific from Hawaii to Kiribati, where she saw the human face of climate change. Kiribati, a scattering of small coral atolls, will be uninhabitable within the next 50 years as climate change causes rises in sea level and increasingly frequent major weather events. See http://www.youtube.com/watch... for a video about Kiribati.
She is now taking her message to the climate change conference in Copenhagen, in her role as United Nations "Climate Hero". With a small group of friends (including a documentary filmmaker) she will set out on Nov 20 to walk 200 miles from Big Ben to Brussels, where she will join the United Nations Climate Express train for the remainder of the journey to Copenhagen.
En route they will gather signatures on inflatable "Earth" balls, to be delivered to the conference as a petition calling on the delegates to take action on climate change.
The global online community will also be encouraged to show solidarity with the cause by joining Roz's environmental mission, called Pull Together: http://pulltogether09.org. This initiative aims to inspire people to take action on CO2 levels by walking more and driving less. Calling upon her supporters around the world to Pull Together, Roz will challenge them to match the 10,000 oar strokes she does each day on the ocean by walking 10,000 steps a day.
Using photos, videos, blogs and several social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, her mission is to connect and engage people of all ages around the world, and demonstrate that every action, no matter how small it may seem, does indeed matter. http://www.rozsavage.com.
The $5,000 budget is to cover:
- cost of flights for filmmaker arriving from USA
- filmmaker's time
- purchase of carbon offsets to cover any unavoidable CO2 emissions (e.g. ferry)
- ferry fares
- hostel accommodation en route
- roaming charges for mobile phone which will be used to post daily updates online
Thank you for checking out my project. I hope you'll feel inspired to help. Every contribution counts!
If we all pull together, we CAN save the world.
Update Nov 11, 2009: What a fantastic result. We now have the $5,000 we needed for our BB2B walk. If we are lucky enough to get any more pledges coming in (and some Kickstarter projects seem to go to 200% or even 300% of their initial targets) then we have plenty of other exciting features we could add to the project - all the way to Copenhagen.
The documentary film has a budget of $75,000 - it would be great if we can help out BB2B team member Nora McDevitt with her fundraising goal.
And we are planning to have an "Eco Adventurers Reception" in Copenhagen, to spread some inspiration through the conference. We now have a partial sponsor for that - thanks to Green People, makers of fantastic organic skincare products - and a potential venue. But we still need some more funding.
So keep the pledges coming in - it will ALL be used for the stated purposes - in keeping with our "wipe out waste" ethos, not a penny will go to waste!
- (17 days)