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12/19/09

Copenhagen COP OUT

The ‘climate deal’ on the table in Copenhagen today is a triumph of spin over substance says Oxfam International. The deal – which has been announced by the US, India, China and South Africa - has not been endorsed by the EU and many other countries.

The deal provides no confidence that catastrophic climate change will be averted or that poor countries will be given the money they need to adapt as temperatures rise. Leaders have also put off agreeing a legally binding deal until the end of 2010.

Oxfam said the agreement must be endorsed by all countries and demanded that it be a floor not a ceiling on action.

Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam International said:

“This deal barely papers over the huge differences between countries which have plagued these talks for two years.

“The deal is a triumph of spin over substance. It recognizes the need to keep warming below 2 degrees but does not commit to do so. It kicks back the big decisions on emissions cuts and fudges the issue of climate cash.

“Millions of people around the world do not want to see their hopes for a fair, binding and ambitious deal die in Copenhagen. Leaders need to get back round the table in early 2010 take the hard decisions they copped out of in Copenhagen.”


The deal

$100bn a year in climate cash for poor countries


This is an aspirational goal not a commitment – poor countries will have no confidence that they will receive the money they need to reduce their emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

$100bn is only half the money needed. The shortfall could mean that health workers in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa will not get the $1.5bn they need each year to prevent climate induced deaths from malaria and diarrhoea.

There are no assurances that the $100bn will be additional to existing aid commitments. This means aid for education and health care could be diverted to pay for flood defenses.

The $100bn will not all be public money. Unless climate cash comes from public sources, there are no guarantees that it will reach the right people, in the right places, at the right time.

Spin

Global temperature rises kept below 2 degrees centigrade

Reality

The absence of any emissions reductions targets means there is no guarantee warming will be kept below 2 degrees centigrade. Climate science is clear on the need for deep emissions cuts by 2020. Specific targets are essential.

Shorbanu Khatun, a climate migrant at the summit with Oxfam said: “I came all the way from a displaced persons camp on the flooded coast of Bangladesh to see justice done for the 45,000 people made homeless by cyclone Aila. How do I tell them their misery has fallen on deaf ears?”

12/7/09

Copenhagen 101

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/12/07/business/1247465985669/copenhagen-101.html

Check out this video (linked above) where the NY Times's Tom Zeller Jr. and Andrew C. Revkin, along with some people in Times Square, discuss the science and diplomacy behind the climate conference.

10/27/09

The Largest Global Action in HISTORY!

What an amazing day and turn out! Thank you so much for such a terrific day of action. Here is the photo of the "Roger's Park Carbon Free Picnic and Music Festival" that took place in the brand new energy efficient Quinlan Life Science Building on Loyola's campus. The white boards are letters to Senator Durbin and Senator Burris that were asking for support on the current climate legislation, we collected over 200 signatures! Check out 350.org for this and more inspirational pictures of actions from all around the world! Over 180 nations participated!! Thanks to everyone who participated in a very successful day of climate action!

10/16/09

Oct 24th ACTION: Roger's Park Carbon Free Picnic and Music Festival

We are collaborating with Loyola, Rogers Park, and 350.org to bring you a FREE event celebrating International Day of Climate Action! 24 October 2009 - 11:00am - 2:30pm 1050 W. Pratt Blvd Chicago, IL, 60626 With live music, local food, guest speakers, Sisters on the Planet showings, collective art projects, Action Corps volunteer sign-up and MORE! Visit http://www.350.org/RogersPark for more details or to RSVP! See you all there!

10/6/09

The no B.S. youth report from Bangkok

http://www.stumbleupon.com/s/#6rGbBv/blogs.current.com/green/2009/10/06/the-no-b-s-youth-report-from-bangkok-introducing-the-adopt-a-negotiator-project//

The no B.S. youth report from Bangkok: Introducing the Adopt a Negotiator Project
October 6th, 2009 by Leah Lamb

As part of our 350 degrees of Copenhagen series we bring you this interview with the Adopt a Negotiator team members who are reporting back from Bangkok.

If you can’t keep up about what’s going on behind the scenes in preparation for Copenhagen…you shouldn’t feel alone. The information isn’t easy to find. The proof is in the pudding, as Joshua Wiese and Ben Jervey explain to us why they are working with a crew of trackers who are representing 12 countries from throughout the developing and developed world. They are reporting in 8 different languages, opening up these meetings to people all over the world. They video skyped (is that a new verb?) in to our studio from the Bangkok climate talks (which explains the strange hotel room in the background).

These negotiations are, quite literally, determining the fate of our planet. It’s easy to argue that they’re the most important meetings in the history of the world. But no “typical citizen” has any idea what goes on at international negotiations. We’re working to shine a light on the process–bring some transparency to a normally pretty opaque proceedings.

Adopt a Negotiator was launched at the Bonn intersessional talks in June, we╩╝ll track the negotiations through Bangkok, then Barcelona, and on to Copenhagen, following the lead negotiators and delegates from 12 key countries, and sharing news and updates of their positions along the way.

You can follow them regularly on their blog at www.tcktcktck.org and www.adoptanegotiator.org. And of course, we’ll have more updates from them on Current Green.

9/29/09

CRUDE Documentary Screening: OCT 2-8!

Please visit www.crudethemovie.com for more info including the trailer, playdates, photography, reviews and links to find out more information about the case and ways in which to get involved.


Opens Friday, October 2 in Chicago
ONE WEEK ONLY!

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 North State Street, Chicago · 312-846-2800

Showtimes:
October 2, 5, 6, 7: 6:00pm, 8:00pm
October 3: 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm
October 4: 3:15pm, 5:15pm
*October 8: 6:00pm, 8:15pm

* Filmmaker Joe Berlinger in attendance Thursday, 10/8 @ 6pm & 8:15pm shows!

9/26/09

Oxfam Action Corps Celebrates International Day of Climate Action!

Check out our post on 350.org for the event, and please spread the word! Do contact us if you would like to RSVP, volunteer, or share and idea for the action! chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org
http://www.350.org/node/7281

9/24/09

SAVE THE DATE: International Day of Climate Action

Save the date: We're collaborating with 350.org to plan an event for International Day of Climate Action!

Chicago Oxfam Action Corps
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION
Saturday, October 24
3-6pm
Roosevelt University Campus

The event will feature Sisters on the Planet screenings, a guest speaker, tables of other allied organizations, Intelligensia coffee for you java fiends, and Greenheart goods. More organizations and details to come soon, check back!

9/17/09

Monthly Activist Meet-Up

As we're nearing the end of the month, we're getting closer to our monthly Activist Meet-up, if you're interested in helping to plan events, this meeting will suit you well! Come find us at:

ARTISTS CAFE
412 S. Michigan (near Congress)
Thursday, Sept. 24th from 7:00-8:30pm
www.artists-cafe.com


We will be debriefing summer legislative visits around the ACES Act, celebrating the sign on letters received far and wide across the country in support of climate change legislation that includes the needs of vulnerable commuties, and spending the bulk of the time planning for an exciting event coming up... (drumroll please!)

Mark your calendars for:
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION
Saturday, October 24th
Roosevelt University Campus downtown

more details TBA

The event will be hosted jointly between the Chicago Oxfam Action Corps and Roosevelt University student activists and will include prominent speakers on the issue, fair trade tables, opportunities to snag a free Sisters on the Planet DVD for house parties to host your own screening night.

8/31/09

Climate Change Calls for Adaptation says UN

As researchers predict substantial changes to the environment because of global warming, scientists discuss how to get information about the scope of climate change into the hands of decision makers.


A five-day conference in Geneva aims to provide politicians and other decision makers with the data they need to make informed decisions when it comes to climate change, according to members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the technical and scientific arm of the United Nations, which is hosting the conference.


"Even if we reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, the climate will continue to change," Gro Harlem Brundtland, the United Nations secretary-general's special envoy on climate change, said on Monday. "All countries will need to adapt to a changing and more erratic climate."

But the problem is not a lack of dire warnings about more storms, rising sea levels, droughts, and famine, but how the information is used, according to WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.


"The problem is that much information on the climate is not used properly," Jarraud told reporters. "It's time to link technology and science with decision makers."


Climate justice

Former UN Secretary- General Kofi AnnanAnnan said rich countries should make the biggest emissions cuts

The conference comes before world leaders and delegates are set to meet in Copenhagen in December in an effort to agree on a binding deal that would curb global warming before the Kyoto Protocol, the current compromise on reducing greenhouse gases, runs out in 2012.


Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told delegates in Geneva that climate agreements had to be "radical, universal and binding" and have "climate justice at its heart." Annan said the people most affected by climate change were the poorest and least developed nations that contributed the least to pollution.


"The most advanced economies must take the lead by taking the most drastic (emissions) cuts," the former UN head said, while urging countries to share weather information and cooperate on climate issues.


Better data for the future

A world map with temperature predictions for 2470Politicians need good data as the basis of their decisions, Jarraud said

Climate change is already underway and will continue regardless of any compromises made at major climate negotiations, Jarraud added.


"Even if Copenhagen is successful on greenhouse gases, a certain warming (of the planet) will occur," he said, adding that improved knowledge of the climate could help manage water and food needs, in addition to preserving the environment.


Jarraud gave the examples of malaria and cholera, two potentially fatal diseases that spread in certain climate conditions. Better weather data can help health authorities know when and where an outbreak might occur.


"We need to anticipate change, we can no longer base ourselves on the past to take decisions for the future," he told journalists.

The information can also help reduce costs and benefit sectors of the economy, such as tourism.


"Climate change is here now and countries need tools to adapt to the changing climate," the WMO wrote in its invitation to the World Climate Conference.

The meeting of representatives from some 80 nations is the third World Climate Conference. The first took place in 1979 and the second in 1990. Those meetings are credited with leading to the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


sms/dpa/AFP

Editor: Kate Bowen


article can be found at: http://ow.ly/nst3

Climate Rally TODAY @ NOON!

Climate Rally TODAY starting at NOON! Sorry for the last minute info, but if you're downtown or in the area please stop by to support comprehensive climate change legislation!!

When: Monday August 31, 2009 from 12-1:30 pm
Where: Federal Plaza, 230 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL

8/25/09

Save the date Oct 24th for INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION leading up to Copenhagen!

Rajendra Pachauri is the U.N.'s top climate scientist. He leads the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which every five years produces the authoritative assessment of climate science. Their last report, in 2007, helped set the target of 450 ppm (parts per million of CO2) that many environmental groups and national governments have adopted as their goal for Copenhagen.

As you all know, that number is out of date. When Jim Hansen and other scientists looked at phenomenon like the Arctic ice melt of the last two summers, they produced new data demonstrating that 350 is the bottom line for the planet.

But it's been hard to get that news out to the powers that be. So today it comes as enormous and welcome news that Dr. Pachauri, from his New Delhi office, said that 350 was the number.

"As chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) I cannot take a position because we do not make recommendations," said Rajendra Pachauri when asked if he supported calls to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below 350 parts per million (ppm).

"But as a human being I am fully supportive of that goal. What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target," he told Agence France Presse in an interview."

This news makes it much easier for all of us to push hard leading up to the International Day of Climate Action on the 24th of October, and the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December. Chicago Oxfam Action Corps is planning an event for 350, more info to come... Let us know your ideas or that you'll be there! chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org SAVE THE DATE! :)

Ice Cream Social Tomorrow (08/26)!!

Come to the ice cream social at the hostel downtown tomorrow, look for us to turn in signed Durbin postcards and stay for the international festival! Free open house-- 24 E Congress Pkwy @ 4-7pm!!

8/11/09

Letter/petition to Senator Durbin

Thank you so much for all your hard work! The next few weeks are even more crucial to our campaign for comprehensive climate change legislation; we have to get Congress to include aid for people in developing countries to adapt to climate change! The poorest people, especially those in impoverished countries, have the least capacity to cope with increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events, sea-level rise, drought, disruption of water and food supplies, and impacts on health. Climate change is quickly becoming a major driver of poverty around the world, while it undermines global stability and security, economic development and gender equity on a wide scale. The ACES bill is now approaching vote in the Senate. Chicago Oxfam Action Corps is committed to making sure that international adaptation is funded adequately in upcoming legislation, and that clean energy technology is transferred to developing countries as well.

Our country needs legislation to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States that are contributing to these impacts on impoverished countries. Yet even with substantial emissions cuts, we also need to put in place substantial assistance for poor countries to adapt to the widespread and serious consequences of climate change.

As we prepare to visit Senator Durbin during August recess, we want to present him with as many signed letters of support as possible! Lets make sure Senator Durbin knows his constituents need him to support adequate funding of international adaptation within climate change legislation. We expect a vote on ACES in the Senate in September. With the current version passed by the House only calling for 1% of the permits auctioned to go towards adaptation, we know we can get the Senate to increase that number!
Lets get as many signatures as possible to help the worlds poorest adapt to climate change!
Be sure to sign below and pass it on to everyone you can! :)




**Oxfam Action Corps is also circulating a special sign-on letter for faith leaders and grassroots organization leaders... if you know someone we should ask to sign our letter to Senator Durbin please let us know!**

7/20/09

Activists Meet-up and Summer Potluck!

So far, this has been a great summer! And now, with the victory of ACES passing in the House, we invite you to celebrate at the next Activists Meet-up with a summer potluck! This Thursday, July 23rd from 6-9pm in the backyard of 2047 W.19th Street come meet with us to discuss Oxfam's Senate strategy, chat with other volunteers, sign-up for future events, learn more about the Action Corps, work on our Sisters on the Planet collective art project, bring your favorite snack to share and enjoy each others company! Some food and drinks will be provided, feel free to bring stuff as well! RSVP at chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org and feel free to bring friends/family! This is our time to thank you for all your hard work with the Chicago Oxfam Action Corps so far!

We have some upcoming volunteer opportunities... let us know if you are interested in hosting a Sisters on the Planet screening or working at a Chicago summer festival; such as the Randolph St. Market Festival 7/25-26, where we will be collecting signatures and raising awareness about ACES and the human face of climate change. Looking forward to more fun with all of you, and continuing to fight for international adaptation and environmental justice!

6/26/09

VOTE this week on ACES ACT! Call/email your REP!

The ACES bill is being voted on in the House right now!  Below is an e-Action for you, just click on the link to email your Representative urging them to vote YES-- and to keep funding in the bill for international adaptation.  Thanks for all your continued efforts!
Peace!
Maggie and Christina

URGENT: Vote this week!

Make sure Congress passes the climate bill AND keeps funding for the world's poor.

Email your Representative today!  Go to:
https://secure.oxfamamerica.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1021

Thanks to you, the groundbreaking climate and energy bill now includes vital funding to help poor  
This is a major accomplishment, but we still have a challenge ahead: we must strengthen and pass the climate bill as it moves through the U.S. Congress. Powerful oil and coal companies are spending millions to stop this historic climate bill.

Don't let big polluters undermine our progress – urge your Representative to vote YES on this bill.

This bill includes millions of dollars to help the most vulnerable communities in developing countries cope with the impacts of climate change and adopt renewable technologies – we can't let big oil and coal companies stand in the way of this opportunity!

The American Clean Energy and Security Act takes a big step in cutting domestic global warming pollution and helping vulnerable communities, both here and abroad. The funding in the bill to help developing countries is not perfect, but we will keep fighting to increase it as the bill moves through the U.S. Senate.

The United States is finally ready to face the climate crisis head-on. This bill takes a critical first step. Don't let this chance slip by.

6/15/09

Our upcoming events:

Sisters on the Planet Screening 6/16 @6pm at greenheart shop! RSVP chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org and bring a friend! Refreshments provided, free event-- a great chance to shop at greenheart and sign up to volunteer this summer.

Peace Fest 6/19-6/21 noon-9pm in Lincoln Park! Free festival with a great vibe, let us know if you'd like to volunteer at the booth! chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org

Pride Fest Friday 6/26 3pm-10pm and Saturday 11am-10pm! Another super fun festival tradition in Chi-town you can sign up to be a part of!

Concerts coming up: The Fray 6/28 and Dave Matthews Band 9/26 you can volunteer for concert outreach and help get others involved in seeking environmental justice!

Our next Activists Meet-up will be Tuesday 6/30 @7pm at Efebos Cafe in Pilsen and all are welcome to join us! Refreshments and conversation are free! :)

6/9/09

*Location change for screening!*


We have had such a good response to the Sisters on the Planet documentary screening that we have CHANGED the location to greenheart shop! They have a great community space and have so kindly offered it up for next Tuesday! The screening will still be on June 16th but will be at 6pm at 746 N. LaSalle St at the greenheart shop... spread the word! :)

5/28/09

Sisters on the Planet Screening


You're Invited!


Come join us to see how four inspirational women are fighting back against climate change—and learn how you can help. We'll be screening the Sisters on the Planet documentary film:


When: Tuesday, June 16th, time TBA (6 or 7pm)


Where: 1317 W. Roscoe, Apt. 3
Chicago, IL 60657


Why: We know that climate change is affecting the most vulnerable communities already, and as women are the primary caregivers and responsible for gathering food and fuel, they are feeling the brunt of these impacts even deeper. Four women: Sahena, Sharon, Muriel, and Martina are inspiring leaders, uniting their communities and becoming advocates for the weight that these burdens place on women and creating local solutions. Come learn more about the impacts and how we can join in the movement to help them build their resiliency.

No need to bring anything, but if you want to definitely feel free.
Please drop us a line to RSVP at chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org.

Hope to see you there! To learn more about the project, check out this link:
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatwedo/campaigns/climate_change/sisters-on-the-planet

Activist Meet-Up

Just a reminder for those of you who haven't been getting the emails - there is an Activist Meet-Up tonight!

ACTIVIST MEET-UP
Chicago Oxfam Action Corps... be a part of the solution!
Date:Thursday, May 28, 2009
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Cafe El Tapatio (3400 N Ashland Avenue -at Roscoe Street- Chicago, IL 60657)
Email:chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org

In addition to group actions and volunteer opportunities, you will get the chance to meet us (the volunteer organizers for Chicago Oxfam Action Corps) and learn more about Oxfam's campaign for comprehensive climate change legislation that would include international adaptation, our Sisters on the Planet project, Oxfam Action Corps, and have some refreshments at Cafe El Tapatio! :) It's shaping up to be a nice relaxed evening meet-up, hope to see you there! If you can't make it tomorrow, don't worry you're still in the loop; you can reply to us with any questions or to introduce yourself, and we will be sure to keep you all updated!

5/19/09

TAKE ACTION TODAY

At this moment we urgently need support for a climate bill being debated right now in an influential committee of the US House of Representatives. We are asking for your specific help to call upon your Representative in the House to support a historic climate change bill.

Currently, the Energy and Environment Committee is drafting the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This bill has the ability to transition our nation to clean and affordable energy, create quality jobs, and could generate crucial international financing to help vulnerable communities cope with the devastating impacts of increased floods, droughts, famine, water scarcity, disease, environmental migration, and armed conflict over resources.

It is essential that we get Congress to support a fair and safe bill by taking these two simple actions. (Even if your Representative is not on the Energy and Commerce Committee this is important to do, as all Representatives may soon vote on the bill.)

Two simple actions:

First, click this link and send this e-action. It only takes a moment. https://secure.oxfamamerica.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=983

Secondly, if your Representative is one of the following members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, please call his/her office: Bobby Rush (IL), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Elliot Engel (NY), Charles Gonzalez (TX), Anna Eshoo, (No. CA), Doris Matsui (No.CA), Peter Welch (VT), Jane Harman (So.CA), and Henry Waxman (Chair of Committee, So. CA). The full list of members can be found at http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=160&Itemid=61

Simply call his/her office and ask him/her to support international adaptation on the Clean Energy and Security Act. We have provided you with sample text below that you can use as a guide. You can find your local office’s number using this online congressional directory, or contact his/her office in Washington DC by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and asking for him/her by name. Call during business hours. If you can’t, then call anytime and leave a message.

Please write us back!

Once you call, email us back at chicago@oxfamactioncorps.org and let us know how it went.

Thank you for all your hard work in helping us create solutions to poverty and injustice!

WHAT TO SAY: Draft phone text:

Hello, my name is [fill-in] and I am a resident calling to voice some comments on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 that Representative [fill-in name] and other members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are currently working on.

First, it is very important that the bill allows for substantial funding for international and domestic adaptation by auctioning carbon permits. Adaptation funds will help poor and vulnerable communities around the world cope with more erratic weather and increased floods and droughts. Climate change is a global problem and it will require global solutions. Investing in international adaptation helps our world become less prone to conflict and migration. It is the right thing to do especially since the U.S. emits over 25% of the world's greenhouse gases.

Adaptation funding also gives low-income consumers in the U.S. access to affordable clean energy, and will allow our state and the larger U.S. to invest in green-collar jobs, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Finally, I want to voice my support for maintaining the emission reductions proposed in the original draft of the bill. In order to avoid future disasters we need an 80% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2050.

I want to thank Rep. [fill-in] for his/her active leadership as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. His/her guidance can help pass strong and effective climate legislation.

3/30/09

Urgent Action: Call your legislators!

We have an urgent request for folks to call their Representative ASAP to encourage s/he to sign onto a letter addressed to Chairman Waxman, asking him to make sure he includes funding for international adaptation in his climate bill. Deadline is tomorrow at noon (Tuesday) so we need to get this out to folks to call as soon as possible. Email action alert and script is pasted below. Anything you can do to circulate this to your friends and family would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much!

____________________________________
I just got a call from our Washington, DC office. Rep. Waxman (D-CA) is deciding this week on whether to provide funding in a climate bill to help millions of the world's poorest people deal with the devastating effects of climate change. We need your help.

A letter is circulating right now that will show Mr. Waxman just how much support there is for assisting vulnerable people to cope with the climate crisis both at home and abroad. The deadline for Congressional members to sign on to the letter is NOON TOMORROW!

Can you take two minutes to call your Representative right now to help ensure that international funding to help the poorest countries deal with climate-impacts make it into this year’s climate legislation?

Here’s how:

1.) Dial your Representative’s office at 1-800- 814-2608 before tomorrow.
2.) Tell the staff person answering the phone that you’re calling to ask your Representative to please sign the letter addressed to Chairman Waxman urging him to include in his bill international investments for a global solution to climate change.
3.) When you’ve finished speaking with the Congressional office, click here to report back to us on how the call went.

The final step of letting us know how your call went is vital — it helps us know if you support this effort and is useful when we talk to Congress members. As you know, climate change is already having a devastating impact on poor countries. These countries are the least responsible for the climate crisis and are the least able to cope with its devastating impacts. Yet, developing nations are twenty times more likely to be hit with climate-related natural disasters. If funding for adaptation programs isn't included in this year’s climate change legislation, we will miss a major opportunity to help the world’s poorest people survive the effects of global warming. We also will make it almost impossible to secure a global agreement to solve the climate crisis.

Will you please make sure that our leaders know the how important international funding is? Call your Representative at 1-800- 814-2608 today! And then click here once you’ve called to report that you’ve raised your voice in Washington.

Thank you for your continued activism and support.

Sincerely,
Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

Toll-Free Script: Greeting Message:[OPENING] Hello. Thank you for calling the Climate Change Take Action hotline. Your voice will make a difference! Rep. Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, is deciding this week whether or not to provide funding in a climate bill to help millions of the world's poorest people deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Right now, a letter is circulating that will show Mr. Waxman how much support there is for assisting vulnerable people to cope with the climate crisis both at home and abroad. In a moment, you’ll be connected directly to your Representative in Washington. Tell your Representative’s office your name and what city you live in, then tell them that you are calling to ask your Representative to please sign the letter addressed to Chairman Waxman urging him to include in his bill international investments for a global solution to climate change.

Pre- Transfer Message: Again, tell your Representative that you are a constituent by mentioning your name and what city you live in and, tell them that you are calling to ask your representative to please sign the letter addressed to Chairman Waxman urging him to include in his bill international investments for a global solution to climate change. Please hold and in a few seconds you will be connected. [TRANSFER TO LEGISLATOR]

3/15/09

Upcoming Concert Outreach

Missy Higgins - March 13th

Bloc Party - March 28th

M.Ward - April 26th

Coldplay - July 25th

To find out more or to get involved with our concert outreach team, please email chicago.oxfamactioncorps@gmail.com

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