Heal Our Planet Earth

Public cooling on global warming - campaign more urgent than ever

The news this morning (see the 2 articles below) of declining public interest and support for facing up to the climate change challenges especially when it involves personal sacrifices, combined with the rapidly closing window of opportunity for aggressively doing so (3 years max), mean that the planned worldwide outreach campaign for 2009-2010 of the Global Emergency Operation (GEO) of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) is more important and urgent than ever. Governments won't go an inch farther than where the public push them to go, and of course the corporations are rubbing their hands in glee given the resurgent public ignorance and apathy.

On the highest political level, there are two major climate change conventions we have to keep our eyes on and influence to the maximum extent possible: the UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 11-12, 2008, and the one in Copenhagen, Denmark - the successor of Kyoto - in Dec. 2009. These are the only two global climate change conventions within this 3-year window of opportunity. As it is, judging by their agendas, they are already falling short by only moderately addressing global warming by CO2 (just the fuse), and all but ignoring runaway global heating by methane (the real time-bomb). With lessening public pressure, world governments could only fall even shorter. If we (our species) fail to hammer out a radical and binding global solution in either or both conventions, we would have doomed our children and millions of species with our own selfishness, shortsightedness and hypocrisy, once and for all.

The HOPE-GEO strategy over the next two years comprises the following:

1. To create and publish a number of YouTube videos over the next two months that will be seen by millions worldwide within a year (research is now being conducted on how tactically and technically this target can be met)

2. To create and publish a second book, this one concentrating on the methane time-bomb which is 10,000X more powerful than all the nuclear weapons combined, but is currently unknown to the public by and large, and ignored by governments, corporations and even environmental NGOs.

3. For HOPE founder Anthony Marr to personally conduct a road tour of USA/Canada by an 85-mpg vehicle (motorcycle) in the spring/summer of 2009, then of Europe in the summer/fall of 2009 prior to the Copenhagen convention, and, financing permitting, of Asia, Africa, AU/NZ and S/C America by year-end 2010.

We have a blurry view of the Doomsday Clock which now appears to say 11:59, or worse, already past midnight. If we change course now, we might still have a chance; if we don't we have none. If we give up and retreat into being couch potatoes, we'd doom ourselves to watching our world disintegrate each on our own flat-screen TVs, most within their current lifetimes.

Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
216-386-7362 / 604-222-1169

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