Hiking for Eco Consciousness: International Day of Climate Action – 24 October 2009

Here is what is happening guys…

This Saturday, October 24, the International Day of Climate Action will cover almost every country on earth, the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. Why? This December, in Copenhagen, there is going to be a significant United Nations Climate Meeting! Worldwide, people are calling for governments, decision-makers and business leaders to commit to a fair, ambitious and binding agreement to be made at this meeting.

350.org  is coordinating various actions throughout Cape Town and South Africa to raise awareness on the need for this deal. To support this, the Climate Action Partnership will be climbing up Table Mountain and creating a “human” 350 on the top of the mountain. This will be filmed from the air, and the protest action at the iconic location of Table Mountain will send out a powerful message about the impact of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity. This will be screened in Copenhagen in December, along with thousands of images of citizens gathering at various important places around the world—from the melting glaciers of Mt. Everest to the sinking beaches of the Maldives—displaying the number 350 in a creative way. 350.org staff will be getting those pi.jpgctures and putting them on the big screens in Times Square and projecting them at the UN headquarters. We'll also be getting them into newspapers large and small on October 25th—the same newspapers that politicians all over the world use as a barometer of public opi.jpgnion. But more importantly, they'll be used in the weeks before the UN Climate meeting in Copenhagen, to remind our leaders that they need to take physical reality—and not political expediency—into account when they're making decisions about our collective future. 350 is a clear and specific goal (unlike vague demands to "stop global warming") that helps move the negotiations in the direction science and justice demand.

And here's where we come in…
All participants are meeting at 08h00 on Saturday the 24th October at the Lower Cable Car Station, Table Mountain Road. Meeting Point is on the far right end of the bus parking lot at the beginning of the path which leads to Platteklip Gorge. All will hike up together. Give yourself the morning to do the hike, and we should be back down between 12h00 and 13h00.

For safety tips, direction and all further info click here.

NB: Please wear red, orange or yellow colours to symbolize the increasing temperatures and the impact thereof on our precious and threatened ecosystems. This is particularly appropriate for Table Mountain, which is home on the most endangered and diverse biomes around the globe – the Cape Fynbos Floral Kingdom, and which has experienced an increase in intensity and frequency of fires in recent years. 

Hope all this info will get you all as excited as we are! And we truly hope you will all be inspi.jpgred to join in! NO COSTS INVOLVED

Tell your families, friends, work collegues, neighbours, even the postman! Lets get as many people involved as possible! Our Planet is so precious and it's about time we make a stand!!

Thanks, in advance!

The Angels

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