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Freeze for Climate Change

This Friday there’s going to be a Freeze in many centres around NZ. Random people will assemble at 1pm and freeze in place for 5 minutes. Volunteers will hand out little flyers about climate change to people.
It’s for the UN’s World Environment Day, June 5. This year’s host is Mexico City, whereas last year it was good old Wellington, NZ – not that you could tell. Although the Freeze guys did their first run then too:

They expect many more people this time out. The WED theme this year is specifically climate change oriented: ‘Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change’. There’s a specific focus on the Copenhagan meeting in December, which adds to the messages out of the massive Kyoto Science and Technology Forum in December, which identified Copenhagen as the crucial moment; and the recent talk by Bill McKibben of pushing for a global day of action in October. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Copenhagen as we get closer to the conference, but the take-home message is that everyone involved in climate change response is looking at this event. This will be where things happen, or don’t happen, that set us on our global course.
So: Friday. Standing still in a street. If you click the videos in my Friday Linkys you’ll know I’m a sucker for that kind of street theatre-intervention. Will it save the world? Of course not. Will it help? A bit. And every little bit helps. Check out the website and head along. If you’re not in NZ, figure out what your area is doing to mark the day – there’ll be something happening. Keep your eyes open and if you can have some fun along the way, great.
Oxfam NZ has a petition on this same subject.
Another reason to care about Copenhagen: it is the stomping ground of REPTILICUS.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. Alligator | June 4, 2009 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Well if Reptilicus is invincible and cannot be stopped, then he is waiting for a return in Reptilicus 2: Search For Lincoln’s Gold, where he’ll destroy everything he didn’t destroy before, and then why do anything about climate change at all, cuz he’s going to kill me!

  2. billy | June 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I was chatting to one of the Freeze organisers the other day. They are expecting maybe 500+ to turn out…

  3. Scott | June 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I hope it’s not too cold on Friday!

  4. Jack | June 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I am not, I think, I violent man. But I happened to be walking past the freeze when it happened last year, and something about it just filled me with rage. I was quite surprised at just how angry I felt about it. At the time, I didn’t know it was for any purpose – I thought it was just some godawful pretentious art happening thing.
    I’m not joking about this. I’m down with the climate change massive, etc, but something about the “freeze” thing just tripped a switch somewhere deep in my brain that lead to FURY. Damned if I know why.