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Climate Vote Project

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The CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT, the initiative to slow the pace of global warming, was kicked off with the launch of
the homepage
www.climatevoteproject.org a few weeks ago.

Here is a short interview with the CVP staff:

1. What does the Climate Vote Project hope to achieve before COP 17?

CVP: First off, many people will not even know what COP 17 even means and that a global climate conference is taking place this year in November/December. Many people will also not know that one of the most important climate protection agreements to date, the Kyoto Protocol, will expire at the end of 2012.

There is indeed a lot of talk about climate change so that we virtually experience a perceived climate protection, but actually, very little is being done about it. Our objective is to inform and sensitive people around the globe about the climate change issue and to demand that the governments in charge conclude and implement binding and more advanced measures for the time after 2012.

2. How will getting 10 million 'likes' help push world leaders into action?

CVP: There are numerous petitions, protests and demonstrations – not only regarding the issue of climate change. Media subsequently reports about this – however – the persons in charge seldom take this seriously. That is why it is of pivotal importance to mobilize large masses to the greatest extent possible who will support and underscore our demand for progressive climate protection measures. Only in this way do we have the possibility to not only be heard by those in charge, but also to be taken seriously, too. Not even one single government representative who is eligible for election attending the COP 17 in Durban will be able to play down or ignore the importance of the justified demand of 10 million people.

3. Why does the Climate Vote Project believe extending the Kyoto protocol is the best solution?

CVP: We need an internationally solid and binding agreement and not a national minimum consensus. With the Kyoto Protocol, the international community of nations agreed for the very first time on binding action goals and implementation tools for global climate protection. Of course, this can only be seen as a first step. We are definitely on the right track with the Kyoto Protocol. However, the efforts must urgently be intensified and expanded.

4. What are your fears about what will happen if no consensus is reached?

CVP: The way things look right now, consensus will probably not be reached. In light of the consequences which are already noticeable today, like – for example – extreme weather phenomena, floods, heat waves and droughts, which will increase tremendously according to the forecasts of a wide array of renowned climatologists, we cannot and should not simply accept this. That is because despite all of the efforts so far, the CO2 emission reached an absolute record level in 2010. Unfortunately, the people in the poorer countries will presumably suffer the most from the consequences of global warming – one possible consequence could be mass migrations. We therefore feel it is especially the duty of the leading industrial nations and largest emitters of CO2, in particular the USA and China, to urgently fulfill their responsibilities. Economic growth must not take place at the expense of the world’s climate.

5. In what way can social media like Facebook be used to lobby people around causes like climate change?

CVP: Social networks like Facebook are the communication medium of recent years and their importance is increasing continuously. Let us just take at look at Egypt. Ever stronger protests that went on for several weeks ultimately forced President Mubarak to resign. However, protests of such an intensity and duration firsteven became possible due to the strong networking of, for the most part, teenagers through the information channels of Twitter and Facebook. Social networks disseminate information and opinions in real-time around the globe. That’s why we are predominately counting on social networks and Facebook with its more than 700 million users worldwide for the Climate Vote Project campaign as our number one communication medium.

The interview on our Website:

http://www.climatevoteproject.org/about-climate-vote-project.html

About CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT:

The CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT is a non-governmental and privately organized initiative that was founded in Germany in the summer of 2011. The CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT does not represent any type of economic interests whatsoever. On the one hand, the objective of the campaign is to make people more aware of the controversial debate on the issue of climate change and on the other hand, it aims to substantially intensify the pressure on the governments in charge and to demand stronger efforts to reduce the global emission of CO2.

Press Contact:

Sven Lilienström
Spokesperson CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT
Broicherdorf-Str. 53
Germany - 41564 Kaarst
E-Mail:
pressroom@climatevoteproject.org
Web:
www.climatevoteproject.org