As an Inhabitat reader, you’re already aware of just how much the fragile balance of the Earth’s climate is under threat. We hear regularly about how climate change threatens to raise sea levels, destroy even more habitats, plants and animals and make life harder or impossible for many people. The UN will meet with world leaders in New York on September 21, 2014, and there’s only one way they’re going to be persuaded to take action. Avaaz urgently needs donations to create the biggest climate change mobilization in history. Will you help shake up the status quo?

un climate change summit, september 21st, avaaz climate march, september 21st climate change march, climate change protest, global climate change protests Avaaz want to encourage people to take to the streets to fight climate change.

It’s encouraging to hear that the UN have called an emergency summit of world leaders in New York to discuss action on climate, even inviting Avaaz to the meeting. The problem is, our heads of state are politicians and they respond to public pressure. They see the polls, but they ask, “where are the protests?” September 21, 2014 could provide an opportunity for ordinary people to be heard, and for real changes to start.

Inhabitat reported on the planned September climate change demonstrations back in June. Since then hundreds of thousands of people have signed up, with marches planned from New York to London, Paris, Rio and beyond. September 21, 2014 could shake the world’s leaders into action, but to do it, Avaaz needs to mobilize thousands of organizers, saturate transport networks and airwaves with ads, bring clear messages from the countries already seeing death and destruction from climate change and mount an effective media operation.

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This mobilization has one goal: to show turnout. For 15 minutes, world leaders at the summit will have to sit and listen to messages, view images, videos, and more. The more people hit the streets, the more powerful the message we will send to politicians that urgent action should be their priority. New York is the focus, since that’s where the summit is, and a huge turnout in the United States will be most politically powerful.

If 50,000 of us contribute just a small amount in the next couple of days, Avaaz will be able to do the necessary campaigning, advertising, organizational and media relations work to ensure enough people hit the streets, and enough of the world’s media talk about it, in order to make a real difference. Click here to contribute now.

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