On the 1st February, 2007 throughout the world, the “Alliance pour la Planète” (a national grouping of environmental associations) appeals to all citizens to give the planet 5 minutes respite:
Everybody to extinguish all their lights and illuminations and turn
off equipment on stand-by on the 1st February 2007 from 18h55 until 19h00 (GMT) (19h55-20h00 in Italy, France, Germany, etc.)
The purpose is not just to save electricity for 5 minutes that day, but to draw the attention of citizens, the media and the authorities to the waste of energy and the need to initiate action! 5 minutes respite for the planet:
that’s not long, it costs nothing and will show our politicians that climate change is something which should figure prominently in political debates.
Why the 1st February? Because that is the day on which the latest report of the United Nations Panel of Experts is to be released in Paris. Although this event is scheduled to take place in France, we should not miss this opportunity of drawing attention to the global climatic situation. If we all participate our actions will have great public and political resonance, at an important moment in our political life!
Please make this appeal as widely known as possible in your own circles and networks, please also publish it on your websites and in your newsletters.
Pubblica ‘an inconvenience truth’ by the ‘former new president’ of usa, al gore [coming in sheffield on the 7th february]