Represent EJ neighborhoods to the United Nations

July 9, 2009

Photo courtesy of Word Wide Views on Global Warming

In November, the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark and discuss global climate policy to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol.

UN representatives are incorporating citizens input by holding the first-ever global deliberation on international policy, a series of events called World Wide Views on Global Warming. At these unique conferences, citizens from 46 countries will meet to discuss how climate change affects their region. Facilitators will report back to the United Nations with the results from these meetings.

One hundred residents from Greater Boston will be selected to represent this region, and eligible applicants will receive a stipend for participating. The form is easy to fill out (mostly check boxes) and is open to anyone 18 and over.

This could be a good opportunity for ACE members and supporters to help bring an environmental justice perspective to the talks. As we know, lower income communities and communities of color disproportionately experience environmental damage and will be the hardest hit by global warming. Imagine how the world could change if future UN decisions were based on an environmental justice framework!

For more information, check out the Boston Museum of Science's brief. To apply, fill out this short survey by July 31.

World Wide Views on Global Warming
Saturday, September 26
from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at the Boston Museum of Science

World Wide Views on Global Warming is also looking for 15 facilitators for the Boston event. If you would like to be considered as a facilitator, email apply.brookfield@gmail.com.

Requirements for facilitators:

  • Attend a half-day training session on September 12.
  • Become familiar with the 20 page educational document.
  • Phone eight participants in advance of the Conference to ensure understanding of the material and preparedness for the event.
  • Attend the entire event on Saturday, September 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.