Saturday December 6th marks the Global Action Day Against Climate Change. In Ireland at 2pm people and parishes are invited to get involved by ringing bells in their communities.

This events is coinciding with the United Nations Climate Talks (COP14/MOP4) in Poznan, Poland, December 1st to 12th 2008. Events will be held around the world on Saturday December 6th to call on world leaders to take urgent action on climate change.

‘Ring the Changes’

The Irish Stop Climate Chaos coalition are running a ‘Ring the Changes’ activity across the country to highlight that the time for urgent action is now. With just 12 months to go until a global deal must be reached, more needs to be done, especially by governments, to ensure real progress is made in the fight against climate change. People throughout Ireland will ring bells in their communities to ensure Ireland plays its part in preventing runaway climate change.

What can you do?

You can ring the bells outside the church, local shop, community centre, wherever there are people really-even if you ring your bell on your own doorstep you will be contributing to the campaign! Any bell will do – even your mobile phone!

If you would like to take part we can send you a Ring the Changes Action Pack containing 10 posters, 50 leaflets, Stop Climate Chaos Temporary Tattoos, extra information about the campaign and a set of 4 Stop Climate Chaos bells that you can put on your Christmas tree after the event!

Email info@stopclimatechaos.ie for a ‘Ring the Changes’ order form or call us with your order 01-639 4653

More information www.stopclimatechaos.ie

Organisations involved

Stop Climate Chaos is a coalition of civil society organisations campaigning to ensure Ireland plays its part in preventing runaway climate change. Current members include development, environmental, youth and faith based organisations. Click on the logo images below to visit the website of each organisation.

Action Aid

Action Aid is an international development agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide.

Afri

Afri joined the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition because we see this as one of the major issues facing humanity today. As confirmed in the recent IPCC Report, the poor of the world will be most seriously affected by Climate Change, and therefore any organisation that claims to be concerned about justice or development cannot afford to ignore it.

An Taisce

An Taisce works to secure the integration of greenhouse gas reduction and abatement into all new infrastructure and other development. We have worked to highlight the failure of local authorities and An Bord Pleanala to address climate change, and will continue to lobby for energy and transportation efficient development, in particular the curtailment of unsustainable car-based urban sprawl in Ireland.

CAIP

CAIP, Irish for CAP, stands for Climate Action Ireland Platform. We are working to mobilise public opinion in favour of Ireland enthusiastically supporting in negotiations the necessary caps on worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. It isn’t too late for Ireland to put its own house in order and lead by example.

Cap and Share

Cap and share is a regulatory and economic framework to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

Christian Aid

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our planet. Poor countries are in the firing line – they are hit first and worst by its effects. Christian Aid is campaigning for the Irish Government to take urgent and immediate action to reduce our carbon emissions and to assist poor countries to adapt to climate change.

Comhlmh

Comhlmh is a membership organization open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. We see climate change as posing a significant threat to sustainable development, and the Stop Climate Change Coalition as the most effective platform to raise awareness of the issue.

Concern

Concern is witnessing first hand the impacts of climate change on the communities we work with. Already we see how the consequences are being borne disproportionately by the poorest people in the world. We are joining the coalition to bring their voices to the fore, to call for political leadership in Ireland and to support the poorest countries to adapt.

Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church
Cultivate

The twin challenges of climate change and oil depletion are two of the most crucial issue facing humanity and must be addressed to create a healthier, happier and more sustainable society.

Eco Congregation Ireland

Eco-congregation Ireland is currently supported by five denominations- Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and Society of Friends. It seeks to inform congregations on the Biblical basis for caring for the environment. ECI is concerned to see that church bodies are informed of the likely consequences of climate change, and that they take steps now to counteract them.

ECO UNESCO

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation. We believe climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. We work with young people who are concerned and frightened about the prospect of climate change but who feel disempowered because the issue seems so big. By working in this coalition we can make a bigger difference.

Feasta

Feasta aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth campaigns for environmental justice and sustainability. Since its launch in Ireland in 2005 we have made climate change our top priority. We joined Stop Climate Chaos because only a strong civil society coalition can make sure Ireland does its fair share to prevent runaway climate change.

Gorta

Gorta implements strategic partnerships with some of the world’s poorest communities focusing on food and water security, healthcare, education and livelihoods. We need radical action now to ensure that development successes in Sub Saharan Africa and the rest of the developing world will not be rendered useless in the face of the devastating consequences of Climate Change.

Just Forests

Just Forests was founded in 1989 in response to global deforestation working on global poverty-related tropical forestry/timber issues from a local development perspective. Just Forests uses society’s dependence on wood and the ongoing decline in global forests as a tool to establish links between terrestrial biodiversity, ‘development’ conflict, climate change and poverty.

Kimmage DSC

Kimmage DSC is supporting Stop Climate Chaos because we believe that climate change is a Majority World development issue. Without urgent action, climate change is an increasing threat to world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities and undermines Irish and international efforts to work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Latin America Solidarity Centre

LASC is an initiative for cultural promotion, development education and campaigning solidarity, linking Ireland and Latin America.

Mountmellick Environmental Group

MEG is a community environmental group that seeks to promote good environmental and sustainable living practices throughout Mountmellick, County Laois. It is currently implementing a Waste Management Plan which was drawn up in conjunction with the Race Against Waste team. MEG joined the Stop Climate Chaos coalition as it believes that collaboration with like-minded groups has greater potential in effecting change.

National Youth Council of Ireland

NYCI has joined the Stop Climate Chaos coalition because young people are greatly concerned by the issue. Climate change will have an enormous impact on the lives of young people in Ireland and around the world and young people engaged in youth work want to see effective action taken to combat it.

Oxfam Ireland

ImageOxfam Ireland joined Stop Climate Chaos because we believe that climate change is a grave and fast increasing threat to the lives and livelihoods of the poorest people of the world, the very people whom Oxfam seeks to assist. Urgent action is needed to tackle this threat. Only by acting together we achieve the change necessary to prevent climate chaos.

People against Climate Change

People Against Climate Change was founded by Simon Phelan, a jewellery designer and retailer, and the journalist Victoria White. It meets fortnightly in central Dublin. All you need to join is a passion to save the planet. We formed to lobby the government for action against climate change, and lobby the general population to help. We support Stop Climate Chaos.

Presentation Centre for Policy and Systemic Change

The Presentation Centre was established by the Presentation Sisters to develop their work in learning innovation, social inclusion, human rights and ecology. We believe that climate change is a major global justice issue affecting the lives of the poorest of the poor and the coalition is a mechanism for connecting with political leaders in addressing this issue.

Students Against Climate Change

Students Against Climate Change are a group of students who are campaigning to put pressure on the Irish government to take action on climate change.

Sustain West Cork

Sustain West Cork are working to raise awareness of the challenges & opportunities facing us due to Climate Change & Oil Depletion. We believe that the time to act on climate change is now! It should not be left to the next generation, it will be too late, many lives will be lost and hundreds of animal species will pass into extinction. Sustain West Cork are delighted to become part of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

Trcaire

In our work, the impact of global warming is already being felt. It is hitting the poorest, most vulnerable communities first and further undermining their ability to build sustainable livelihoods. Climate change is perhaps the biggest global justice issue of our time and one that requires political leadership.

VOICE

ImageVoice of Irish Concern for the Environment (Voice) has joined the Stop Climate Chaos coalition as campaigning in this area is a vital part of the organisation’s work. In the past, Voice has worked extensively on the Stop Esso campaign, which targeted the multinational due to its bad environmental record.