Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lord Mayor of Bristol and MPs form giant human clock for Bristol ‘Global Climate Wake Up Call’

MPs and Councillors certainly need to wake up and act on climate issues - along with the rest of us!! This from Oxfam South West:

At 12:18 pm on 21st September, Oxfam South West is hosting the Bristol ‘Global Climate Wake Up Call’ at Arnolfini as part of a global wave, starting from New York, to wake the world up to the urgency of action on climate change.

A giant human clock, formed by the Lord Mayor of Bristol Christopher Davies, local MPs, councillors, Unaiti Jaime of Oxfam Mozambique, and climate change campaigners will ring out at 12:18 to mark the Bristol ‘Wake Up Call’. The call is drawing the worlds’ attention to the 12th month and the 18th day when the vital Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, which opens on 7th December, is scheduled to finish.

“This event is part of a worldwide wake up call which is thrilling in its variety,” says Roger James of Oxfam South West. “A gathering in Ethiopia will beat drums to sound the alarm, monks will chant prayers. People everywhere, from Bristol to Buenos Aires, will sound alarms on their mobile phones, flood their governments with phone calls and make a tremendous noise at 12:18 pm local time to push for action on climate change.”

The images, sounds, and videos from around the globe will be stitched together overnight for presentation to world leaders the next day at the United Nations to press the urgency of securing a fair and safe global climate change deal.

Oxfam South West is teaming up with Arnolfini, which is presenting 100 Days of exhibitions, performances, screenings and debates around issues of climate change to mark the countdown to the Climate Change Summit opening in Copenhagen.

“We are delighted to team with up with Arnolfini to mark the global countdown to the world’s most significant climate change conference in history,” says Roger James.

At the event, Unaiti Jaime, who is the gender equality officer at Oxfam Mozambique, will talk about her experience of climate change and will be celebrating Bristol’s twinning with Beira in Mozambique, as well as Bristol’s leadership in climate change action.

Other guest speakers include the Lord Mayor of Bristol Christopher Davies, Arnolfini director Tom Trevor, and Roger James of Oxfam South West.


For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Karen Lindsay
Oxfam Media and Campaigns South West
0117 916 6477 /

Notes to editors:

More on the Global Climate Wake Up Call can be found at the following link:

Information on Arnolfini’s 100 days can be found here:

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