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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2009

Media Contacts:

Nigeria/Ghana: Nkiruka Nnaemego, fbinaija@yahoo.com, +234(0)8053647180

Copenhagen: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org +45 52 68 47 65

New York: Lisa Michelle, lisa@avaaz.org + 1 347 278 3763
***

*AFRICA* *JOINS THOUSANDS OF CLIMATE DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO PUSH
FOR “REAL DEAL” IN COPENHAGEN*

*This Weekend, Citizens in Over 130 Countries Unite with Candlelight Vigils
to Call for Progress in Copenhagen Climate Talks*

Accra / Tesano: This weekend, from the 11th to the 13th of December,
millions of people will hold rallies and candlelight vigils in over 130
countries to call for progress in the Copenhagen climate talks. The events,
coordinated by hundreds of civil society groups under the banner of the
TckTckTck campaign, will be held from Kinshasa to Kathmandu and in
Copenhagen itself.

“We’re joining with people around the world to remind politicians that for
many, ending the climate crisis is a matter of survival. We need a real deal
in Copenhagen, not greenwash,” said Nkiruka Nnaemego from _Nigeria.

[image: Your browser may not support display of this image.]These
demonstrations will draw a line between success and failure at the ongoing
Copenhagen Climate Conference by calling for a 3-point “Real Deal”.
Supporters are asking for all countries to urgently sign a climate agreement
that is:

*a) Fair* – by securing 0 billion in climate financing for poorer
countries

*b) Ambitious* – by peaking global carbon emissions by 2015, and returning
atmospheric carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million

*c) Binding* – legally enforceable

At a special vigil at the culmination of a giant march in Copenhagen on
Saturday the 12th, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu will be joined by
former Irish President Mary Robinson and other climate movement leaders to
deliver a global citizens’ message to negotiators and leaders. Tutu will
urge leaders to take bold action, reminding them that “millions of people,
especially the very poor, are already suffering due to changing weather
patterns, droughts and floods. None of us will be immune from climate change
– we are all in this together and there is no time to lose.”

At many vigils, citizens will be forming the number 350 out of candlelight.
Many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments are
now saying that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for carbon
dioxide in our atmosphere. The number 350 has become a symbol of climate
action since a massive global day of demonstrations organized by the
environmental group 350.org on October 24th.

Bill McKibben, US environmentalist and founder of 350.org says, "People of
every faith, rich and poor, on every continent have spoken clearly in the
last few months, rallying around the 350 target. Ordinary citizens
understand the science. Our leaders have no excuse for not producing a deal
that meets the scale of the crisis.”

Highlights from the weekend of action will include a giant 350 made of
candles at the historic Roman Amphitheater in Amman, Jordan; vigils at
nearly every Senator’s office in the United States, to put pressure on the
US to commit to strong emissions reductions; and, on Sunday, hundreds of
churches ringing their bells 350 times, including the Lutheran Cathedral in
downtown Copenhagen. A complete list of event highlights can be found on
the 350.org website.

So far over 10 million people have signed on to the “Real Deal” as part of
the online TckTckTck campaign. Kumi Naidoo, Chair of TckTckTck said "This
weekend pressure on global leaders will rise as people gather on every
continent in a massive global day of action on climate change.”

Ricken Patel, Executive Director of global campaign network Avaaz.org, one
of the organizations driving the global day of action says “The day of
action shows the huge level of public concern that negotiations are falling
short of the Real Deal that is needed to avert climate catastrophe.”

*Date: 12**th** December 2009*

*Venue: *Crystal Palm Hotel, Tesano, Accra, Ghana

*Time:* 8pm

*ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:*

*Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBI Nigeria)* was founded on
November 27th 2008 and is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission
of Nigeria as a non-political, non-profit making and non-governmental
organization. We advance attitudes, policies and actions that promote
justice, social inclusion, social responsibility, environmental
sustainability and meaningful participation for young people in Nigeria and
beyond and encourage a more positive Youth-Adult Exchange. *
www.fbi-nigeria.org* .

*About WACSI*

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open
Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to reinforce the capacities of
civil society in the region. The Institute is committed to bridging the
institutional and operational gaps within civil society.

Vision: To strengthen civil society organisations as strategic partners for
the promotion of democracy, good governance and national development in the
sub-region. Mission: The objective of the Institute is to strengthen the
institutional and technical capacities of CSOs in the formulation of
policies, the implementation and promotion of democratic values and
principles in West Africa. The role of WACSI is to serve as a resource
centre for training, research, experience sharing and political dialogue for
CSOs in West Africa. The Institute makes its plea through policy dialogue to
discuss current issues affecting West African States. Reference documents
are regularly published by the Institute and disseminated to political
leaders/policy makers. *www.wacsi.org*

*About OSIWA*

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) was created in December
2000 as part of the world network of 32 autonomous foundations founded and
supported by George Soros. These non-profit-making foundations share in the
commitment to work for an “open society”. Based on the principle that no one
has monopoly of the truth, an open society recognises the different points
of view and always remains open to improvements. In practice, open societies
are characterised by the priority of law, democracy, respect of diversity
and human rights, liberalisation of markets, information to the people and
the dynamism of civil society.***www.osiwa.org* * *

*About LGI-OSI*

The Local Government & Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) supports the
OSI mission by working to promote democratic and effective governance and
public administration, and by advancing policy analysis as a tool for
decision making in public affairs. LGI supports local and regional
governmental reform, in collaboration with its civil society partners, by
monitoring and benchmarking government performance on the one hand and
providing analytical and technical support to government on the other.

While LGI works primarily in the transition countries of Eastern Europe and
the former Soviet Union, it has recently formed strategic partnerships with
other OSI programs and external institutions to implement programs in Asia
and Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa.
*http://lgi.osi.hu*
* *

*Our Partners:*

We appreciate the support given to us by the following individuals and
organizations:

High-resolution photos will be available at: *
www.tcktcktck.org/photos*

Broadcast-quality video will be available from here: *
www.tcktcktck.org/video*

For general media information on the “World Wants a Real Deal,” visit:

www.tcktcktck.org/realdeal-media

*TckTckTck* is a coalition of major environmental and anti-poverty
organizations as well as faith, civic and youth networks campaign, named for
the ticking-clock urgency of climate change. It includes *350.org*,
Avaaz.org, Oxfam, Greenpeace, and WWF and calls for a new international
climate treaty that is fair, ambitious and binding. Over 10 million
individuals have already pledged support for the campaign online:
www.tcktcktck.org

*350.org* is an international climate campaign working for a real deal that
meets the latest science. According to many scientists, climate experts and
progressive national governments, the level of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere must be reduced from its current level of 389 ppm to 350 ppm in
order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. For more information
about 350.org and to connect with spokespeople around the world, please
visit: www.350.org

Fwd: Vigil pics
effective social media marketing
**
*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2009

Media Contacts:

Nigeria/Ghana: Nkiruka Nnaemego, fbinaija@yahoo.com, +234(0)8053647180

Copenhagen: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org +45 52 68 47 65

New York: Lisa Michelle, lisa@avaaz.org + 1 347 278 3763
***

*AFRICA* *JOINS THOUSANDS OF CLIMATE DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO PUSH
FOR “REAL DEAL” IN COPENHAGEN*

*This Weekend, Citizens in Over 130 Countries Unite with Candlelight Vigils
to Call for Progress in Copenhagen Climate Talks*

Accra / Tesano: This weekend, from the 11th to the 13th of December,
millions of people will hold rallies and candlelight vigils in over 130
countries to call for progress in the Copenhagen climate talks. The events,
coordinated by hundreds of civil society groups under the banner of the
TckTckTck campaign, will be held from Kinshasa to Kathmandu and in
Copenhagen itself.

“We’re joining with people around the world to remind politicians that for
many, ending the climate crisis is a matter of survival. We need a real deal
in Copenhagen, not greenwash,” said Nkiruka Nnaemego from _Nigeria.

[image: Your browser may not support display of this image.]These
demonstrations will draw a line between success and failure at the ongoing
Copenhagen Climate Conference by calling for a 3-point “Real Deal”.
Supporters are asking for all countries to urgently sign a climate agreement
that is:

*a) Fair* – by securing 0 billion in climate financing for poorer
countries

*b) Ambitious* – by peaking global carbon emissions by 2015, and returning
atmospheric carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million

*c) Binding* – legally enforceable

At a special vigil at the culmination of a giant march in Copenhagen on
Saturday the 12th, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu will be joined by
former Irish President Mary Robinson and other climate movement leaders to
deliver a global citizens’ message to negotiators and leaders. Tutu will
urge leaders to take bold action, reminding them that “millions of people,
especially the very poor, are already suffering due to changing weather
patterns, droughts and floods. None of us will be immune from climate change
– we are all in this together and there is no time to lose.”

At many vigils, citizens will be forming the number 350 out of candlelight.
Many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments are
now saying that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for carbon
dioxide in our atmosphere. The number 350 has become a symbol of climate
action since a massive global day of demonstrations organized by the
environmental group 350.org on October 24th.

Bill McKibben, US environmentalist and founder of 350.org says, "People of
every faith, rich and poor, on every continent have spoken clearly in the
last few months, rallying around the 350 target. Ordinary citizens
understand the science. Our leaders have no excuse for not producing a deal
that meets the scale of the crisis.”

Highlights from the weekend of action will include a giant 350 made of
candles at the historic Roman Amphitheater in Amman, Jordan; vigils at
nearly every Senator’s office in the United States, to put pressure on the
US to commit to strong emissions reductions; and, on Sunday, hundreds of
churches ringing their bells 350 times, including the Lutheran Cathedral in
downtown Copenhagen. A complete list of event highlights can be found on
the 350.org website.

So far over 10 million people have signed on to the “Real Deal” as part of
the online TckTckTck campaign. Kumi Naidoo, Chair of TckTckTck said "This
weekend pressure on global leaders will rise as people gather on every
continent in a massive global day of action on climate change.”

Ricken Patel, Executive Director of global campaign network Avaaz.org, one
of the organizations driving the global day of action says “The day of
action shows the huge level of public concern that negotiations are falling
short of the Real Deal that is needed to avert climate catastrophe.”

*Date: 12**th** December 2009*

*Venue: *Crystal Palm Hotel, Tesano, Accra, Ghana

*Time:* 8pm

*ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:*

*Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBI Nigeria)* was founded on
November 27th 2008 and is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission
of Nigeria as a non-political, non-profit making and non-governmental
organization. We advance attitudes, policies and actions that promote
justice, social inclusion, social responsibility, environmental
sustainability and meaningful participation for young people in Nigeria and
beyond and encourage a more positive Youth-Adult Exchange. *
www.fbi-nigeria.org* .

*About WACSI*

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open
Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to reinforce the capacities of
civil society in the region. The Institute is committed to bridging the
institutional and operational gaps within civil society.

Vision: To strengthen civil society organisations as strategic partners for
the promotion of democracy, good governance and national development in the
sub-region. Mission: The objective of the Institute is to strengthen the
institutional and technical capacities of CSOs in the formulation of
policies, the implementation and promotion of democratic values and
principles in West Africa. The role of WACSI is to serve as a resource
centre for training, research, experience sharing and political dialogue for
CSOs in West Africa. The Institute makes its plea through policy dialogue to
discuss current issues affecting West African States. Reference documents
are regularly published by the Institute and disseminated to political
leaders/policy makers. *www.wacsi.org*

*About OSIWA*

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) was created in December
2000 as part of the world network of 32 autonomous foundations founded and
supported by George Soros. These non-profit-making foundations share in the
commitment to work for an “open society”. Based on the principle that no one
has monopoly of the truth, an open society recognises the different points
of view and always remains open to improvements. In practice, open societies
are characterised by the priority of law, democracy, respect of diversity
and human rights, liberalisation of markets, information to the people and
the dynamism of civil society.***www.osiwa.org* * *

*About LGI-OSI*

The Local Government & Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) supports the
OSI mission by working to promote democratic and effective governance and
public administration, and by advancing policy analysis as a tool for
decision making in public affairs. LGI supports local and regional
governmental reform, in collaboration with its civil society partners, by
monitoring and benchmarking government performance on the one hand and
providing analytical and technical support to government on the other.

While LGI works primarily in the transition countries of Eastern Europe and
the former Soviet Union, it has recently formed strategic partnerships with
other OSI programs and external institutions to implement programs in Asia
and Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa.
*http://lgi.osi.hu*
* *

*Our Partners:*

We appreciate the support given to us by the following individuals and
organizations:

High-resolution photos will be available at: *
www.tcktcktck.org/photos*

Broadcast-quality video will be available from here: *
www.tcktcktck.org/video*

For general media information on the “World Wants a Real Deal,” visit:

www.tcktcktck.org/realdeal-media

*TckTckTck* is a coalition of major environmental and anti-poverty
organizations as well as faith, civic and youth networks campaign, named for
the ticking-clock urgency of climate change. It includes *350.org*,
Avaaz.org, Oxfam, Greenpeace, and WWF and calls for a new international
climate treaty that is fair, ambitious and binding. Over 10 million
individuals have already pledged support for the campaign online:
www.tcktcktck.org

*350.org* is an international climate campaign working for a real deal that
meets the latest science. According to many scientists, climate experts and
progressive national governments, the level of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere must be reduced from its current level of 389 ppm to 350 ppm in
order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. For more information
about 350.org and to connect with spokespeople around the world, please
visit: www.350.org

Fwd: Vigil pics
effective social media marketing
**
*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 12, 2009

Media Contacts:

Nigeria/Ghana: Nkiruka Nnaemego, fbinaija@yahoo.com, +234(0)8053647180

Copenhagen: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org +45 52 68 47 65

New York: Lisa Michelle, lisa@avaaz.org + 1 347 278 3763
***

*AFRICA* *JOINS THOUSANDS OF CLIMATE DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO PUSH
FOR “REAL DEAL” IN COPENHAGEN*

*This Weekend, Citizens in Over 130 Countries Unite with Candlelight Vigils
to Call for Progress in Copenhagen Climate Talks*

Accra / Tesano: This weekend, from the 11th to the 13th of December,
millions of people will hold rallies and candlelight vigils in over 130
countries to call for progress in the Copenhagen climate talks. The events,
coordinated by hundreds of civil society groups under the banner of the
TckTckTck campaign, will be held from Kinshasa to Kathmandu and in
Copenhagen itself.

“We’re joining with people around the world to remind politicians that for
many, ending the climate crisis is a matter of survival. We need a real deal
in Copenhagen, not greenwash,” said Nkiruka Nnaemego from _Nigeria.

[image: Your browser may not support display of this image.]These
demonstrations will draw a line between success and failure at the ongoing
Copenhagen Climate Conference by calling for a 3-point “Real Deal”.
Supporters are asking for all countries to urgently sign a climate agreement
that is:

*a) Fair* – by securing 0 billion in climate financing for poorer
countries

*b) Ambitious* – by peaking global carbon emissions by 2015, and returning
atmospheric carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million

*c) Binding* – legally enforceable

At a special vigil at the culmination of a giant march in Copenhagen on
Saturday the 12th, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu will be joined by
former Irish President Mary Robinson and other climate movement leaders to
deliver a global citizens’ message to negotiators and leaders. Tutu will
urge leaders to take bold action, reminding them that “millions of people,
especially the very poor, are already suffering due to changing weather
patterns, droughts and floods. None of us will be immune from climate change
– we are all in this together and there is no time to lose.”

At many vigils, citizens will be forming the number 350 out of candlelight.
Many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments are
now saying that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for carbon
dioxide in our atmosphere. The number 350 has become a symbol of climate
action since a massive global day of demonstrations organized by the
environmental group 350.org on October 24th.

Bill McKibben, US environmentalist and founder of 350.org says, "People of
every faith, rich and poor, on every continent have spoken clearly in the
last few months, rallying around the 350 target. Ordinary citizens
understand the science. Our leaders have no excuse for not producing a deal
that meets the scale of the crisis.”

Highlights from the weekend of action will include a giant 350 made of
candles at the historic Roman Amphitheater in Amman, Jordan; vigils at
nearly every Senator’s office in the United States, to put pressure on the
US to commit to strong emissions reductions; and, on Sunday, hundreds of
churches ringing their bells 350 times, including the Lutheran Cathedral in
downtown Copenhagen. A complete list of event highlights can be found on
the 350.org website.

So far over 10 million people have signed on to the “Real Deal” as part of
the online TckTckTck campaign. Kumi Naidoo, Chair of TckTckTck said "This
weekend pressure on global leaders will rise as people gather on every
continent in a massive global day of action on climate change.”

Ricken Patel, Executive Director of global campaign network Avaaz.org, one
of the organizations driving the global day of action says “The day of
action shows the huge level of public concern that negotiations are falling
short of the Real Deal that is needed to avert climate catastrophe.”

*Date: 12**th** December 2009*

*Venue: *Crystal Palm Hotel, Tesano, Accra, Ghana

*Time:* 8pm

*ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:*

*Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBI Nigeria)* was founded on
November 27th 2008 and is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission
of Nigeria as a non-political, non-profit making and non-governmental
organization. We advance attitudes, policies and actions that promote
justice, social inclusion, social responsibility, environmental
sustainability and meaningful participation for young people in Nigeria and
beyond and encourage a more positive Youth-Adult Exchange. *
www.fbi-nigeria.org* .

*About WACSI*

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open
Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to reinforce the capacities of
civil society in the region. The Institute is committed to bridging the
institutional and operational gaps within civil society.

Vision: To strengthen civil society organisations as strategic partners for
the promotion of democracy, good governance and national development in the
sub-region. Mission: The objective of the Institute is to strengthen the
institutional and technical capacities of CSOs in the formulation of
policies, the implementation and promotion of democratic values and
principles in West Africa. The role of WACSI is to serve as a resource
centre for training, research, experience sharing and political dialogue for
CSOs in West Africa. The Institute makes its plea through policy dialogue to
discuss current issues affecting West African States. Reference documents
are regularly published by the Institute and disseminated to political
leaders/policy makers. *www.wacsi.org*

*About OSIWA*

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) was created in December
2000 as part of the world network of 32 autonomous foundations founded and
supported by George Soros. These non-profit-making foundations share in the
commitment to work for an “open society”. Based on the principle that no one
has monopoly of the truth, an open society recognises the different points
of view and always remains open to improvements. In practice, open societies
are characterised by the priority of law, democracy, respect of diversity
and human rights, liberalisation of markets, information to the people and
the dynamism of civil society.***www.osiwa.org* * *

*About LGI-OSI*

The Local Government & Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) supports the
OSI mission by working to promote democratic and effective governance and
public administration, and by advancing policy analysis as a tool for
decision making in public affairs. LGI supports local and regional
governmental reform, in collaboration with its civil society partners, by
monitoring and benchmarking government performance on the one hand and
providing analytical and technical support to government on the other.

While LGI works primarily in the transition countries of Eastern Europe and
the former Soviet Union, it has recently formed strategic partnerships with
other OSI programs and external institutions to implement programs in Asia
and Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa.
*http://lgi.osi.hu*
* *

*Our Partners:*

We appreciate the support given to us by the following individuals and
organizations:

High-resolution photos will be available at: *
www.tcktcktck.org/photos*

Broadcast-quality video will be available from here: *
www.tcktcktck.org/video*

For general media information on the “World Wants a Real Deal,” visit:

www.tcktcktck.org/realdeal-media

*TckTckTck* is a coalition of major environmental and anti-poverty
organizations as well as faith, civic and youth networks campaign, named for
the ticking-clock urgency of climate change. It includes *350.org*,
Avaaz.org, Oxfam, Greenpeace, and WWF and calls for a new international
climate treaty that is fair, ambitious and binding. Over 10 million
individuals have already pledged support for the campaign online:
www.tcktcktck.org

*350.org* is an international climate campaign working for a real deal that
meets the latest science. According to many scientists, climate experts and
progressive national governments, the level of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere must be reduced from its current level of 389 ppm to 350 ppm in
order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. For more information
about 350.org and to connect with spokespeople around the world, please
visit: www.350.org

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