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Footsteps to Copenhagen

Footsteps to Copenhagen
On 24 April this year Truro Cathedral hosted a meeting of potentially interested individuals/organisations to discuss ways of

a) raising awareness amongst local people of the United Nations climate change negotiations to be held in December in Copenhagen, and

b) delivering a message from the people of Cornwall to our Government about the need to make the necessary commitment at those negotiations to help ensure global warming is kept within the critical 2oc

Following this meeting a planning group was set up, which consists of:

Philip Lambert (Truro Cathedral/Transition Truro)

Claire Eason-Bassett (Event Cornwall)

Oliver Baines (Groundswell/ Transition Ladock)

Howard Curnow (Cornwall Wildlife Trust)

Bert Biscoe (County/City councillor)

Phyllis Reddock (WI)

Robin Sellwood (Transition Truro/Truro Cathedral)

Sarah Wetherill (Transition Truro)

Lindsay Southcombe (Transition Truro/FOE/Green Party)

Jemma Roberts (Coast)

What is being planned?

The following events are planned:

1 Friday 9 October - Cathedral event to raise awareness of the Copenhagen negotiations, deliver a clear message to local politicians, show level of local concern about climate change and promote a "Cornish declaration" for the climate change talks

2 Monday 19 - Friday 23 October - Schools undertake their own individual events/marches in their localities the week before half term

3 Saturday 24 October to Friday 30 October - Penzance to Saltash march/cycle ride starts in Penzance on Saturday 24 October and finishes in Saltash on Friday 30 October, averaging 7-8 miles a day

4 Local events to be encouraged during this week at each over night stopping off point and elsewhere

5 Saturday 31 October - Groups/organisations from the local events, and other interested individuals joint the marchers/cyclists in Saltash on Saturday 31 October crossing over the Tamar for a mass rally on the Plymouth side featuring prominent/high profile speakers and politicians. Delivery of the declaration

6 There will be a small envoy to London to deliver the declaration. This could be on Saturday 5 December which is the date of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition march in London.

The Cornish declaration

A declaration has been drafted which we are looking to get as many organisations and individuals to sign up to:

We, the people of Cornwall and our visitors, pledge to ensure that our families and communities will survive to freely enjoy the bounty and beauty of Cornwall.

We pledge:-

to strive to restore balance between nature and society

to strive to lead sustainable lives

to strive to leave positive footprints on the path to Copenhagen and into the future.

We want Cornwall to be part of a planet which lives within its means.

At Copenhagen in December 2009 we want the Prime Minister and his Ministers to forge an agreement amongst all nations to keep the increase in temperature of this planet to below 2 deg. C.