Julia Morgan

December 10, 2009 07:00 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Torontonians to Gather in Candlelight Vigils for Climate Action-Events to Take Place All Over the City and World

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) -

Attention: News/Assignment/Photo Editors

Toronto residents will gather on the Danforth and at 26 other locations across the city this weekend for candlelight vigils. The events are part of a massive global movement (with 2288 vigils scheduled in 134 countries) where people will gather to advocate for real action on climate change at the Copenhagen negotiations. Events globally will culminate in a special vigil led by Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu and former UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson outside negotiation headquarters in Copenhagen.

Organizers are calling for a real deal on climate that is: a) Fair - $200 billion in climate financing for poorer countries. b) Ambitious - a 2015 peak year for carbon emissions and a safe carbon level of 350 ppm in the atmosphere. c) Binding - legally enforceable.

WHO: A large group of Danforth residents and other Torontonians

WHAT: Candlelight vigil with stories from the front lines of climate change
and a map of the world made from candlelight. People worldwide will
take similar action this weekend, from monks in India to winegrowers
in France.

WHERE: Alexander the Great Parkette, Danforth and Logan
(To locate other events in Toronto:

WHEN: Saturday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m.

WHY: "Our message to world leaders is: we want a real deal," says Julia
Morgan, a member of online campaign network Avaaz.org that is
coordinating the global action. "Climate change is the defining issue
of our time. We can get it right now - or face total catastrophe in
30 years. The choice is ours."

Photos from all over the world will be available for free at: www.avaaz.org/realdeal

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