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Do Not Use · 3rd September 2008
Ruth and Roland
Avaaz is an organization I have become aware of recently and I thought many on Cortes would appreciate the work they are doing and want to learn more.

"Next week, a group of small islands' leaders will call the on the UN Security Council to address climate change as a fundamental threat to peace and security a push to recognize that their nations' very existence is under threat. Stand with the islanders sign the petition that they will deliver to the UN:

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Next week, the leaders of a group of small islands are planning an unprecedented effort to press Security Council itself to address climate change as a threat to international peace and security.

For those in small island states, rising sea levels are an existential threat. Climate change isn't a far-off menace, it's a day-to-day crisis; as an Avaaz member in Fiji wrote this week, "whenever there is a particularly high tide, the village is flooded and homes are awash." Moving the climate debate into the security arena could shift the global politics of the issue but the effort is likely to meet fierce opposition from the world’s biggest polluters. Sign the petition now to raise a worldwide chorus of support for this call it will be presented by the islands' ambassadors next week at the UN:"

http://www.avaaz.org/en/islands_climate_warning