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Subject: Someone's drinking champagne in
The polluting industry lobby stopped a
real deal at
Leaders disappointed the entire world in
Recently a few youth climate activists (funded by Avaaz online donations!) dared to challenge the most powerful polluter lobbyist group, the US Chamber of Commerce, by helping to stage a humorous satirical press conference announcing the Chamber had decided to help fight climate change.
The polluter lobby?s response? A huge lawsuit suing these young activists for potentially enormous amounts of money. Experts say a response like this is extremely rare. It appears designed to send a chilling message to our movement and silence all who would speak out.
Let's send a message back. The Chamber has raised $750,000 from US corporations to help launch this attack ? If 20,000 of us give just a small amount each to our effort to stand up for climate activists and stop the polluter lobby, we?ll raise more than them - showing their intimidation backfired! Let?s show the polluter lobby that we can?t be silenced, and show politicians that the future belongs to people, not polluters:
While people were out in force in
In our journey together as the Avaaz community, we've taken on dictators in
Ricken, Ben, Iain, Alice, Graziela, Luis, Paul, Taren, Sam, Pascal, Benjamin, Paula, Milena and the whole Avaaz team
PS - here are some links for more information:
New York Times -- "Way behind the curve" - the NYT savages the Chamber's position on climate change:
Huffington Post -- "PGE Quits US Chamber of Commerce" - about large corporations leaving the Chamber because of its climate stance:
Common Dreams - covering the satirical press conference about the Chamber:
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