Friday, 27th September 2013
For immediate release

Climate Change: The Debate is Over
**175,000 call on media to report the truth and governments to pursue solutions**

Today, people across the world are echoing the unequivocal scientific consensus that human activities are causing climate change, and urging the media to responsibly report the IPCC’s findings and push for inter-governmental action to stop a catastrophe.

In just 12 hours since it was launched, over 175,000 have signed the Avaaz petition targeting media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and hundreds have already tweeted or sent letters to other editors across the world. The petition is expected to rise to 500,000 strong in the next 24 hours. The petition is a bold move to call out irresponsible reporting that has stalled critical action on the climate crisis. The petition has a simple message: tell the truth and let the scientists be heard.

Luis Morago, Campaign Director for Avaaz, said: “The debate on man-made climate change is now over. Climate deniers live in the same parallel universe as people who think Elvis Presley is still alive and that the world is flat. It is crucial that the sections of the media that have spun junk science concede, and tell the truth today. The world’s top experts are sounding the global alarm and providing solutions on how to save our planet. Governments must listen to this wake up call and act urgently to stop the catastrophe.”   

To mark this groundbreaking report, Avaaz campaigners set up a giant 12-metre long seesaw with dozens of scientists in lab coats outside the IPCC venue. The seesaw action illustrates that the science is in and unequivocally outweighs the climate change deniers. It’s time to end the false debate and start the serious battle to prevent disaster.

The IPCC report released today in Stockholm is the most important climate report in decades -- leaked drafts that are set to be approved by governments today will show:
- There is now 95% scientific certainty that humans are responsible for causing climate change
- The last decade (2000-2009) has been the warmest on record.
- It is projected that 10% of arctic surface waters will be acidified in the next 10 years which will increase to 50% by 2050

ENDS

Pictures from the Avaaz event organised today in Stockholm are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avaaz/ 

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact either Lisa Vickers in Stockholm on: (+31) 625229950, [email protected] or Will Davies in London on: (+44) 7855419901, [email protected].

Avaaz is a 26-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages). Our team is spread across 19 countries on 5 continents and operates in 16 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's latest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.