The UN is launching a new seat; the People’s Seat that will give everyone a voice at Cop24. The People’s Seat will allow people to “virtually sit” and share their views alongside leaders, governments and representative organizations at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24, December 2-14. The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice welcomes this initiative which is giving people an opportunity to realise their right to participate in public life which will ultimately contribute to climate justice.
Recognising that climate change is a global challenge that requires a global solution, the UN is working to engage all citizens to add their voices and actions in support of efforts to help raise ambition to tackle climate change. In ‘taking a seat’, people from around the world have a unique opportunity to have their voices heard in The People’s Address. The People’s Address will be shaped by thousands of people from around the world who use the hashtag #TakeYourSeat to join the conversation on climate change. The People’s Address will be delivered by Sir David Attenborough from The People’s Seat at the COP24 plenary on 3 December and will be broadcast on social media around the world.
The People’s Address will also trigger the launch of a Climate Action Facebook Messenger ActNow.bot. ActNow.bot will make it easier than ever before for people to understand what actions they can take personally in the fight against climate change. ActNow.bot will recommend everyday actions – like taking public transport and eating less meat – and track the number of actions to highlight the impact that collective action can make at this critical moment in our planet’s history.