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Calling all Twitter activists! As we move into the second week of the UN climate summit, we need you to help us send a tweet of urgency to government representatives meeting in Cancún, Mexico.
For 48 hours starting today, Oxfam is taking messages from people around the world. This is your opportunity to leave your mark on negotiations. On 8 December, we'll then print a selection of the best messages we receive and place them in a giant inflatable bottle that we've had made here in Cancún. Next we'll take the bottle and put it outside the conference centre where discussions are being held.
As we move into the final, critical week of the climate talks, this is the right moment to send a message to the heart of the UN negotiating process. And with press and reporters from all over the world already gathered at the conference centre in Cancún, our giant message in a bottle is bound to draw attention. Here's how to take part:
How do I take part?
It's easy. Just update your status and make sure your include the #tweetbottle hashtag. That way we'll know when your tweet has come through.
What should I tweet?
Short and to the point is best. And with experts stating that emissions needs to peak within the next decade, and with many of the world's poorest communities already suffering the effects, climate change is a pressing issue – so a tweet with some urgency would be best. You might also want to consider who your message could be directed to (using the @ function) or what other hashtags you could use alongside #tweetbottle.
How will you use my tweet?
We'll print a selection of the best tweets we receive onto boards, which we’ll then place in our large inflatable bottle. Then we'll put the bottle outside the conference centre – right in front of where government delegations will see it.
What if I don't use Twitter?
You can still take part too. Just leave us a comment in the box below (but please try to keep your comment down to just a few words).