World leaders are gathering in Brazil for the Rio Earth Summit next week. Global Exchange’s Shannon Biggs will be there speaking about the rights of nature, and to release the brand new report “Rights of Nature: Planting Seeds of Real Change.”

(Here’s a taste of what’s in the report. The full report will be released online following the Rio+20 Conference.)

Leading up to the Rio Summit on June 18th, Global Exchange is joining a growing number of online activists to storm the web via Twitter to demand an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

This online action is organized by our friends at and you too can take part. Here’s more about the Twitter Storm, from

A twitter storm is brewing. This June, world leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the UN’s Rio+20 Conference on the environment. Tweet #endfossilfuelsubsidies on June 18th to demand that they end fossil fuel subsidies now!

While we deliver the results of our fossil fuel subsidies petition offline, we’ll be organizing a simultaneous online mobilization to really drive home the point. Our goal is to deliver tens of thousands of messages to world leaders so they know we demand action—and if we get enough support, we might even hit the Guinness World Record for the “most widespread social network message in 24 hours.” To top it off, we’ll be projecting tweets with #endfossilfuelsubsidies in iconic public spaces in the real world, both in Rio and in capital cities around the globe.

Twitter connects world leaders, opinion makers, and regular activists all on one network. If we work together and aim high, we can make sure the right people see and hear this grassroots uprising. We don’t believe the internet will save the world—we believe that people will. Now let’s use this digital bullhorn to make some noise.


If you take part in this Twitter Storm, remember to check the “Find your local time” page first to identify the correct time for you to send your tweets out.

Global Exchange is excited to take part in’s Twitter Storm. Will you join us?