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See you in the queue!

Everyone loves a good queue, especially the British. So there’s no excuse for missing out on this fantastic event for World Water Day!

On Monday 22nd March 2010, people from around the world will join together to form the World’s Longest Toilet Queue for a Guinness World Record! 

Queues will be popping up all over the place to demand action from politicians attending the first ever High-Level Meeting on Water and Sanitation in Washington DC a few weeks later. So far 65 countries are taking part!


Conveniently arranged so you can join in before work, we will be standing in solidarity with the 2.5 billion people without a toilet, and the shocking 4,000 children under five who die every single day as a result. Everyone has a right to taps and toilets!

Photo: Tearfund

This will be a queue with a difference. Come along prepared to queue up for a giant toilet whilst wearing a mask of Gordon Brown as we strain (sorry!) to show him one last time that the UK government must demonstrate continued leadership and support at this meeting to tackle the sanitation and water crisis.

World Water Day, Monday 22 March at 8.30am (you’ll be on your way to work by 9am)

Old Palace Yard, Westminster

A free breakfast snack will be provided to help us go through the motions!


The London queue is organised by Tearfund, WaterAid, Pump Aid and other UK End Water Poverty members.

To find out more about the event globally, and to see the famous queuers getting involved, go to http://www.worldtoiletqueue.org/. You can also find resources such as Twitter backgrounds and website widgets to show your support!

Or join the event on Facebook by searching for ‘The World’s Longest Toilet Queue in London’.

Come stand in solidarity with the billions who don’t have access to a decent toilet. And make sure to look out for Superbadger in the queue!

Go to www.tearfund.org to find out more about what else Tearfund is doing for water and sanitation for poorer countries.


“Not by doing what we can get away with…”

Increased security. Hours of speeches. Frantic negotiations. This can only mean world leaders have arrived in Copenhagen!

Gordon Brown giving his speech at Copenhagen (Photo via Flickr)

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has delivered his speech at the climate talks. Here’s Tearfund’s reaction:

‘We welcome the Prime Minister’s persistence in pushing for developed countries to ‘address the gaping sorrows of the left out millions in Africa, the torment of our island states, the fear gripping the planet’s most vulnerable communities. Not by doing what we can get away with but by demanding the most of ourselves.’

‘We sincerely hope this high level political will has a domino effect of raised ambition from other developed countries’, said Tearfund’s Director of Advocacy Paul Cook.

With two full negotiating days left the aid agency is urging the EU to go further and play a leadership role and drive industrialised nations’ ambition towards reaching agreement on three key areas: tough emissions reduction targets, generous climate finance (additional to current aid commitments) and securing a legally binding deal by Friday.

‘The sums of money for climate finance and emissions reductions targets being tabled are currently inadequate. The welter of scientific evidence demands far greater political will and we must do everything we can to prevent a crisis of leadership from rich nations. At this stage in the talks whilst the Prime Minister still needs to go further in his targets, his acknowledgement of the urgency is definitely a positive step in the right direction. Cook concluded.’

Superbadger will be listening to see what other world leaders have to say. The targets announced so far are not ambitious enough, rich countries must ramp up their efforts – let’s continue to pray for a F.A.B deal to be agreed.

Take action today at http://apps.facebook.com/superbadger/index.php

Lead the way Prime Minister


Time is ticking.

With just a few days of climate negotiations remaining we need to see much more progress. There’s no time for stalling.

As world leaders knuckle-down in the final stages of the climate talks in Copenhagen, they must show leadership and use their influence to bring climate justice.

This is vital if we’re to get a fair, ambitious and binding deal that protects the poorest and most vulnerable people hit hardest by climate change.

Who better to push for this than world leaders, including our prime minister, Gordon Brown. They have the power to drive the negotiations forward but this requires leadership.

Be our climate leader!

The talks are progressing far too slowly and what’s on the table falls far short of what’s scientifically needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. Prime Minister Gordon Brown must show leadership and political will to seal a climate deal that prevents these impacts.

With the burden of climate change on his shoulders, Gordon Brown must take the lead in Copenhagen to persuade other rich nations to seal a deal that is…

F air     A mbitious      B inding

You know it by now! Campaign for it. It’s so easy.

Badger Gordon to show global leadership in Copenhagen

Lots of Danish love,