No newcomer to the devastating impact of climate change on the developing world, the 23-year-old former “OC” star’s commercial and theatrical success has given her the opportunity to speak out on pressing global issues. Previously, she has been a spokesperson for 'Climate Star,' an organization that fights global warming through social and legislative activism. She is also an ambassador for the 'One Water' campaign, which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and for 'Save the Children' who she worked with in India for a month.
“Having an influential and compassionate young star like Mischa Barton support PlanetCall, and its aim of engaging global youth on climate change, at what is an absolutely critical time for our planet, will be pivotal to engaging even more young people whose futures depend on the success or failure of the decision-makers who will meet in Copenhagen this December,” said scientist and author Tim Flannery, Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, one of the founders of the PlanetCall initiative.
He added: “Our goal is simple. A unified global youth voice on climate change to secure an ambitious binding treaty at COP15. Sign the Declaration and help us reach our goal of reaching 1 million signatures. Young people from 100 countries have already signed. What we now need, with just two months until the UN Climate Change Conference, is the persuasive power of many, so I hope that many more people from all parts of the globe will log on and sign today, encouraging their family and friends to do the same.”
Also endorsed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Connie Hedegaard, Danish Minister for Climate and Energy and host of COP15, among others, the PlanetCall initiative was launched at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, in May 2009, an event headlined by Al Gore, Yvo de Boer, and Cate Blanchett. The PlanetCall Declaration will be handed over to decision-makers at COP15 in December.
PlanetCall is an invitation to young people to become co-architects of their future. PlanetCall is about sustainable solutions, and young people’s willingness to embrace a low-carbon future. This is exactly what is needed to foster innovation and sustainable solutions. On PlanetCall, you demonstrate your willingness to take part in building this sustainable future by doing three things: signing the Declaration; posting a Call; and forwarding on, asking all those you know to do the same.
The initiative is spearheaded by Monday Morning, Scandinavia's leading independent think tank, and the Copenhagen Climate Council, an initiative working for an effective new global treaty in Copenhagen in December, along with AIESEC, Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN), Energy Action Coalition, and Energy Crossroads.
But many more organizations become partners by the day, encouraging their members to sign and using the news, events, and share functionalities of the site, as well as posting Calls and videos. Other engaged organizations include the World Student Community on Sustainable Development (WSC-SD), Oikos International, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC), 2degreesC, Envision, myclimate, Interfaith, Rework, Artist Project Earth, NewLifeCopenhagen, Sierra Youth Coalition, and Earth Hour.