Thursday, August 07, 2008

Light a Candle for Tibet

  • Watch Skyscrapers and Mountain Tops Flare with Red Smoke
  • Join Other Special Light Actions All Over The World
  • Drive Your Car With Lights On for 24 Hours
  • Light Up Any Source of Light for Tibet
  • Unite with more than 100,000,000
  • Light a candle from 9pm on 7th August in your own timezone

In what
Candle for Tibet hope will be the biggest light protest on earth.

August 7th 2008 is the day before the opening ceremony of The Olympic Games in Beijing. On this day organisers aim to create the world's greatest LIGHT PROTEST, when at least 100 million people from all over the world will light a candle and say YES to freedom in Tibet!

All you are asked to do is to light a simple candle
on August 7th at 9 pm in your own time zone.

Light the Candle at your home, workplace or in a public place. Put the candle in your Window, or on your desk, or anywhere else where other people will see it and hopefully do the same.

The light protest it is hoped will be seen by billions on TV screens all over the world on the day the Beijing Olympics open. "Candle for Tibet" are not against the Olymipcs or anything else for that matter, they stand for Freedom. Period.

On the following day Candle for Tibet organisers willl issue letters to every head of state in the world to tell him exactly how many people from his country wish Tibet to be free. They will also demand that each one of them act for the freedom of Tibet.

They will also issue letters to the general secretary of UN, the government in Beijing and to other global organizations with data on global participation.

So if you're on Facebook, add it to your 'events' page. If not, just keep the scuttlebut moving from here . . .

This little light of mine . . .I'm gonna let it shine!


ian said...

How about not buying Chinese produced products, or not buying the products of the Olympics sponsors, who have turned a blind eye to China's abuses of human rights, or deciding not to watch the Olympics on television and so reduce the ratings?

Anyone who says the games are not politicized should be asked why, then, are national colours worn and national flags flown?

Baino said...

Quite so Rev although sometimes it's difficult to avoid. Now now . . settle petal . . I've been channel surfing to get away from Olympic coverage. This is a nation where sport is religion! Adam told me that the American team arrived wearing facemasks! As for national colours and flags . .well it is an international competition . . maybe I don't see the flag as a nationalistic or patriotic symbol but more of a badge that identifies each nation. Either way, I am not watching the coverage.

The point of this little and poorly publicised effort is to actually hit those watching the games although there was nothing on the news about it here tonight.

Quickroute said...

I wonder just how much influence was put on our "free press" to keep this back page?

Terence McDanger said...

How long before someone starts about Co2 and wasting energy on lights when they're not needed?

Megan said...

Terence, that's just what I was thinking. ;)

Nick said...

Interesting idea, but I think the Free Tibet protest by the two Brits outside the Olympic Stadium probably generated more headlines and caused the Chinese government a lot more embarrassment!

steph said...

Let it shine, shine, shine...

for Tibet

Good on ye, Baino

Jefferson Davis said...

I'll be more than happy to "Light a candle", but I'm too much of a tree hugger to "Drive Your Car With Lights On for 24 Hours".

How's consuming more fuel going to help anyone?! I've read that sort of nonsense before. The whole idea of running your lights on during the day or turning on every light in the house is against the very core of Tibetan Buddhism!

Sorry Baino, but the people that write up these bulletins should really think hard about what they are saying.

(lighting a candle)

GayƩ Terzioglu said...

Lighting a candle is indeed a very noble idea, although I have no idea how and why the Chinese officials and policy makers should take notice of it. Peaceful protest I hear them say, I think it will help people to find out a bit more about their neighbours but that's that.
Using car headlights don't consume more petrol, but surely the batteries will get good use... Using any source of light however conflicts with the glamorous Earth Day we just had all over the world, doesn't it? Why did we turn off all the lights for?
Peaceful protests are all well and good, but if freedom and human rights were so important to the "leaders" of the free world they would have denied China the olympics, until it set things right, but that train is already missed so nothing to do really.
I say we should light a candle for the athletes who have to breathe in the pollution day in and day out.
I was in China and experienced the pollution first hand, or should I say lung.

Baino said...

People, People . . .they don't mean ELECTRIC lights. It's light a candle!

JD they don't mean go driving for 24 hours as a protest, they mean when you drive over the 24 hour period, put your lights on! Your lights are powered by car battery (recharged by the engine) which you're running anyway! And JD you are so not a tree hugger! You drove your truck into the mountains at high speed and filmed it a couple of days ago!

Gaye you're right of course but it's something. And Earth Day was little more than a stunt but I do hope it raised some awareness.

Nick's got a point re the TV coverage of protesters climbing flag poles although I saw a poor woman fall 4 metres from the Chinese Embassy somewhere in the US because staff cut the rope she was dangling from in a protest.

Anyway, I'm doing my little bit in my little corner of the world. Oh, I'm boycotting the games too (apart from the unavoidable bits on the news)

Melissa said...

Amazing what a little (or a whole lotta) light can do!

I hope you're feeling better this end of the week, Baino! I've been catching up with blogs as it has been a busy week (hence hardly any posts from me) ... the girls go back to school in a couple of weeks and my heart strings are being tugged. Four months to Clarebear's return -- start the countdown!! :)

Annie Ha said...

let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Megan said...

It's just gone 10 pm here. Have to blow it out now.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Never mind just light a candle, my stance is not to watch the Olympics at all. A bit sad, because I love the Olympics, but I'm not joining in the hypocrisy that riddles these 2008 games.

You know, several months ago the press were all over China screaming about human rights abuses and threatening to boycott the Games. A friend of mine, said, yeah, they make a big noise now, but watch, once the Games start, they'll be all over them with coverage.

Yep, so true. We forget ever so easily, especially when there's self gratification involved.

laughingwolf said...

did it, some time ago, and continue to do so....

Baino said...

Thanks Melissa to the new laptop I have seen and spoken to my lovely twice this week. Once teary once not so. She's off on more adventures from the 13th and only four months to go.

Hello Annie, welcome aboard,small gesture badly publicised.

Nah Megan, I am a candlophile, I burn them anyway.

AV I am boycotting too. Besides the unbearably biased covereage, (you'd think the Aussies were the only team competing) I have no interest in this one. We have forgotten Tienanmin Square, not to mention Tibet, Burma, Zimbabwe . .

Good onya Wuffa!

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Apparently I'm a subconscious Tibet supporter, or perhaps [insert Higher Power here] is: we had candle lit at 9:00 last night because of a nasty thunderstorm wandering through.

Close enough.

GayƩ Terzioglu said...

I didn't watch the opening ceremony and I am not watching any of the olympics. Having played competetive volleyball for 17 years, martial arts over 10, being a sports fanatic and all, but for the first time in my life I am feeling like I won't miss out and I have no interest... Weird.
I lit a candle with an aromatherapy oil holder with lavender oil, above it.