04/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A Message From Our Future Smart Appliance Overlords (VIDEO)

A fridge from the future has told me that only I can save its future -- and the planet's. And it's not even 8 a.m. yet. Whew. What a way to start a Friday. Check out this campaign from Avaaz.com to encourage efficiency standards in appliances (and see the video below):

Europe is one of the biggest sources of the world's climate pollution -- and experts say that half of Europe's emissions come from boilers, fridges, TVs and other energy-using products in homes and other buildings.

Strong energy efficiency standards have been proposed for these products that would massively reduce climate emissions, save money on electricity, and set a strong example of what's possible for the rest of the world. But out of sight of the public, some vested industrial interests are pushing hard to water down the proposals.

A public, worldwide outcry can still defeat the industry lobbyists, but time is short! Sign the petition below, and it will be delivered this week to EU decision-makers in Brussels.

Check out the campaign here