#GlobalClimateMarch via @350 — Best of the Left Activism

You’ve reached the activism portion of today’s show. Now that you’re informed and angry, here’s what you can do about it. Today’s activism: #GlobalClimateMarch.

The United Nations is preparing for climate negotiations in Paris this December and, predictably, 350.org has been active ahead of time.

“The Road Through Paris” campaign is so-named because the pressure will need to continue beyond the summit. As 350.org’s campaign page says: "No matter what happens at the summit, this will continue to be true: Politicians don’t lead movements — people do.”

2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history — which will make this the third record-breaking year in a row. The UN Secretary General says he’s on board, telling the press that we need to "accelerate investments in clean energy and spur a global, low-carbon transformation well before the end of the century, consistent with a below 2 degrees Celsius pathway.”

350.org is looking to hold them to that and more with specific milestones. Their goal is to get world leaders to make a deal that’s “in line with the imperatives of science and justice.” They’re demanding that 80% of fossil fuels stay in the ground and financing for a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. These are ambitious goals and everyone has to get involved in a visible show of support to put the necessary weight behind the demands.

Next up is the Global Climate March November 28th and 29th — info on the specifics in your area can be found at 350.org/global-climate-march. It’s the weekend before the talks start and, while the biggest action is happening in Paris itself, people are participating around the globe.

350.org optimistically calls this a possible turning point — but only if we push for it. Visit 350.org and join up with the Global Climate March happening near you, or access resources to start your own.

TAKE ACTION:

Join the next 350.org #RoadThroughParis event: The #GlobalClimateMarch

Additional Activism/Resources:

GoFossilFree.org’s push ahead of the Paris summit: Register Your Divestment from fossil fuels

Sources/further reading:

"Leaders Discuss Deeper Engagement for Strong Climate Agreement in Paris”

"Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point: It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants.”

via Bloomberg

"Demolishing The 7 Myths Propping Up Fossil Fuels: It's time to set the record straight.” via Huffington Post

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #962 "Building momentum to and through Paris (Climate)"

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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