2015 was the hottest year on record. February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month in history - by a long shot.
But here’s some good news: The winds of change powered by an energized and organized climate movement are blowing strong, and the fossil fuel giants are starting to sway.
This year, BP announced that its 4th quarter profits sank by nearly 70%. Royal Dutch Shell warned its profits would be cut in half from the previous year. In Paris, 193 countries agreed to end the age of fossil fuel. President Obama released, and is fighting to uphold, a Clean Power Plan that would shutter hundreds of coal-fire power plants.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for the climate movement. For the first time we have momentum on our side, but to take advantage of the shift in global awareness and make the full transition to renewable energy we must keep the pressure on.
And so, in that same spirit, we are reminding you again today about 350.org’s “Break Free 2016” - a global wave of mass actions over May 4th to the 15th that will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% reniewable energy.
Break Free 2016 has strategically selected the locations of these global actions citing that...
“...fighting climate change requires the courage to confront polluters where they think they are most powerful. For years, communities on the front lines have led that struggle, and this May we can join them.”
In the US, actions will take place in most regions of the country at the following locations:
Pacific Northwest action - Anacortes, WA
Northeast action - Albany, NY
Midwest action - Chicago Area, IL
Western action - Denver, CO
Southwest action - Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Atlantic action - Washington, DC
If these action locations are not close to you, the organizers encourage you to organize buses, trains and bike-pools to the event in your region of the country. If you absolutely can’t make it to one of the actions, you can organize your own local action as part of Break Free.
Visit breakfree.org to sign up and get further details on the action nearest you. Use the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground to join the conversation online.
So, if the future of humanity is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Break Free 2016 via social media so that others in your network can get involved too.
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Let’s show the fossil fuel giants that we’re ready to break free from fossil fuels once and for all.
Find and sign up for a targeted action near you at breakfree2016.org
Learn more about organizing your own action
Join the conversation online via the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground
Follow @350 on Twitter for the latest updates on the action and other news
Donate to support the work of 350.org
4 Reasons Now is our Chance to Break Free from Fossil Fuels (via BreakFree2016.org)
Bill McKibbon: Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry (via The Nation)
Inside the Paris Climate Deal (via The New York Times)
President Obama's Climate Action Plan Infographic (via WhiteHouse.gov)
Fossil Giant BP Sees Fourth-Quarter Profits Sink Nearly 70% (via Smarter Shift)
Hear the segment in context:
Episode #1001 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_1001_climate
Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.