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: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org.
The Paris Climate Summit ended in a first-of-its-kind agreement: limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius with an aim of 1.5 degrees and achieve climate neutrality that will require phasing out fossil fuels in the second half of this century. While organizers wit 350.org were hoping for more, they’re celebrating a deal that sends what they call “a clear signal” — that it’s time to keep fossil fuels in the ground and time for investors to cut their ties with coal, oil, and gas by divesting for good.
In order to continue pressuring governments to make good on — and possibly even out-perform — the goals from the Paris agreement, 350.org and coalition partners including GreenPeace are inviting you to join their global wave of resistance this May to keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground.
At BreakFree2016.org you can get updates and learn more about how to participate. Plans are coming together and progressing quickly with plenty of ways to get involved before the international actions this spring. There will be public actions such as marches as well as protests with civil disobedience set on shutting down the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects while also supporting the most ambitious climate solutions.
A map and calendar of actions from May 7-15 are coming together with a vision of tens of thousands of people all over the world rising up at a moment when the effort is not linked to any particular government summit, conference, or legislation. Activists and organizers will set the terms and demand attention following the hottest year on record as climate change is already having massive impact on so many communities.
From the BreakFree2016.org sign-up page:
"We are close to a historic, global shift in our energy system. The way we get there is by action that confronts those who are responsible for climate change and takes power back for the people so we can shape the sustainable and just future we need. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, let’s seize it.”
"Leaders Move to Convert Paris Climate Pledges Into Action” via The New York Time
Hear the segment in context:
Episode #980 "A agreement made in Paris (Climate)"
Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich