350.org

Subscribe to 350.org feed 350.org
We're mobilizing a global movement to stop dangerous climate change. Join us at 350.org, and take action at an event near you on the International Day of Climate Action, 24 October, 2009.
Updated: 16 hours 26 min ago

Keystone XL: Historic Moment to Resist

November 20, 2017 - 3:18pm

State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this pipeline will not be built.

Trump has tried everything to get this dirty tar sands pipeline built – but this announcement, though complicated, appears to be a setback that creates more hurdles TransCanada will have to jump through – so many that it might be too difficult for the company to move forward.

If they do move forward, they’ll be met with enormous resistance led by Indigenous peoples on the route of the pipeline – and we’re asking you to commit to standing with them. We’re answering the call of our Indigenous allies along the route to continue to oppose this project, and we need you engaged.

Join the Promise to Protect and commit to traveling to the pipeline route to engage in peaceful creative resistance when called upon by frontline leaders.

Together with Indigenous leaders, ranchers, and farmers, we’ll make a series of nonviolent but resolute stands along the proposed pipeline route in opposition to a project that endangers our communities, land, water and climate.

TransCanada said they’ll decide by December whether or not to move forward, and if we can show enough resistance with thousands of people ready to stand up – we’ll perhaps influence this decision.1

Add your name and Promise to Protect the people and water under threat in the path of Keystone XL.

All of us remember the inspiring beauty and power of the Standing Rock encampment a year ago. But we also remember the violent crackdown from authorities and the pipeline company in response. That’s why we will:

  1. Ask everyone to sign up in advance
  2. Require that everyone participate in a training beforehand
  3. Announce that this will be peaceful and nonviolent, at least on our end
  4. Respect the leadership of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers on the route

Once you sign up, we’ll be working with our Indigenous and frontline partners on the ground to determine the most strategic plan and timeline. We’ll keep you updated about dates and trainings once we know if and when TransCanada moves forward. In the meantime, our partners in Nebraska will use every legal option available to stop the pipeline, and continue to build renewables directly in the route.

We don’t know if we can hold the line on KXL forever, but then again we took on this fight in the summer of 2011 confident we’d lose. We knew we had to fight anyway, and so far we’ve succeeded, keeping 800,000 barrels of earth’s dirtiest oil in the ground day after day, year after year.

This fight has always been bigger than one pipeline. The movement that’s risen since this journey began is stronger than ever – and now every proposed fossil fuel project across the country is being challenged like never before. Now, it will take everyone’s help to stop Keystone, and all the dirty energy projects that threaten our communities and climate.

So on we go–and thank you so much for being part of this big broad movement and this long and beautiful fight for the future.

Bill

TransCanada to make final decision on Keystone XL by December – Reuters

Categories: International News

2018 – The Year for Local Action

November 20, 2017 - 9:05am

There was plenty of bold climate leadership during the UN climate talks this year — and it came from those most impacted by the climate crisis and local leaders.

As Pacific Climate Warriors we stood in solidarity with German communities who are fighting the frontlines of coal extraction with creative tactics and determination. We stood alongside American youth representing the cities and states resisting Trump’s fossil fuel agenda by committing to 100% renewable energy. We lifted up the calls for climate justice and the leadership of Pacific islanders facing the brunt of climate impacts.

Watch and share our COP23 wrap-up video about what comes next

We are all leaving Germany with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the coming year — that together we can unleash a huge groundswell of local action for a Fossil Free world globally in 2018.  

We know our calls to keep fossil fuels in the ground were heard loud and clear — by world leaders here in Bonn and by people like you all over the world who pledged to take local action.

Watch and share this video to bring others with us on this journey

Our rapidly changing climate is a massive problem that requires a huge popular movement pushing the right solutions in 2018. We need bold action from our governments but many are still failing to live up to what’s required under the Paris Agreement. Right now, building local people power to stop fossil fuel projects and accelerate the transition to renewables is our best shot at securing lasting change.

Street by street, city by city and from one community to the next – it’s up to all of us to build public support for the future we want.

We’re heading home now, but the Pacific Climate Warriors are more energised than ever to help build resilience to the coming climate impacts in our island communities and keep standing up for a Fossil Free world.  But if we’re to really be successful, we need you all with us.

Spread the word

Fenton Lutunatabua is 350 Pacific Coordinator

Categories: International News

The Keystone Spill and Fight Ahead

November 17, 2017 - 10:08pm

TransCanada’s Keystone 1 pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil Thursday, gushing the equivalent of ten backyard swimming pools of toxic tar sand oil onto the grassy plains of South Dakota – just miles from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate reservation.

This spill comes just days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission will decide the fate of Donald Trump’s pet project, Keystone XL – a proposed expansion of the same pipeline system.

We’re confident Nebraska will make the right decision and reject this project, but no matter what happens on Monday, communities are ready for whatever outcome — and we won’t stop until this project is dead for good. Stay tuned for an announcement from us and next steps.

These pipelines, like all pipelines, are fundamentally and inherently dangerous. They threaten land and water and poison the climate. If Keystone XL is approved, there will undoubtedly be more disasters like this spill. And the climate crisis will hurtle even closer to the tipping point. We must keep tar sands in the ground.

While Big Oil’s leaky pipelines fail, we remain strong and resolute. A coalition of Indigenous peoples, farmers and ranchers along the Keystone XL route have held the line against this project for years. Whatever Nebraska commissioners decide on Monday, we are prepared to stop this pipeline and all fossil fuel developments that threaten people and planet.

We’ve been stopping Keystone XL and TransCanada for the better part of a decade. We will keep stopping them. Last month, TransCanada withdrew its application to build the Energy East tar sands pipeline after thousands of people (including 350.org‘s tar sands team in Canada) successfully pressured the Canadian government to apply a climate test to the project.

This fight goes beyond one project. Resistance to Keystone XL has reshaped the fate of every fossil fuel project. Now, the industry fears the “Keystone-ization” of any proposed fossil fuel project. It’s time to double down.

As the Trump administration attempts to ham-fist the Keystone XL pipeline down the throats of Indigenous peoples, ranchers, and Mother Earth, we say no more.

A better world is possible and deeply necessary right now. Let’s fight for it.

Read our statement from 350.org Executive Director May Boeve.

Tweets:

Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil on eve of key permitting decision https://t.co/6cbn1Z9Hvt

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 16, 2017

Developing: More than 200,000 gallons of oil have spilled out of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota https://t.co/zk7haIqQ0b

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 16, 2017

A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, according to the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada.

The spill involved the equivalent of about 5,000 barrels of oil. https://t.co/yWHLmf7tVl pic.twitter.com/XAsvivpi1u

— CNN International (@cnni) November 17, 2017

Categories: International News

U.S. People’s Delegation at COP23

November 17, 2017 - 11:20am

The only event the Trump administration hosted at the COP23 UN climate talks during the last two weeks in Germany was a panel promoting “clean” coal, nuclear, and other fossil fuels. This is climate denial in action.

Luckily, people weren’t buying it. As fossil fuel executives took the stage to speak, hundreds of people rose up, disrupting the event by singing, and walked out. I was there, and I can tell you that being part of that beautiful and powerful moment sent shivers down my spine. But don’t just take it from me — watch this powerful video of people rising up in resistance:

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

The U.S. People's Delegation at COP23

Communities in the U.S. are standing up. Despite Trump’s disastrous climate decisions, at the UN Climate Talks, the U.S. People’s Delegation spotlighted the solutions we need, showcased what climate leadership needs to look like and strongly resisted fossil fuel cronies' efforts. Watch what the People’s Delegation accomplished over the past two weeks at COP23. #USPeoplesDelegation

Posted by 350.org on Thursday, November 16, 2017

 

This powerful act of resistance was led by members of the U.S. People’s Delegation. The delegation included youth, Indigenous peoples, frontline communities, advocates, and policymakers who came to Germany to stand their ground as the true representatives of people in the U.S. Through direct actions, speak outs and discussions with elected officials, they spotlighted that true climate leadership in the U.S. comes from the people.

The organizations represented in the People’s Delegation include: SustainUS, Sunrise Movement, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance as part of It Takes Roots, U.S Human Rights Network, Climate Generation, Our Children’s Trust, ICLEI USA, NextGen America, and 350.org.

 

Together they sent a powerful message to the world in Germany: U.S. communities aren’t waiting for this administration to get its act together — we’re demanding lasting change now. The delegation showed world leaders that people are already organizing in cities and states across the country to call for a fast, just transition to a world free of fossil fuels that’s powered by 100% renewable energy for all.

Now, as the climate talks draw to a close, the delegation members are heading home for some much-needed rest — but here in the U.S., our fight is just beginning.

Until then, watch and share the U.S. People’s Delegation’s video here to spread the word that no matter what Trump says, U.S. communities are still fighting for real climate solutions.

With resolve,

Thanu Yakupitiyage

P.S. Once you’ve shared the video, there’s one more way you can join the movement for local climate solutions: People across the U.S. are holding #FossilFree House Parties to chart out a plan for 100% renewable energy and no new fossil fuel projects in their communities. Click here to find or host a house party near you this week.

Categories: International News

After COP23: “The Ambition Race Is On”

November 17, 2017 - 10:23am

Bonn, Germany — As the UN Climate Talks wrap-up in Germany, campaigners with 350.org are looking ahead to a year that will dramatically accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all.

350.org Strategy and Communications Director, Jamie Henn issued the following the statement:

“There’s one word that needs to define the year ahead: ambition. 2018 will be all about accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all. Movements will do our part by stopping new fossil fuel projects, ending dirty finance, and getting as many towns, cities, and regions as possible to commit to 100% renewable energy for all.

Learn more here 

Categories: International News

Norway proposes divesting its $1trillion wealth fund from oil and gas

November 17, 2017 - 7:43am

The managers of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund – run by the Norwegian central bank – have recommended divesting $35 billion in oil stocks. If approved by the Norwegian government, this would be the first time a large equity investor has left the fossil fuel industry altogether.

This massive fund controls about 1.5% of global stocks, and a move like this would send dramatic shockwaves through the fossil fuel industry, specifically oil giants Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and others. Europe has already seen a drop in oil stock prices.

“This is astonishing — as astonishing as the moment when the Rockefellers divested the world’s oldest oil fortune. This is the biggest pile of money on the planet, most of it derived from oil — but that hasn’t blinded its owners to the realities of the world we now inhabit.”

Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder

The bank sees this move as essential to future-proofing the fund as it becomes increasingly clear that fossil fuel assets will need to be kept in the ground to avert a climate crisis. As the global community invests more resources into clean, 100% renewable energy sources, investments in fossil fuels have become an increasingly short-sighted financial (not to mention immoral) decision.

Just this week at the COP23 talks held in Bonn, Germany, UN Chief Antonio Guterres warned that investments in fossil fuels means “an unsustainable future” and that time is running out to prevent calamitous climate change caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions.

“The fact that one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds of a country that has built its wealth on oil is looking at turning its back on coal, oil and gas companies is a major milestone for the divestment movement and yet another nail in the coffin of the coal, oil and gas industry. To stop climate catastrophe, fossil fuels need to stay in the ground. Investing in them is no longer financially sound, nor morally acceptable, and this proposal is a clear recognition of that.”

Nicolò Wojewoda, 350.org Europe Team Leader

To date, over 800 institutions representing more than $5.4 trillion in assets have committed to some level of divestment. If the Norwegian bank joins this worldwide movement, this incredible divestment would set a new benchmark for global progress towards a Fossil Free world.

A decision from the Norwegian government is expected next year.

Share this huge news and explore this site to get involved in pushing your own local and national institutions to commit to a Fossil Free world. 

Categories: International News

Brazil wins ‘Fossil of the Day’ at COP 23

November 16, 2017 - 10:30am

 

While Brazilian diplomats are in Bonn, Germany, defending the rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement, at home the government of Michel Temer tries to urgently approve a Provisional Measure that puts at risk its commitments. The proposal, which is on the agenda of the National Congress to be voted any time, grants tax incentives that may exceed the R$ 1 trillion (US$ 300 bi) for companies to explore oil and gas in the country. The measure was the reason Brazil won the “Fossil of the Day” this Wednesday (15) at COP 23.

The bill was edited for the purpose of stimulating the interest of companies in the blocks offered in the last pre-salt auctions. If it success, the government will be digging its own grave in the global climate scenario. According to estimates, all known pre-salt reserves can house about 80 billion barrels of oil. The burning of all this fuel can increase even more the placement of Brazil – which now occupies the seventh place – in the ranking of the biggest villains for the climate.

“The Brazilian government should be fulfilling the commitments made under the Paris Agreement, with a complete restructuring of the energy matrix, redirecting resources to renewable energy initiatives, but instead they continue to carry out fossil auctions and giving subsidies that strengthen the most polluting sector in the world: the fossil fuel industry. This measure will not only hurt public coffers, but also increase exponentially the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, which already grew by 9% last year. This irresponsibility must be denounced and the government unmasked internationally,” said Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira, director of 350.org Brazil and Latin America.

The countries’ current targets are still not enough to contain global warming. Even the fulfillment of all the commitments does not guarantee the maintenance of the terrestrial temperature below the 2oC. Precisely for this reason, world leaders should be thinking of increasing the ambition of their national goals, not the reverse. In the global climate battle, the oil reserves are a time bomb counting the minutes to explode.

In addition to leaving a gigantic gap in the public coffers, the Provisional Measure will make the mission of reducing emissions more difficult than it already is. “Brazil must expand its investments in renewable energy and keep oil and gas reserves on the ground. Only this radical change will bring the climate security that the world needs. It is not only matter of protecting the interests of the country, but of ensuring the future of populations, the environment and the climate of the entire planet. Continuing to follow the path that prioritizes the fossils, together with all other environmental setbacks in force, should yield to the Brazilian government the title of ‘fossil of the last years’ and not just today,” said Nicole Oliveira.

Delivered on a daily basis by the Climate Action Network (CAN) at the COP, the “award” denounces those countries that have contributed least to the progress of the negotiations, and further distancing themselves from meeting global warming targets. Countries like United States, Japan, Australia, Germany, France and Norway have already won the Fossil of the Day at this COP.

Help the Brazilians to send a message to the government: No more subsidies for oil and gas. Not a trillion, #Not1Cent!

SIGN THE PETITION

Categories: International News

Merkel at COP23 in Bonn – Our Statement

November 15, 2017 - 10:10am

Just now Angela Merkel spoke at the World Climate Summit COP23 in Bonn. She said that we still have to find out what role lignite should play in the German energy market. We have a very clear opinion. Coal, whether brown or hard coal, must remain in the ground and the phase-out has to start immediately.

Merkel also said that the energy transition in Germany is already so successful that we no longer need subsidies for renewable energies. What a farce. The expansion of renewable energies is increasingly stalling and, at the same time, huge subsidies continue to flow into coal and other fossil fuels.

Olivia Langhoff, 350.org Program Director comments:

“Angela Merkel is still failing to actually honour the Paris Agreement and take the required action to keep global warming below 1.5°C, which is crucial for the survival of Pacific Islands and the safety of people around the world. Germany needs to start shutting down its outdated and destructive coal mines and power plants now. The anti-coal movement and people around the world are taking the lead where the German government has failed. Together we will make sure we stop the destruction of our climate and that we keep fossil fuels in the ground and create an economy powered by renewable energy that puts people and planet before the profits of polluters.”

Categories: International News

deCOALonize.africa Gains Momentum

November 15, 2017 - 2:33am

The fight for a coal-free Africa is breaking into the public spotlight.

Momentum is building to deCOALonize.africa with three uplifting victories to share already:

Standard Bank sets the record straight on financing Lamu

South Africa’s Standard Bank has stated they will not fund the proposed Lamu coal-fired power plant in Kenya. This comes despite reports that they were a major project funder, as included in the bank’s annual report of 2015.

This is good news for the deCOALonize Kenya campaign and the Lamu people, who have been at the forefront of the contentious court battle against the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). If it were built and operated, there is little doubt that the Lamu coal plant would not only seriously affect the well-being of local communities, it would also become Kenya’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

This is particularly excellent news! The fact that a major African bank is unwilling to fund this deadly plant sends a strong anti-coal message amidst financiers increasing unease of funding coal globally. Join us in celebrating this win by sharing this news on your social media.

Ivory Coast enters the fight to deCOALonise Africa

West African activists mobilised and called for the halt of fossil fuel projects. In a press conference held on October 23, as part of deCOALonise.africa campaign, leaders of Young Volunteers for Environment and the local 350 group, advocated for the cancellation of the proposed coal project in the coastal town of San Pedro. You can read a blog post about it here.

If you are connected to an anti-coal campaign, send them this link here to ask them to join the decoalonise.africa platform.

Uganda: Art-meets-Music-meets-Climate-Activism event.

Finally, we’ve seen great social media coverage of an Art Disco event that took place in Kampala, Uganda. The event was a creative open space that allowed participants an opportunity to speak out against the power of coal corporations while calling for a prioritization of a 100% renewable energy solutions in Uganda and across the continent.

This has been an incredible start for the #deCOALonise campaign, and now we need to keep up the momentum.

Here are 5 things you can do to spread the word about the #deCOALonise campaign platform.

With your voice — and the voices of frontline communities who are fighting coal in Africa — we will be heard!

Categories: International News

Faith representatives meet Pacific Climate Warriors

November 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

Representatives from diverse faith groups gathered with Pacific Climate Warriors at the People’s Climate Summit to discuss how the principles of justice at the heart of many religions can guide us and provide hope in the face of climate change.

The Warriors reflected on Sunday’s powerful events – the symbolic rain during the sevusevu ceremony inviting the spirit and presence of ancestors, and the thousands of activists who entered the mine with Ende Gelände as a kind of resurrection, bringing life back into Germany’s bleak dead coal mines.

Lusia Taloafulu Feagaiga, a Pacific Climate Warrior and youth leader in the Methodist church of New Zealand, shared on the importance of engaging people of faith in order to build a climate movement in the Pacific, giving the example of the “Pray for Our Pacific” campaign.

 

People of different faiths from all over the world gathering @PCSBonn to discuss faith and its power in the climate movement pic.twitter.com/I6MpM6m2qD

— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) November 7, 2017

 

“What is hard for us to hear, is when the media refers to the impacts of climate change in the future, as if it was something that is not already a reality”, says Lusia. Nodding sadly, the other Warriors expressed their surprise that during their visit to Germany for the climate summit, they had been asked repeatedly to explain what climate change will mean for the Pacific. “We had this discussion ten years ago. Now the devastation is happening, we talk about what we can do”.

Religious leaders called on faith communities to take concrete action against the fossil fuel industry through divestment, as a way to “put the money where our mouth is.” Since the Church of Sweden became the first church group to divest from oil and coal in 2008, more than two hundred other religious institutions have followed.

“As religious leaders, we have a special way of dealing with issues of addiction – and oil is an addiction for our societies. So we can help.” said Imam Saffet Catovic, Co-founder of Green Muslims of New Jersey and GreenFaith Senior Advisor.

 

Speakers, left to right: Reverend Fletcher Harper, Imam Saffet Catovic, Rapha Breyer of BDKJ

 

Reverend Fletcher Harper of Green Faith shared advice on how to start the conversation on divestment with faith communities: “If you want to start a moral discussion, don’t say ‘let’s have a moral discussion’ – talk about money. That’s where values really come to play.”

He argued that church institutions have an opportunity to show leadership, as was the case on October 4, 2017, when 40 Catholic institutions across five continents committed to divest in the largest joint announcement to date. Daniela Finnamore from Global Catholic Climate Movement spoke about this recent win and encouraged German faith institutions to follow suit.

Yet, religious values can provide valuable guidance beyond questions of financial responsibility. “As people of faith, we need to think about how we can challenge the unjust system we have and create an entirely better one.” Participants discussed the question of direct action and civil disobedience, asking whether the urgency of climate change might require us to break the rules.

 

Nora Keske, a German activist and representative of the Liberation Theology Network, quoted German poet Bertolt Brecht: “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes our duty. Faith can guide us in this fight. It gives me hope.”

The session ended with a moment of silence called for by a Buddhist participant, to “reflect on what we have achieved together”. To foster the connection between the participants from all over the world, the Pacific Climate Warriors distributed Sei flowers, which represent the joyful and resilient spirits of Pacific Islanders.

Many people from faith institutions have joined the Pacific Climate Warriors in their call to end the fossil fuel era and sign the Declaration on Climate Change as part of the #HaveYourSei campaign. They delivered these demands to Pacific leaders at COP23 on Wednesday.

 

 

Categories: International News

Week 1: COP23 Roundup

November 11, 2017 - 12:58pm

For more coverage, see the Live Blog, Flickr Gallery, and 350 social media channels. You can get more context on the COP23 website.

 

Building Moral Urgency: “End Fossil Fuels Now”

Pacific leadership has proven key so far — the Warriors and people of the Pacific know decisive action on climate and away from fossil fuels is needed right now. To deliver this message, they’ve been around Bonn and the surrounding area to drive this home.

Watch and share this raw and touching video of the Warriors at the frontlines of extraction.

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

The Pacific Climate Warriors are on the edge of a giant coal mine in Germany. Hearts are heavy thinking of the destruction this coal can cause to the islands. #COP23 #HaveYourSei

Posted by 350 Pacific on Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sei Festival

On Friday November 3 at the People’s Climate Summit (November 3-7), the Warriors shared their cultures, stories and spirit at a “Sei Festival” to spotlight their resilience and what the world has to lose if we don’t take action now. You can see more on this blog.

Brianna and Lusia from Samoa/New Zealand

 

Sevusevu in Manheim and Ende Gelände

On Sunday morning, locals from around the vast lignite mine Hambach attended the Warriors’ sevusevu, a traditional Fijian ceremony. A few hours later at Ende Gëlande, thousands of European activists stormed the mine to spotlight the German government’s devastating permission of dirty coal — shutting down 3 excavators and displaying a traditional tapa with the Warriors’ message in the process

PR: "Pacific Climate Warriors” stand in solidarity as thousands shut down German coal mine https://t.co/GjPxqRbFEJ #endegelaende #FossilFree pic.twitter.com/rlcPcVvPmv

— 350 dot org (@350) November 5, 2017

You can share this powerful wrap-up video, which also features the Warriors and locals at the side of the mine displaying a huge ‘sei’, their symbol of fossil fuel resistance. The flower petals – spelling out “end fossil fuels now” – were made of tapa cloth from Tonga, painted by Pacific Islanders in Sydney, and with great care transported to Germany.

 

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Nov 5: End the Age of Fossil Fuels

Yesterday, on the eve of the UN Climate Talks, the Pacific Climate Warriors and activists from around the world used their bodies, their culture and their spirits to demand an end to the era of fossil fuels. Thank you 350 Pacific and Ende Gelände for your incredible work.

Posted by 350.org on Monday, November 6, 2017

 

 

“We the Pacific” – Have Your Sei Declaration Delivery

And on Wednesday 8th November, in a deeply moving combination of storytelling, song and dance, the Warriors delivered their Declaration on Climate Change – signed by over 23,000 people from countries around the world –  to Pacific Island leaders inside COP and members of island delegations including Former President of Kiribati Anote Tong.

Building Momentum for the Global Climate Movement

On Saturday November 4, 25,000 people turned up on the streets of Bonn, making it the largest climate march in Germany’s history. The Pacific Climate Warriors lead the front of the march.

25.000 people fighting for climate justice!

Categories: International News

#DivestNY to protect our communities and build a Fossil Free world.

November 10, 2017 - 5:06pm

 The day after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, communities across New York City launched the call for City Comptroller Scott Stringer to divest from fossil fuel companies knowingly causing these kinds of disasters. Five years later, Comptroller Stringer continues to oversee more than $3 billion invested in fossil fuel corporations like ExxonMobil.

photo credit – Rae Breaux

That’s why on the fifth anniversary of this storm, New Yorkers and allies came together for the Sandy5 march. With over 5000 people and 150 organizations, young people of color led the march in remembrance of the devastation from Sandy and recent hurricanes. Just one week before election day, we made powerful and urgent calls for New York’s elected officials – at all levels – to take swift and meaningful action on climate.

Photo credit: Rae Breaux

A week later at the powerful Pathway to Paris event at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Bill McKibben expressed the urgent need for New York to divest. It was in that iconic setting that an audience of over 3000 paused to directly write individual letters to Scott Stringer urging him to be a true climate leader and divest. To present this unignorable call from New Yorkers, organizers across the #DivestNY coalition are mailing over 850 letters to his office.

The momentum isn’t stopping now. On Wednesday, November 29, New York City’s Public Advocate Tish James will host a public hearing on climate change and the need for New York to take bold and immediate action. Even with dangerous regression from the Trump administration amidst devastating climate impacts, we will mark 2017 as well as a year of historic uprising. Join us for the rally and hearing November 29 to ensure the need to #DivestNY is front and center.

Photo credit: Instagram | Pathway 2 Paris

Everyone has a role to play. The #DivestNY coalition has grown to include organizations representing faith groups, businesses, students, union members, and more. Our work becomes infinitely stronger when we unite across our differences to fight for a shared vision of the world.

Across the US, communities are uniting to pass Fossil Free resolutions in our towns, cities, and states to build a powerful and ignorable upswell of urgency for fast and just climate action. By demanding a halt to all new fossil fuels — projects and investments — and commitments to 100% renewable energy for all, we will take back local power and build a movement on scale with the crisis. Let’s get to work to build a Fossil Free world that puts people and planet first.

Categories: International News

The Pacific Climate Warriors at the People’s Climate Summit

November 9, 2017 - 6:05am

Traditional practices and culture in the Pacific are already at risk from climate change. During a Sei* Festival of Pacific culture and arts, Pacific Climate Warriors from Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu showcased their culture and told stories of how climate change impacts their lives.

*The Sei is a flower worn behind the ear, and an important part of Pacific culture representing the joyful and resilient spirits of Pacific Islanders.

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Sei Festival

This video shows clips from our first event, our "Sei Festival", where we shared our cultures and our strong desire to fight for our islands.The Pacific Climate Warriors have been in Germany for COP23 for around a week now, and we're hoping we've left lasting impressions on people.

Posted by 350 Pacific on Thursday, November 9, 2017

 

The People’s Climate Summit in Bonn, which started last Friday and ended on Monday, is a vital space for all people to learn about the global causes and impacts of the climate crisis. It’s a place for people to connect, share personal stories and find new ways for the growing movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just,100% renewable economy that works for all.

Brianna Fruean, Climate Warrior from Samoa, knows why we need to come together as a transnational movement: “Climate change knows no bounds. It’s a crisis that is affecting and will continue to affect you, me and the places that we call home. If we don’t stand up in the face of climate change, who will?”

Pelenise Alofa from Kiribati opened the events. “This evening is not really about the vulnerability but the values of the people of the Pacific.” After sharing powerful and touching messages from home, she concludes: “Those are some of the messages from Kiribati…this evening we want you to understand that you cannot afford to lose the Pacific. We cannot.”

Litia Malikano Maiava from Tokelau, a small Pacific Island with a population of 1500, gave the audience something to cheer about: “Although we are the smallest island in the world, we are the first nation in the world to rely on 100% renewables.” People from Germany and many other countries in the world want to see this happen where they live. They want coal, oil and gas to be kept in the ground because they know the damage the fossil fuel industry does to our planet and our species.

“If we don’t do something about this, we, Tokelau will be the first nation to go under water. We don’t want that. That is why, I, a Tokelau Climate Warrior, am here to fight – to deliver my message to the world: The Pacific is here in Bonn because we are not drowning, we are fighting!”

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands performed a poem to share about her culture, her home and climate change. She framed it as a rare chance for people around the world, who often talk of climate change’s threat to the Marshall Islands, to actually hear direct voices of people living there.

Pacific Islanders don’t want to leave their homes. With rising sea levels and breaking ecosystems, the homes of the people in the Pacific islands are under threat right now.

Make no mistake. This threat is already coming our way in Germany and Europe. We see more frequent and stronger storms in the North Sea that threaten our islands there. We see more heat waves in our cities, and people dying from them. Farmers are struggling due to intense temperatures that affect their crops. Torrential rain floods our rivers, villages and cities.

The Warriors spoke with courage and determination, hope and optimism, sadness in the light of the loss and damage they have to face already, and resolve in continuing their path to fight the climate crisis. It is clearer than ever that we need to act together with the people of the Pacific and all people affected by climate change: We need to confront those who are responsible for the delay of the coal phaseout in Germany. We need to confront those who want to keep burning dirty fossil fuels around the world. We cannot afford to lose the Pacific Islands to climate change and we cannot afford the destruction of our home – our planet, our earth.

We, all, are not drowning – we, all, are fighting.

The German Fossil Free movement and the 350.org Europe team want to thank all Pacific Climate Warriors that were in Bonn during the Sei Festival. You brought us a message of courage and urgency, a message of resolve and collective power, a message of responsibility and hope. Thank you Brianna Fruean, Litia Maiava, Pelenise Alofa, Jacynta Fuamatu, Billy Cava, Lusia Tuaoi Feagaiga, Silivesiteli Loloa, Isso Nihmei, Juliana Pita, Fredrick Limai and Fenton Lutunatabua and Joseph Zane Zikulu who along with many others helped make the Sei Festival happen.

Categories: International News

France awarded “Fossil of the Day” at COP23

November 8, 2017 - 1:20pm

France’s award follows Nicolas Hulot’s statement that the objectives of reducing the part nuclear power plays in the French energy mix could not be met within the initially planned timeline.

Let’s recall the promises made by Emmanuel Macron, reiterated by Nicolas Hulot, during the presentation of his climate plan.

The snub is real for a President who seeks to embody the opposite of Donald Trump. A leader convinced of the need for action at the front of the fight against climate change, who directly called out the President of the United States after he announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. “Make the Planet Great Again” was Emmanuel Macron’s main response, via which he invited climate scientists from around the world to settle in Paris – in order to make France a driving force for climate action.

This award of course, also represents a setback for the minister of the ecological and solidarity transition, Nicolas Hulot, who has lost far too many disputes over the last few months, despite a clear willingness and many unpublished declarations, on the phase-out of fossil fuels as well as nuclear power.

It is also on the link between fossil fuels and nuclear power that is played the attribution of the fossil of the day to France: Nicolas Hulot justified his taking a step back (on the closure of nuclear reactors) because he couldn’t open the door to coal as a replacement (for nuclear). An refrain used everywhere, by all the ministers and leaders who give up showing ambition. But a refrain which sounds systematically wrong.

The energy transition is indeed a whole. Both the french energy agency ADEME’s and the think tank Negawatts’ reports have long since demonstrated that it is possible to switch to a 100% renewable energy mix by 2050 without additional costs.

Committing to phase-out from fossil fuels but not from nuclear power; or, conversely, that phase-out from nuclear energy but not fossil fuels, is only a sophisticated way of preparing a general rejection of the energy transition towards a 100% renewable energy mix.

Thus, Nicolas Hulot’s backwards step on nuclear makes the goal of achieving 32% renewable by 2023 out of date: indeed, we won’t achieve a 100% renewable energy mix if we do not give up fossil fuels as well the nuclear.

To give up on one (nuclear) to get out of others, does not work. On the contrary, the same day Nicolas Hulot announced the French retreat on nuclear, the Senate dismantled even further the “law Hulot”, whose initial ambition had been to put an end to the extraction of hydrocarbons throughout the French territory.

By giving up on one front, one ends up giving up on the other front. Abandoning one prepare the abandonment of the other.

The French delegates present in Bonn for COP23 will of course stress that everyone stay in their roles: governments and administrations with the difficult job of navigating between conflicting interests (the climate on one side, the fossil fuel and nuclear lobbies of the other); to civil society the (beautiful) role of never being happy.

However, we should change our approach. These setbacks, which are not symbolic, are all messages sent to the industry and investors: it’s time not to change anything. Business as usual: act as if nothing had happened in Paris during COP21. Drill, dig, burn, melt, split, build new plants, pipelines, cogeneration systems, etc.

The 12th of December summit, organized by Emmanuel Macron as an answer to Donald Trump, on finance and climate issues, is thus under dark auspices and is clearly appearing as a gigantic greenwashing machine, in order repaint in green nuclear power, while not offending the major players in the fossil industry.

There’s however only one way forward: not a penny more for the energies of the past. This is the meaning of the mobilizations that prepare the civil society, around the Macron summit on the 12th of December.

 

Categories: International News

Ferma i finanziamenti. Ferma il gasdotto.

November 7, 2017 - 1:02pm

Era una decisione inevitabile, ma questo non significa che non ci abbia lasciato esterrefatti: qualche settimana fa la Banca Europea per la Ricostruzione e lo Sviluppo (BERS) ha autorizzato un prestito di 500 milioni di dollari per finanziare TANAP, un gasdotto che fa parte del progetto per combustibili fossili più grande e più costoso d’Europa – il Corridoio Meridionale del Gas. È difficile accettare questo ennesimo investimento per la costruzione di una vera e propria bomba ai danni del clima, dopo che quest’anno sono già morte centinaia di persone in Europa a casa di fenomeni meteorologici estremi: gli incendi boschivi che hanno dilaniato il Portogallo, devastanti allagamenti ed episodi di siccità in Italia, e il primo caso di un uragano che minaccia di approdare in territorio europeo.

È importante tenere in considerazione che questa banca pubblica ha preso la decisione di spendere il denaro dei contribuenti per finanziare il progetto più grande e recente di energia sporca del continente solo due settimane prima che i governi di tutto il mondo si riuniscano, in Germania, per stabilire dei piani per implementare l’Accordo di Parigi – e questo suona come un insulto.

La banca ha rilasciato false dichiarazioni nelle quali afferma che il Corridoio Meridionale del Gas aumenterà la sicurezza energetica riducendo la dipendenza dell’Europa dal gas russo e contribuendo addirittura agli sforzi per ridurre le emissioni di anidride carbonica. Secondo la BERS, immettere 500 milioni di dollari in finanziamenti pubblici  in un nuovo enorme gasdotto, “contribuirà a garantire una gamma migliore di rifornimenti energetici per i consumatori nei Balcani e nel sud-est europeo, oltre a permettere riduzioni significative di emissioni di anidride carbonica grazie alla sostituzione di centrali energetiche a carbone ormai obsolete.” Questo però non corrisponde affatto alla verità: Sono già stati presi diversi accordi con compagnie russe perché distribuiscano il loro gas in Europa attraverso TANAP, e la BERS non ha condotto alcuna indagine sull’impatto climatico dell’opera.

Ma c’è dell’altro. Un’altra banca pubblica europea, la Banca Europea degli Investimenti (BEI), sta predisponendo un prestito analogo, da due miliardi di dollari, per finanziare un altro tratto dello stesso progetto: il Gasdotto Trans-Adriatico – nell’acronimo inglese, TAP.  Questo sarà il prestito più ingente che la banca abbia mai concesso, e ciò che si stanno proponendo di fare è finanziare ancora un’altra struttura per i combustibili fossili.  La prossima riunione nel corso della quale potrebbe essere presa questa decisione si terrà in contemporanea alla Conferenza di Bonn sui cambiamenti climatici, il 14 novembre.

Dato il crescente dissenso nei confronti del progetto, è molto probabile che la banca possa rinviare ulteriormente la decisione e seppellire l’annuncio tra le notizie del prossimo inverno. Come movimento è nostro dovere assicurare che qualunque decisione presa sia messa al centro del dibattito pubblico e, qualora il progetto dovesse venire approvato, dobbiamo sostenere la comunità sul territorio in modo da garantire che non venga mai ultimato. Sappiamo che quella di ostacolare i lavori è una strategia vincente. Ritardare la costruzione in ogni modo possibile è stato il modo in cui abbiamo contribuito a far accantonare il progetto dell’oleodotto East Energy.

“È fondamentale capire che le grandi compagnie hanno bisogno delle banche per finanziare i loro progetti per i combustibili fossili, ma le banche non hanno bisogno di quei progetti per generare profitto. Fermate i finanziamenti e fermate i gasdotti.”

Matt Remle (Dakota), Mazaska Talks

Sebbene continuiamo ad appellarci, con buona ragione, alle autorità europee perché smettano di finanziare progetti per i combustibili fossili, non possiamo affidarci solo a questo. Abbiamo bisogno di trovare modi innovativi di affrontare questi nuovi progetti di infrastrutture che permettano la partecipazione del maggior numero di persone possibile, indipendentemente dalla loro prossimità a questi progetti.

Le popolazioni indigene in Nord America hanno già indicato la strada con le manifestazioni Disinvestiamo il pianeta — tre giorni di eventi molto importanti che si sono concentrati sui finanziamenti forniti dalle singole banche ai più grandi progetti di combustibili fossili nel mondo.

Bank of America shut down in Seattle #MazaskaTalks #DivestTheGlobe pic.twitter.com/qcVW3HKaGp

— Matt Remle (@wakiyan7) October 23, 2017

Le banche private al dettaglio, a differenza della banche pubbliche, si possono trovare in ogni comunità. Sono esposte all’opinione pubblica e si preoccupano di mantenere una buona immagine in modo da attirare nuovi clienti. Sono aperte al pubblico e facilmente accessibili, e quindi rappresentano un punto debole strategico nell’apparato dell’industria e della finanza dei combustibili fossili.

Questo è il momento opportuno per organizzarci e prepararci a deviare i flussi finanziari verso i combustibili fossili su scala globale. Avremo bisogno di coordinarci. Avremo bisogno di attivarci in ogni comunità. Organizzarci attorno alle banche sarà probabilmente una componente importante di questa protesta. Siete pronti?

Tim (@carbontrouble)
#NoTAP #DefundTAP

 

Categories: International News

Amid the COP, Brazilian government wants more subsidies to the fossil industry

November 7, 2017 - 8:29am

 

The 23rd United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 23) began on Monday (06) in Bonn, Germany, with low expectations. The main objective of the meeting is to outline the guidelines to the regulation and implementation of the Paris Agreement. Two years have passed since the treaty and almost nothing has been done to honor the commitments made there. Or worse, national policies – like Brazil’s for the energy sector – have done the exact reverse: stimulated industries that instead of decreasing will exponentially increase greenhouse gas emissions.

While the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry sends its ambassadors to parade in the corridors and pose for COP 23 photos, the House of Representatives, by appointment of the Presidency of Michel Temer, prepares to vote a Provisional Measure that reduces the taxes to be paid by companies involved in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. According to studies from the Chamber of Deputies, considering only the pre-salt fields sold recently, the loss due to tax waiver would be in the order of 40 billion Reals per year, or 1 trillion Reals in 25 years. Only in 2018, the forecast of the breakdown in the public accounts due to the fiscal incentives – or the license to pollute the planet – is of 16.4 billion Reals.

In practice, the measure, which is on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies to be voted anytime, exempts the oil multinationals from various taxes on the exploitation of Brazilian natural resources. Companies can reduce the amount to be paid in their income tax and on the Social Contribution on Net Income. It significantly changes the taxation of the chain of goods production for the oil and gas industry and, if approved, it will start being applied on 2018.

“While important federal ministries are receiving severe budget cuts, such as the Ministry of Environment, which will start 2018 with 50% less resources, the government wants to subsidize and foster the world’s most polluting industry. Last year, Brazil’s emissions have already increased 9%, and this curve tends to grow even more with the current national energy policies. This irresponsibility needs to be denounced and the government must be unmasked internationally,” said Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira, director of 350.org Brazil and Latin America.

The prioritization of investments in fossil fuels, with a target of 70% of the resources for coal, oil and gas in the next decade (according to the Brazilian Decennial Energy Expansion Plan for 2026), and the resumption of the agenda for large auctions of oil and gas exploration, could worsen the position of the country – which now already occupies the seventh place – in the ranking of the world’s biggest polluters.

Published on August 17th, the Provisional Measure was issued to stimulate the participation of companies in the last two auctions of blocks of the pre-salt and post-salt layers, conducted on October 27th and September 27th by the Brazilian National Petroleum and Gas Agency. It is part of the government’s plan to strengthen the industry nationally and rise up the economy.

In the middle of the way, the COP

As negotiators in Bonn argue behind closed doors, time – and the climate – flies urgently. Populations in every corner of the globe experience the worst effects of climate inaction: severe droughts, floods, hurricanes and other extreme events that kill and leave thousands homeless, refugees, devastated. Just look at Vietnam, which is currently facing the damages of Typhoon Damrey, who has already left at least 27 dead people.

In fact this is not a COP with great expectations of concrete actions. But the success of the Paris Accord depends on it. What will be tested is the maintenance of the spirit of unity that allowed the treaty in 2015. And, of course, the ability of world leaders to do their homework and fulfill their commitments.

At this point, there is no other message the Brazilian civil society want to send to the government: No more subsidies for the oil and gas industry. Not a trillion, #Not1Cent!

SIGN THE PETITION

Categories: International News

It Begins! The U.S. People’s Delegation Takes on the Trump Administration at COP23

November 7, 2017 - 6:52am

In a show of force today, individuals from diverse organizations representing youth, advocates, Indigenous peoples & frontlines communities, policy makers and more announced their platform – “The U.S. People’s Delegation” to counter the Trump Administration’s fossil fuel agenda and to hold US states, cities, businesses, and the public accountable to commitments to climate action.

Among the demands that speakers called for were: 

  • A just and equitable transition to 100% renewable energy in all cities and states.
  • For U.S. elected officials to step up in meaningful ways  to ensure bold climate action in the face of the current Administration’s rollback on climate protections, the persistence of ongoing climate disasters, and the impact of existing inequalities and governmental negligence on frontline and vulnerable communities.
  • A halt to all new fossil fuel projects, with the understanding that the fossil fuel industry continues to perpetuate the climate crisis and sow climate denial, creating a bleak future for generations to come.   
  • A call for all nations to increase their ambition, not decrease it. The commitments countries put forward under the Paris Agreement were already too little, too late and would lead to at least 3.5 degrees of warming, not the 1.5° and 2° goals enshrined in the agreement. We can’t let the US be an excuse for other countries to dial back their action — especially since with cities and states doubling down, the US could be moving forward.
  • A demand  to stop negotiating cap-and-trade, carbon offsets,  carbon pricing, and other market schemes that avoid cutting pollution at the source.

Read the full press release from the opening press conference of the U.S. People’s Delegation HERE and check out public events from the People’s Delegation this week:

U.S. People’s Delegation Speak Out

When: Thursday, November 9th, 4pm -6pm

Where: U.S Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany

What: On Thursday, November 9th, community and grassroots leaders from the United States who make up the “U.S. People’s Delegation”, joined by activists from the Pacific Islands known as the Pacific Climate Warriors and Germany’s Ende Gelende activists, will participate in a speak out and share personal stories of how their communities are being impacted by unjust policies, governmental unaccountability, the fossil fuel industry, and ever-present climate disasters. Together, we will highlight the global resistance that is already underway and our urgency to stop the climate crisis. We invite the public to listen, learn, and connect with members of the U.S. People’s Delegation and our partners.

Speakers:

Varshini Prakash, SustainUS & Sunrise Movement (moderator)

Kiran Oommen, Our Children’s Trust youth plaintiff

Justin Marquez, Rhiannon Gallagher, Daisey Guadalupe Romero; ICLEI delegation

Michael Charles, Kyle Lemle, Troy Robertson; SustainUS delegation

Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network delegation

Liana Lopez & Katia Vasquez, Organizacíon Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico & Climate Justice Alliance

Milan̄ Loeak & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner; Pacific Climate Warriors

Kathrin Henneberger & Dorothee Häußermann; Ende Gelande

RSVP here

U.S. People’s Delegation Town Hall with Elected Officials

When: Saturday, November 11th, 4-6pm

Where: Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany

What: Despite the U.S. federal government’s move away from implementation of the goals in the Paris Agreement, U.S. cities, counties, and states have vowed that “We are Still In”. The U.S. People’s Delegation Town Hall will provide a venue for local elected officials — mayors, council members, and governors — to come together with citizen activists and voters to discuss the road to true climate action and to discuss a vision for what localized implementation should look like in the United States. This event will be in town hall format and citizen activists, policy makers, and delegate members of the U.S. People’s Delegation will ask questions of elected officials.

CONFIRMED ELECTED OFFICIALS:

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Council Member Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica, CA

Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA

Brigid Shea, Commissioner Travis County, TX

Mayor Lionel Johnson, Jr., St Gabriel, LA

Dan Zarelli, Chief Resilience Officer, State of NY

Rep. Josh S. Cutler, Sixth Plymouth District of Massachusetts

RSVP Here

###

The organizations represented in the People’s Delegation include:  SustainUS, Sunrise Movement, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance as part of It Takes Roots, U.S Human Rights Network, Climate Generation, Our Children’s Trust, NextGen America, and 350.org.

Categories: International News

Fossil fuel billionaires blocked renewable energy in my home state of Ohio. Here’s how we fight back.

November 6, 2017 - 3:36pm

By Katie McChesney, Fossil Free US Campaign Manager, native Ohioan. 

 

As a young college graduate in 2010, wide-eyed and excited about politics, I quickly realized that the fight to stop climate change would be the fight of my life — because it meant the fight for life on our only planet. Young people are a generational frontline to the climate crisis, and in Ohio, where I grew up and went to college, the fossil fuel industry runs rampant.

Last week, the latest investigative report from InsideClimate News revealed that as far back as the 1980s, Ohio was at the forefront of researching and implementing renewable energy across the state. That is, until Koch enterprises, through ALEC and climate-denying front groups, paid-off politicians to reverse their stance on the possibility and power of renewable energy, and to support industry lies and misleading reports. As much as it angered me to read this encompassed in one report, I was not shocked.

Katie McChesney, far right, as a Beyond Coal campaigner

Beginning in 2007, I spent 6 years campaigning against the very coal plants that gave me adult onset asthma, joining with Ohioans across the state to block the encroaching fracking industry. I experienced firsthand the corruption of being shut out of public meetings, and stall tactics orchestrated by fossil fuel elites who profit off the exploitation of our climate and communities.

For years, fossil fuel executives and the politicians they employ have used their go-to strategy of “delay and deceit” to block and unravel renewable energy legislation in Ohio. The reality is, as shown through study after study, is that renewable energy can power our economy at a cheaper rate than coal, oil and gas, and can put steelworkers in a collapsed automotive industry back to work in factories across the rust belt. Stories like these are not uncommon.

 

In 2015, groundbreaking reports from InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times revealed fossil fuel corporations like Exxon knew about climate change as far back as the 1970s. But instead of heeding the warnings of their scientists and telling the truth, company executives chose to spend the last 50 years sowing doubt and misinformation about climate change. Now, with Exxon’s own Rex Tillerson is representing the US federal government on the global stage, the stakes are even higher.  

2017 has seen unlivable temperatures, closely following the temperature records broken in 2016, and 2015 before that, and 2014 before that…

Hurricanes devastated the entire Gulf Coast. Millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to clean water and electricity following the last category four storm. Last week, thousands marched through the streets of New York City to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and urge elected officials to heed the demands of the people they represent.

These reports prove exactly who is responsible for this destruction, and who must pay the costs of the recovery and transition: fossil fuel executives and their bought-and-paid-for political allies.

InsideClimate News Investigative Report

Against the will and wealth of the industry, the urgency to act is now. That’s why we are coming together around dinner tables, in churches, and at town halls to demand a just and equitable transition to a Fossil Free world by immediately halting all new fossil fuel projects and committing to 100% renewable energy that works for all.

The battle with fossil fuel billionaires is not isolated to my home state of Ohio. Across the country, fossil fuel elites, like Exxon and the Koch brothers, are pouring resources into attempts  to keep delaying climate action, all with the goal of lining their own pockets even at the expense of the health and safety of people across America. These regressive policies are holding us back from investing in creating millions of jobs that will Americans to work. It’s up to all of us to make sure that we stop propping up this archaic and destructive industry.

City by city, state by state we are joining forces to stop this deceit and denial, halt new fossil fuel projects, and transition to 100% renewable energy for all. Building off the power of the fossil fuel divestment movement and the incredible groundwork of groups like Sierra Club, we are joining forces to build a safer and more stable Fossil Free world.

Starting next week, thousands of people across the U.S. are hosting and joining house parties to get to work to build the world we need. Together, we will take back power and bring hundreds of thousands of new people into the fight for climate justice. Sign up here and let’s get to work the fight for a Fossil Free world.

Categories: International News

Pacific Climate Warriors stand in solidarity as thousands shut down German coal mine

November 5, 2017 - 4:01pm

“Germany’s lignite mines are among the biggest coal mines in the world. If we don’t shut them down, we have no chance as Pacific Islanders. We’re here to protect our land, our culture and our identities as Pacific people,” said Zane Sikulu, Climate Warrior from Tonga.

Representing various grassroots, frontline and indigenous communities from across the Pacific, the Pacific Climate Warriors held a traditional ceremony in the deserted village of Manheim near the mine today on the eve of the COP23 UN climate talks.

“The tapa came from Tonga. It was painted by Pacific Islanders in Australia. And with great care love we brought it to Germany. These sei petals carry with them the love of our communities and are also a symbol of our resistance to the fossil fuel industry. In the face of an ugly coal mine, we opened this massive flower to spread our spirit.”

-350 Pacific

 

“Today, people from the Pacific, Germany and all over the world have come together as an internationally united climate justice movement to demand the end of fossil fuels now. In the Pacific we feel the impacts of climate change already and eventually it’s going to affect everyone on this planet. We’re all different people but it’s one struggle,” 

Brianna Fruean, Climate Warrior from Samoa.

The Pacific Climate Warriors demand an end to the age of fossil fuels overall and an immediate transition to renewable energy that is just and fair.  Support them by signing their Declaration which they will deliver to COP23 in Bonn this week.


The Rhineland coalfields are Europe’s biggest source of CO2 and a mere 50 km from Bonn, where the UN Climate Talks presided over by Fiji are set to begin tomorrow.  Today over 4500 people joined actions organised by Ende Gelände to block operations in one of the giant open-pit coal mines. 

It’s happening! 1000s of people standing up for a #FossilFree world and to #endcoal in Germany on eve of #COP23 pic.twitter.com/Vqn1ad1CUm

— 350 dot org (@350) November 5, 2017

And people everywhere are getting on with the job of creating a world free from fossil fuels and powered by 100% renewable energy for all. In one, powerful example, the people of Munich today voted to rid the city of its coal plants and go Fossil Free.

Cities on their way to #FossilFree on the eve of #COP23. 1000s stood in solidarity today with those impacted by climate crisis! #HaveYourSei https://t.co/ygNxScPNIg

— Fossil Free (@GoFossilFree) November 5, 2017

The Pacific Climate Warriors will be in Bonn throughout the climate talks and around the world thousands of people are pledging to stand with them to help build a Fossil Free world. Stand with them and sign the Fossil Free pledge. 

Categories: International News

Thousands march in Bonn calling for an end to coal now

November 5, 2017 - 12:16pm

Pacific Climate Warriors leading the climate march in Bonn. November 4, 2017. Photo credit: Hoda Baraka, 350.org

 

The march was joined by thousands of bikers who came from Cologne. November 4, 2017. Photo credit: Hoda Baraka

 

The march brought together tens of thousands, including younger generations. November 4, 2017. Photo credit: Hoda Baraka

 

Climate justice means an end to coal. November 4, 2017 Photo credit: Hoda Baraka

 

COP23 is our moment to shine a light on the growing global leadership already underway and remind world leaders what we expect of them: keeping all fossil fuels in the ground. November 4, 2017. Photo credit: Hoda Baraka

 

At COP23 civil society will remind politicians that they must prioritise their people over the polluters. November 4, 2017. Photo credit: Hoda Baraka

Categories: International News

Pages