“Climate change used to feel like an issue that other people were dealing with, or that future generations would face,” tweeted the New York Times. But this summer, it’s different. There is a shift. We are witnessing global warming in real time. Everything we value is at risk: our children’s and grandchildren’s future, ecosystems, the oceans, the air we breathe. And because everything we love is at stake, it’s time to Rise for Climate Action.
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No one is coming to save us – not governments, politicians, world leaders, religion, the Paris Agreement, the United Nations. We the people of this world must shoulder the responsibility of saving our planet. The first and most pressing step is to transition from fossil fuel energy to a low-carbon future. The transition to clean energy will bend the curve on rapidly escalating GHGs (greenhouse gases), giving us a fighting chance to tame climate change.
Rise for Climate Action
Note: the following is extracted from the riseforclimate.org website.
On September 8, people on every continent will come together to Rise for Climate Action. We will rise together in our neighbourhoods to take action, telling the story of the communities we want, and showing governments how to follow our lead. We’ll connect all our local efforts globally to help make an unstoppable wave of people’s climate leadership – from our town halls, to our schools, and places of worship.
No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.
We Are at a Tipping Point
2020 is a threshold for meeting global targets to tackle the climate crisis. We are fast running out of time to act, but meaningful action from national governments has been slow at best.
With climate impacts escalating, we don’t have the luxury to wait to see what bureaucratic negotiations have to offer. We need our local leaders to step up and do everything they can right now to stop the fossil fuel industry and build 100% renewable energy for all.
We believe that the Global Climate Action Summit, being held in California on 12-14 September 2018, presents a unique opportunity to pressure local governments and institutions to raise their ambition and do more for climate action. Every city and local leader has been invited to make a commitment around the summit.
We think this is an opportunity to set a new bar for climate leadership, drive ambition and close the gap between what justice and science clearly tells us,,and the achingly slow action by our national governments.
Our actions won’t stop with this mobilisation, we will keep the pressure on our local, state and national leaders to turn words into deeds for a fossil free world.
Every local leader has the power, and a moral obligation to do everything they can to stop the fossil fuel industry and build 100% renewable energy for all.
The bar for real climate leadership is simple: public, actionable commitments to a fast and fair transition to a fossil free world, powered by 100% renewable energy for all.
We can’t keep powering our lives with dirty fuels from the last century. It’s time to repower our communities with clean, renewable energy from the sun, earth, wind and water.
We need every local government and institution to commit to building 100% renewable energy and stopping new dirty energy projects in their community. Anything less than that is out of line with what science and justice demand.
We’re not running out of time. We are out of time. Join the #RiseForClimate global day of action this Sept 8 and boldly stand to demand real climate leadership.
There is a simple measure for real climate leadership: no new fossil fuel projects and a fast, just transition to 100% renewable energy.
We must rise to the level of action this crisis demands.