Beyond Paris, Climate Movement Plans Global Swarm for Future of Humanity
As the United Nations climate talks in Paris near their end, global activists on Thursday said people power needs to step in where governments are failing while announcing plans for upcoming mass mobilizations that aim to “keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy.”
Acts of civil disobedience scheduled for May 2016, slated to occur in at least a dozen countries across the globe from the U.S. to Nigeria to Australia, are necessary, the organizers write on the breakfree2016.org website. “Our actions must reflect the scale and urgency of this crisis in a way that governments can no longer ignore.”
Among the groups organizing the Break Free from Fossil Fuels mobilization are 350.org, Attac, Greenpeace International, and the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.
From their statement:
Among those speaking at a press conference announcing the Break Free actions were Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, environmental justice activist Nnimmo Bassey, and 350.org’s Payal Parekh. Some of their remarks were highlighted on Twitter:
Climate activists are also gearing up for a mobilization on Saturday in Paris—in defiance of a protest ban—at the end of the climate talks.
“Negotiators are avoiding making the real commitments that are required to meet their stated goals of keeping warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius,” organizers write. “On December 12, we will honor the victims of climate change with beautiful things to see and build, and make plans with the global movement that has gathered in Paris for the coming years. We will lay down red lines of climate safety that must not be crossed, and collectively pledge to act so that they are not.”
“This will be our demonstration of hope, power and strength that we will hold as we bring the fight back to the fossil fuel industry in 2016,” the statement continues.
Author and activist Naomi Klein spoke Monday in Paris of the need for the Dec. 12 action, and said that people must recognize the urgency of climate crisis and must also say “yes to the world we want.”
“We have run out of time. This is our historical moment.
“Let us not disappoint. The stakes are simply too high.
“Now is not the time for small steps.
“Now is the time for boldness,” Klein said.
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