The one thing that could save the Rio Earth Summit. 350org
Time is running out at the Rio Earth Summit.
With just two days left, the “landmark conference” could end with just a set of empty promises — and no meaningful progress on climate. But Brazil’s President Dilma could help save the talks by putting the global demand to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies front and center. Let’s make our message impossible to ignore.
We know we’ve been asking a lot of you lately, but a proposal to end fossil fuel subsidies is hanging in the balance here at the Rio Earth Summit — and your voice could make a big impact in the next 48 hours.
Together, with our massive “Twitterstorm” and the more than a million petition signatures, we’ve built massive public support for ending fossil fuel subsidies. It’s a no-brainer policy that could shift $1 trillion in fossil fuel subsidies towards climate solutions. But world leaders have failed to deliver — the Rio declaration now only contains vague and empty language on subsidies, not the clear commitment we need.
As the host of the summit, Brazil’s President Dilma Rouseff has the power to reopen discussions and demand concrete steps to end fossil fuel subsidies. Dilma is currently on the fence, but that with enough public pressure she could emerge as a climate champion.
Please add your voice to the petition urging Dilma to save the Rio Earth Summit — our team at 350.org will do a dramatic petition delivery here in Rio: www.350.org/dilma
Make no mistake: momentum to end fossil fuel subsidies is building. People everywhere are rallying around the simple idea that it’s time for our public money to help the people, not the polluters — the $1 trillion that governments spend on polluter handouts can be better spent on clean energy and sustainable development.
A commitment here in Rio would be an important step forward for this movement — and right now, it’s up to Dilma to get it done. Let’s help show her she has the support of people everywhere: www.350.org/dilma
Paula, Juliana, Juan, Jamie and the 350.org Brazil Team
P.S. Monday’s TwitterStorm to #EndFossilFuelSubsidies was incredible — and it really made a difference here at the Rio Earth Summit. Click here to check out the storm’s highlights: www.endfossilfuelsubsidies.org/twitterstorm/story
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