The Road Through Paris
8:04 PM (1 hour ago)
2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, and this December hundreds of world governments will meet in Paris to try to strike a global climate agreement. It will be the biggest gathering of its kind since 2009, and it’s potentially a big deal for our global movement.
In Paris, governments are supposed to agree on a shared target for climate action, based on the national plans governments have been putting together all year. But the numbers just aren’t adding up and the Australian Government isn’t helping. Everything being discussed will allow too many communities that have polluted the least to be devastated by floods, rising sea levels and other climate-fuelled disasters.
Already communities around Australia are standing up to demonstrate the leadership that is needed to turn fossil fuels off and renewable energy on. From indigenous people standing up to mining companies, to farmers fighting coal and gas, individuals shifting their money out of fossil fuels and everyone sharing these stories online and in the media.
Over the next few months, our movement will come together in a series of powerful actions to send a signal to our Government that where they fail, we step up.
The solutions are obvious: we need to stop digging up and burning coal and gas, start building more solar and wind, and make sure communities on the front lines of climate change have the resources they need to respond to the crisis.
The time for feeling powerless in the face of climate chaos is over. No matter what happens in the negotiating halls in Paris, we must build power to hold our governments accountable to the principles of justice and science. Will you join us?
After many months of consultation with groups and organisations across Australia, here is the plan for what we are calling “The Road Through Paris”: a plan to grow the movement and hold world leaders accountable to the action we need.
First, in October and November there will be film screenings and workshops in communities across the country to discuss how we can each get involved in building the power of our movement through Paris and beyond.
Then, from November 27-29, on the eve of the Paris negotiations, hundreds of thousands of people will turn out around the country for the most diverse climate march Australia has ever held.
Following the marches, hundreds of us will unite for an iconic and powerful action that will move even the staunchest fossil-fuel-loving politicians.
But most importantly, we won’t stop with Paris. I want you to mark your calendars for the month of April in 2016. That’s when we will mobilize as part of a global wave of action unlike any we’ve seen before. Not one big march in one city, not a scattering of local actions — but rather a wave of historic national and global mobilizations targeting the fossil fuel projects that must be kept in the ground, and backing the energy solutions that will take their place.
This is one of the most ambitious plans we’ve been involved in but ambition is what is called for, along with courage, faith in each other and the readiness to respond when disaster strikes, plans change, or politicians fail to lead.
We are nearer than ever to the changes we’ve been fighting to see. I hope to stand with you in the coming months to see them through.
Blair Palese, CEO – 350.org Australia
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