Show the world …
Despite all the turmoil, this weekend brought a show global unity, as people around the planet showed their support for reaching a climate agreement in Paris in the next few weeks. Thousands took to the streets, from Sydney to San Francisco, in hopes that world leaders will find the will and common ground to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avert disastrous climate change. People get it, and organizers of the worldwide rally said the marches show that now is the time to act. Here’s some info on the #climatemarch in Denver.
“After the attacks in Paris, in Beirut, Bamako and so many other places, the hope must be that the world will come together at the UN climate talks and express its belief in our shared humanity. Before every climate summit it is our great desire that nations work together in a spirit of human cooperation, and Paris is no different … Real meaningful action on climate change would make our world a safer place,” said Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International.
“Addressing climate change, and ending poverty and inequalities are two sides of the same coin. We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns. If leaders want to fully implement the newly adopted Global Goals, tackling inequality and ending poverty within a generation, they will need to fairly transition their economies from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy,” said Rachit Sharma, India Coordinator, Action/2015.
“Unprecedented numbers of people are coming on to the streets because they know that we have solution to this crisis – we’ve kickstarted the move away from fossil fuels in cities, communities and businesses around the world. Now it’s time for leaders at the Paris Climate Summit to agree to speed up the fair, funded transition to 100% renewable energy for all,” said Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network International.