November 3, 2016 on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement

Payal Parekh, Programme Director, issued the following statement on the occasion of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (adopted in 2015) entering into force on November 4:

“The only way for the Paris climate agreement to represent a turning point in the fight against climate change is by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate the shift of finance to build a renewable energy system that works for people and the planet. Under the Paris Agreement, all nations have agreed to combat climate change and to unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future that will keep a global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius with the accepted international aim of working to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Those goals require halting new fossil fuel development now. Around the world, there is a powerful and growing fossil fuel resistance movement that is pushing our institutions and governments to divest and break free from fossil fuels to prioritize people and the planet. We will continue building a people’s climate movement to put an end to the stranglehold of the fossil fuel industry and to reclaim power over our future.”


  1. petition: Freeze New Fossil Fuel Development
  2. “The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production,” Oil Change International: