BONN, GERMANY — As the attention of the climate community turns to the start of the UN Climate Talks (COP 23) under the presidency of Fiji, 350.org is in Bonn to remind governments that people’s lives, livelihoods, homes, and futures are on the line, and to amplify the voices of communities around the world striving for climate justice. This is the first time that a Pacific Island nation holds the presidency of the COP, and a historic moment in the climate justice movement, as voices from the Climate Vulnerable Forum are put front and centre.
350.org will be in Bonn to push world leaders to end the era of fossil fuels and build a just, renewable future for all. The change we need is already being delivered by local communities all over the world, by countless people who are doing what it takes to build a brighter future free from fossil fuels. The world is at a turning point, the climate crisis is no longer a future threat: it’s a clear and present danger. If governments are serious about their commitments to the Paris Agreement, they must keep fossil fuels in the ground and rapidly transition to renewable energy.
While we can connect you with on-ground campaigns in other regions of the world, we are here in Bonn with powerful representation from three communities that are living the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground: the Pacific Climate Warriors, the U.S. People’s Delegation, and German activists Ende Gelände. (More details on these climate leaders below)
350.org Global Spokespersons
- Jamie Henn: Strategic Communications Director, 350.org and 350 Action
+1 415-890-3350 [email protected]
- Hoda Baraka: Global Communications Director, 350.org
+2-01001-840990 [email protected]
Climate Leadership at the COP
Pacific Climate Warriors: With Fiji having Presidency of the UN Climate Conference (COP 23), the Pacific Climate Warriors representing 12 Pacific Island nations will be in Bonn throughout the COP, to put forward the demands they set out in the Pacific Climate Warriors Declaration on Climate Change. They demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and an immediate transition to renewable energy that is just and fair, to give Pacific Islands a fighting chance for survival. The Pacific Climate Warriors represent various grassroots, frontline and indigenous communities from across the Pacific, rallying to the call:
‘We are not drowning, we’re fighting!’
Melanie Mattauch, 350.org Communications Coordinator [email protected], +49 151 5812 0184.
|In the Pacific:
Neisau Tuidraki Communications Consultant [email protected]
The U.S. People’s Delegation: Made up of a coalition of organizations, the Delegation showcases the strength of U.S-based communities and everyday Americans, and is creating a platform at COP23, to show what climate leadership can, and should, look like. It brings together frontline communities, indigenous communities, communities of color, youth, advocates, and policymakers who are pushing for climate action on the city and state level despite the U.S withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and recent rollbacks on climate protections. Media pack – The People’s Delegation
CONTACT: Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350.org US Communications Manager,
+1 413 687 5160 [email protected]
Ende Gelände: A broad alliance of people from the anti-nuclear and anti-coal movements, the Rhineland and Lausitz climate camps, and the Hambacher Forest anti-coal campaign. Ende Gelände activists come from grassroots climate action groups, large environmental organisations, left political groups and many other campaigns, groups and networks. They are united in the belief that to stop climate change we need to take action ourselves, using civil disobedience as a powerful signal to put our climate before profit. Media pack – Ende Gelände
CONTACT: Melanie Mattauch, 350.org Europe Communications Coordinator, [email protected] +49 151 5812 0184