In three months, the Paris Climate Summit will be wrapping up, and we’ll know whether world governments have done their job — or failed to deliver the ambitious global climate treaty we so urgently need.
We don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but we know what our response needs to be. As the summit wraps up in Paris, the climate movement is already planning to have the last word.
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 a big moment for the global climate movement.
So far, however, commitments from world governments just aren’t adding up. This has the makings of a global failure of ambition — and at a moment when renewable energy is becoming a revolutionary economic force that could power a just transition away from fossil fuels.
On the other hand, this could be a turning point — a shift in power away from the industries causing the climate crisis and toward people fighting for climate justice. But only if we push for it.
We can’t afford to wait politely for world governments to act. We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.
The action in Paris isn’t the only thing we’ve got planned for the next few months, though. In October, we’re going to be kickstarting our organising work with “Power through Paris” distributed workshops (You can sign up to host one here). Naomi Klein’s new film, This Changes Everything, will also be opening at an independent screening near you. (More on that soon!) Then, on November 29th, at the beginning of the Paris Summit, hundreds of thousands of people across the world will be taking to the streets to set out our collective calls for climate justice — our people’s demands
And into 2016, we will combine forces in a global wave of historic national and continent-wide mobilizations targeting fossil fuel projects, and backing the energy solutions that will take their place. This will be the year the movement comes together to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
December 12th won’t be a one-off. It will be a springboard. And if we get it right, it could catapult the global movement for climate action, divestment, and a fossil free future, toward a groundbreaking 2016 — with more momentum, more hope, and more collective power than ever before.