Photo Credit: Hanoi, Vietnam by Bo via 350.org
“Endless thanks for all who made #movingplanet so…moving. I dare you to look at the photos with a dry eye.” -Bill McKibben via twitter
Friends, don’t ever be fooled into thinking nothing’s happening. There are protests and demonstrations, not just on Wall Street, but all over the world and on the environmental front too. These demonstrations are held locally, this means no one has to hop in a car and go to Washington D.C. to protest, you do this in your neighborhood, hop on the internet, then share your images and experience with others.
On Saturday, September 24 writer Bill McKibben’s 350.org in partnership with hundreds of organizations around the world held over 2,000 events in over 175 countries for Moving Planet and they’ve got pics of children all over the world to prove it! Even though the photos here are just of children this day was for everyone.
These children participated locally from El Salvador, Kutaisi, Georgia, Seatlle, WA, Cairo, Egypt, South Africa and more. You can see the rest of 350.org’s pick via Flickr.
Moving Planet is day of action — a global day of citizen action to move beyond fossil fuels. Their demands differ from one country to the next, of course, because the steps we need to take depend on how much fossil fuel we already use but here’s the outline:
1. Science-based policies to get us back to 350ppm
We can’t negotiate with chemistry and physics–that’s why we know we have to make sure that climate politics is in line with climate science. We must push for a UN climate regime that lays out the path for a socially just pathway below 350ppm. We must reach peak global emissions as quickly as (humanly) possible.
2. A rapid, just transition to zero carbon emissions.
We know that the only way to avert climate catastrophe is an emergency mobilization to cut emissions to zero as soon as possible. That’s why we’re encouraging organizing efforts everywhere to support programs that aim for:
- 100% renewable energy
- Zero carbon emissions
- Leaving fossil fuels in the ground
3. A mobilization of funding for a fair transition to a 350ppm world.
Climate change is a moral crisis, and we know that one of the most important ways to address the issue is for the richest among us to help the poorest among us to deal with the burdens of climate change. We must support policies and programs that ensure financing for a fair transition, such as:
Adaptation funding appropriate to the risks and damage already happening from climate impacts
Funding for access to clean, renewable energy to lift people out of poverty
The wealthy (people and countries) should do their fair share to fund a fair transition to 350ppm
4. Lifting the rights of people over the rights of polluters.
Lifting the rights of people and nature over the rights of polluters. The climate crisis is a human rights crisis. We must support policies and programs that lift up the rights of people over the rights of polluters, such as:
- Reducing corporate power’s unfair influence on our leaders
- Stopping dirty energy projects
- Getting dirty money out of elections
- Supporting the rights of indigenous peoples
- Protecting human health
A lot of this seems pretty basic and reasonable. Do you think you could get behind these demands? What else would you have demanded?