Image: Climate First!'s "bank walk", Silver Spring, MD; July 16, 2021.
On Friday, October 29, 2021, young people are rising-up across the world to demand an immediate end to the funding of fossil fuel expansion. In solidarity with the young people, Climate First! will be joining an action in the Washington, D.C. area.
WHAT: We'll join an action that will demand the end of funding fossil fuel expansion.
WHEN: Friday, October 29, 2021; exact time of event to be determined.
WHERE: Meeting place to be determined.
WHO: Climate First! is organizing this event, or will be supporting a youth group that is organizing the action.
MISC.: We ask that all participants in this event wear masks, & abide by CDC pandemic guidelines. Also, we request that only people that have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 attend the actions. Please note that we will not be engaging in civil disobedience during these events. Bring a sign or two if you can. Also, bring water & snacks, and dress for the weather. Can't stay the whole time? Just come for as long as you can. PLEASE RSVP BELOW.
Q's? Contact us at [email protected]
This year's United Nations climate summit--the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties or "COP26"--will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1 to 12. Up to 200 world leaders will discuss how to address the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many think that COP26 is the most critical climate summit since COP21 in 2015, when nearly every world leader signed the ground-breaking Paris Climate Accord. The world's nations agreed in Paris to hold global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees C, and "to pursue efforts" to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.
This year's COP takes place six years after the Paris agreement, and is the first opportunity since then for countries to upgrade their pledges on tackling climate change at an international gathering. Critically, the U.N.’s climate science body--the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)--published in 2018 a special report which concluded that the "safe" level of warming was no longer 2 degrees C, but was 1.5 degrees C. In view of the revised target of 1.5 C, it seems irrefutable that countries at COP 26 must revise their GHG emission reduction plans to reflect the new science, and move to net zero emissions as fast as possible. Ultimately, of course, countries must stop all GHG emissions in the not-too-distant future.
Climate First! and many other climate groups around the world will be organizing events in the weeks before the start of COP26 in an effort to move government and corporate leaders to dramatic action to save the climate.
The global 24 hours of giving, GivingTuesday is coming on November, 30, 2021. Please consider donating to Climate First!: https://www.climatefirst.us/donate.
Image: One of Climate First!'s "bank walks" in Silver
Spring, MD; July 16, 2021.