Power to the People’s Climate Movement

By Bianca Alexander

To Change Everything – We Need Everyone

From a landmark deal between the world’s two biggest carbon emitters, to Pope Francis’ urgent message about our moral obligation to care for the planet, it’s official: Climate change is no longer a fringe movement just for treehuggers. In fact, the movement to fight climate change has gained serious momentum and broadened in a way that includes communities, stakeholders and concerned citizens across the world.

According to the organizers of the People’s Climate Movement, taking place in local communities across the world on October 14, climate change is everyone’s problem, and to change everything, we need everyone. Just over a year ago, 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York City in the People’s Climate March, spurring a year of milestones in the fight against climate change.

That’s why on October 14th, the People’s Climate Movement is engaging grassroots communities around the world to take bold action on climate, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. By bringing together diverse constituencies, communities, and local leaders who are collectively voicing their demand for climate action to leaders in government and industry, the movement is succeeding in moving the needle towards a more sustainable planet.

The movement comes at a critical time. We must persuade world leaders and US representatives taking part in the UN climate meeting in Paris this December to produce strong, binding agreements to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

These annual climate negotiations have been happening for the past 20 years, but this year is the first in which each of the 195 countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have agreed to submit an outline of the climate action they intend to take, starting in 2020.

This is a big deal.

For the first time, countries are independently committing to act on climate in measurable ways, while simultaneously helping to determine the scope of international action through local climate commitments – a testament to the hard work of local climate activists around the world and the power of local and global collaborative efforts.   

“These actions across the country send a clear signal to the world leaders meeting in Paris that the time is now to act and act boldly to reduce carbon emissions and to make serious, binding commitments to fight climate change,” said Paul Getsos, National Coordinator of the People’s Climate Movement.

The movement for climate action is growing and getting stronger every day. Workers, farmers, parents, youth leaders, business owners, interfaith leaders, indigenous communities, immigrants’ rights advocates, social justice groups and environmental activists all understand that this fight is their fight.

Now it’s time to make it yours.

To change everything, we need everyone. Join the movement on 10.14 in your local community by clicking here, or share your voice on social media using hashtag #peoplesclimate and @ConsciousTV. Sample tweet: “To change everything, we need everyone, everyone. Join the #peoplesclimate movement and work to build your future http://bit.ly/WLppk8.”



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