For Immediate Release
jamie [at] 350.org
350.org Responds to US Climate Offer
WASHINGTON - 350.org Strategy and Communications Director, Jamie Henn, issued the following statement in response to the release of the Obama administration’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UN Climate Talks.
“This is a big commitment for the United States, but on its own the current offer clearly isn’t enough to keep global warming below 2°C. The only way meet that target is to keep fossil fuels in the ground–starting with a rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama can’t claim to be serious about reducing emissions if he’s also opening up major new fossil fuel development.
The administration must also find more ways to move money away from the problem and into solutions. That includes cutting fossil fuel subsidies, redirecting international finance away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy, and encouraging the business sector to take action.
There is clear momentum building for climate action. Divestment campaigns have helped strip away the social license of the fossil fuel industry, hundreds of thousands are marching in the streets, and clear climate impacts are putting deniers on the defensive. The train to a clean energy future has left the station, the question is whether a Paris agreement will speed up the journey.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.