350 Statement on Shell & Arctic Drilling

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350 Statement on Shell & Arctic Drilling

WASHINGTON - After Royal Dutch Shell announced its intention to abandon drilling plans in the Arctic Ocean “for the forseeable future,” 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean has always been a misguided disaster; it would worsen climate change and almost certainly result in expensive and damaging spills. Today, thanks to the work of dedicated activists in Seattle and across the world, even the most irresponsible company on Earth was forced to admit that Arctic drilling simply doesn’t make sense.

This is a huge win, and ramps up pressure on the Obama administration even more to nix future Arctic leases for good. Three points makes a trend: coming on the heels of an announcement by a front-runner Presidential candidate against Keystone XL, and dimmer prospects than ever for Adani’s coal mine in Australia’s Galilee basin, today’s news makes it clear our movement is succeeding in defusing the biggest carbon bombs on the planet.”

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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.

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