For Immediate Release
350.org Statement on BLM Postponing Oil and Gas Lease Sale in Utah
WASHINGTON - Statement from 350.org Policy Director Jason Kowalski:
"This is one of the next big climate fights. Climate activists, members of Congress, indigenous leaders and others are all coalescing around the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground in order to prevent catastrophic climate change. That's especially true on federal lands--our public property should be used for the public good, not climate destruction. Peddling fossil fuel leases ahead of the Paris climate talks is like handing out cigarettes before keynoting a conference on lung cancer. The protests in Salt Lake City are just the beginning."
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.