For Immediate Release
350.org Responds to North American Clean Energy Pledge
New York, NY. - In response to yesterday’s announcement that the U.S., Canada and Mexico will commit to producing half of North America’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2025, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“This is a big step forward in the fight against climate change. But let’s be clear: declaring ambitious goals like these, or the ones world governments made in Paris, is not the same as taking real action that scientists say is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of global warming. To actually reach 50% clean energy by 2025 requires making room for real investment in renewable energy infrastructure by keeping fossil fuels in the ground. We certainly agree with the Obama administration that this clean energy pledge is only achievable if each country respectively makes progress towards executing and exceeding the goals set in Paris. The White House can work towards that by building on President Obama’s federal coal moratorium with another stroke of his pen, and halt all new fossil fuel development on public lands. Taking offshore drilling in the Gulf and the Arctic off the table are essential no-brainers if this White House is serious about delivering action on climate that matches its top-line goals and rhetoric.”
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.