For Immediate Release
350 Responds to the UNFCCC INDC synthesis report released today
WASHINGTON - 350.org Strategy and Communications Director Jamie Henn released the following statement in light of today’s aggregate assessment of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) ahead of the Paris climate talks this December:
“We're going to need to see more ambition in Paris. The targets currently on the table still aren't enough to prevent climate catastrophe. To close the gap, politicians must settle on a clear mechanism to increase ambition, make real financial commitments, and agree to a unifying goal of completely decarbonizing the global economy. Our movement will continue to do our part by stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure, accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy, and putting hundreds of thousands in the streets to demand stronger action.
While the current pledges are inadequate, they're still enough to send a clear signal to investors that the age of fossil fuels is over--there's no way to meet these targets, let alone the stronger ones necessary, without a full scale transition to renewable energy. We've seen a wave of fossil fuel divestment commitments in the lead up to Paris and we expect to see even more after a deal is signed. Unless they fundamentally transform themselves, fossil fuel companies are going to suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs they burn: extinction.”
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.