For Immediate Release
350.org on the Entry Into Force of the Paris Agreement
Payal Parekh, 350.org Programme Director, issued the following statement on the occassion of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (adopted in 2015) entering into force on 4 November:
“The only way for the Paris climate agreement to represent a turning point in the fight against climate change is by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate the shift of finance to build a renewable energy system that works for people and the planet. Under the Paris Agreement, all nations have agreed to combat climate change and to unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future that will keep a global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius with the accepted international aim of working to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Those goals require halting new fossil fuel development now. Around the world, there is a powerful and growing fossil fuel resistance movement that is pushing our institutions and governments to divest and break free from fossil fuels to prioritize people and the planet. We will continue building a people’s climate movement to put an end to the stranglehold of the fossil fuel industry and to reclaim power over our future.”
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.