After COP23: "The Ambition Race Is On"

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After COP23: "The Ambition Race Is On"

BONN, Germany - As the UN Climate Talks wrap-up in Germany, campaigners with 350.org are looking ahead to a year that will dramatically accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all.

350.org Strategy and Communications Director, Jamie Henn issued the following the statement:

"There’s one word that needs to define the year ahead: ambition. 2018 will be all about accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all. Movements will do our part by stopping new fossil fuel projects, ending dirty finance, and getting as many towns, cities, and regions as possible to commit to 100% renewable energy for all.

"Trump tried to derail these talks by pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement, but COP23, under the Fijian presidency, has put the process firmly back on the tracks bringing into sharp focus the climate urgency the planet is experiencing. Now it’s all about speed. More ambition will never come from inside the climate talks, it has to come from the streets. Our job is to get out there and demand the fossil free world that science and justice demand.

"The real news coming out of these talks is what happened outside the negotiating halls: massive protests at Germany’s open pit coal mines with Pacific islanders standing in solidarity, governments joining a new initiative to power past coal, Norway’s push to ditch oil and gas investments, and the emergence of non-state actors as a powerful force for change. The fight between fossils and renewables is underway and it’s a fight we intend to win."

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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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