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For Immediate Release

Bineshi Albert, Co-Executive Director Climate Justice Alliance

U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report Released

Climate Justice Alliance Calls on the White House and Congress To Follow the Lead of Frontline Communities by Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Making the Necessary Investments to Combat the Climate Crisis, and Rejecting False Solutions


Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, released its most comprehensive assessment on the state of the climate crisis since 2013. In the report, the IPCC states that the impacts of climate change are already severe and widespread, and that those impacts will get worse if global heating exceeds 2deg degree.

The new IPCC report is yet another wake-up call in a long list of dire warnings that current efforts to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis are falling short. Climate Justice Alliance member groups, who are leading the charge for a Just Transition away from extractive energy models to renewable and regenerative ones that leave no one behind, are calling on policymakers to meet the urgency of the moment:

"The latest IPCC report confirms what communities on the frontlines of fighting big polluters already know. We need bold, community-led solutions that meet the scale of the climate crisis, not failed market-based schemes that allow big polluters to pump more poison into our communities and further destabilize our climate."

- Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Climate Justice Alliance Board Member, member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (WHEJAC)

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Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.

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