Break Free 2016 builds on momentum, ushering in the next string of climate actions

Intro

Spring has sprung, and so has pressure from protesters who are demanding that leaders deliver on climate commitments.  Yesterday, hundreds of activists interrupted a federal oil and gas lease sale in New Orleans – a city that has been subjected to some of the harshest climate impacts. Wednesday’s demonstration is one of many nationwide actions ramping up the momentum for climate action. In early March, activists – including 350.org founder Bill McKibben – were arrested in upstate New York for blocking the driveway of a natural gas storage plant. This week, McKibben also turned the heat up of fracking, highlighting the potential damage methane emissions could be waging on the planet.  Between May 4th and 15th, more boots will be on the ground for Break Free 2016, a week of global mobilizations targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects. Break Free 2016, like the steady drumbeat leading to and through Paris, will call  on leaders to accelerate the just transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by keeping keeping coal oil and gas in the ground.

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Key Points

  • People power is necessary to ramp up government climate ambition. After years of bolstering momentum ahead of December’s Paris climate meetings through global actions, nearly 200 world leaders devised a plan to stabilize temperatures while accelerating the ongoing clean energy transition. With the Paris Agreement set to be signed in a few weeks, civil society will keep holding leaders accountable to follow through on their cemented commitments.
  • There has never been a better time in history to break free from fossil fuels. From last February being declared to be the hottest month yet, to 2015 being reported to be the hottest year on record, the urgency to act on climate has reached a critical point. With renewable industries more reliable, affordable and job-generating than ever, now is an ideal time for governments to turn a new leaf and inject real momentum into the ongoing transition to 100 per cent clean energy resources.
  • Paris was not the end point, but rather a landmark on a critical road for the climate movement. Everyone is at risk from a warming planet, and scaling up action early will bring across the board benefits. As the transition gets stronger and faster in a post-Paris world, through peaceful protest, citizens around the world will continue to call for an end to construction on soon-to-be defunct fossil fuel infrastructure.