Rise for Climate

For a Fossil Free world.

Pledge to take action 8 September 2018

Only people can power real change

On September 8, we’re planning thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for 100% renewable energy for all.

We are the only generation that can solve the climate crisis — and we don’t have time to wait.

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We’re calling for a fast and just transition to a Fossil Free world.

Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all. And we are calling on politicians to follow our lead.

We are living through the hottest years in human history. Increasingly extreme hurricanes, floods and droughts are destroying our homes and nations. The climate crisis is no longer a future threat: it’s a clear and present danger.

Yet, we see a new hope everywhere. In every country ordinary people are showing true climate leadership by speaking out against coal, oil and gas projects, moving their money away from fossil fuels, and building clean, just, renewable energy for all.

Two years ago in Paris, France, the world’s governments made an historic pledge, to protect our common home, and keep it at a livable temperature. But their actions have not matched those words. Countries continue to approve new coal, oil and gas projects, and funnel billions into fossil fuels.

So it’s up to us to stand up to the corrupt fossil fuel industry and their political and financial allies and make real the change we seek. Our aspirations are global, and it’s going to take all of us acting together locally, to create the Fossil Free future we need.

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This September, cities, states, businesses and civil society from around the world are gathering  for the Global Climate Action Summit.

The Summit has invited every mayor, governor, and business leader in the world to make a bold climate commitment to help the world reach the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

We know what those commitments need to look like: a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy and an immediate end to new fossil fuel projects.

On September 8, we’re planning thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders— whether they are attending the summit or not — commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for 100% renewable energy for all.

Plan or join an event in your community. If your elected officials commit, your rally can be a celebration. If they fail to act, it’s a chance to hold them accountable.

By acting together, we can end the era of fossil fuels and save the climate we all depend on.

Why take action?

The world is at an historic crossroads, on a fast-heating planet. We are experiencing the impacts of climate change all around us. As fossil fuel billionaires greedily line their pockets, our communities suffers from stronger hurricanes, floods, and droughts, polluted air, and soaring energy bills.

It is necessary and doable to switch to a cleaner renewable energy future. But it’s being blocked by a dangerous and dying fossil fuel industry elites that don’t care about our communities or their workers, and governments that are too corrupt or too slow.

Why now?

Ahead of the next round of global climate talks in Poland in November, local governments and business leaders are coming together for the biggest event the world has seen for local action on climate change, at the Global Climate Action Summit from 12-14 September. 

But we don’t want more weak promises and unaccountable companies and wealthy elites to run our economies. We want a faster and fairer transition away from fossil fuels to a renewable, clean energy economy that protects workers, defends the most vulnerable, and gives people control over their energy system.   

A massive people’s mobilisation for a fossil free world ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit will ensure our demands are front and centre, and ringing in our elected officials’ ears as they meet in California.

Why us?

We are united in wanting a world where everyone can breathe clean air, access affordable energy, and lead prosperous lives free from the fear of the next climate disaster.

It will only happen if enough of us join together to create more ambitious and more just commitments. There’s never been a more important moment to build momentum where we are most powerful — the local communities where we live.

How will it work?

On 8-9 September we will rise together in our neighbourhoods to take action, telling the story of the communities we want, and showing governments how to follow our lead. We’ll connect all our local efforts globally to help make an unstoppable wave of people’s climate leadership – from our townhalls, to our schools, and places of worship.

Gathering in iconic places in our villages, towns and cities, we will use our creativity, our culture, our hope, our bodies, and our unity to show our leaders the fast and fair fossil free world we want. 

Sign up to be the first to access resources and support and organising a local event.

What are we calling for?

Very simply, we are uniting to call for a fast and fair transition to a fossil free world, powered by 100% renewable energy for all. Of course, your specific local demands will vary depending on what’s happening in your community, town or city — and we know you will have the best ideas for what should be the campaign focus where you live.

Sign up to start receiving support and resources to plan and execute a Fossil Free campaign where you live and build up to a massive mobilisation for a fossil free world this September.

Who’s involved?

This global wave of action is currently being organised by 350.org, GreenFaith, CAN, OPEN and many other groups large and small around the world.   If your organisation would like to get involved in mobilising for a fossil free world as a supporting partner – please fill out this form

How can I get involved?

You can start organising locally today! Neighbours, faith communities, student groups, parents, teachers, health workers, fossil fuel workers — we’re hoping that a wide range of groups will get involved in this mobilisation for a fossil free world. 

It’s all about local action.  Sign up to start receiving support and resources to plan and execute a Fossil Free campaign where you live and build up to a massive mobilisation this September.

Who’s involved?

 

This mobilisation is currently being organised by 350.org, GreenFaith, CAN, OPEN and many other groups large and small around the world.   If your organisation would like to get involved in mobilising as a supporting partner – please fill out this form

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