Join the Peoples Climate March on April 29th!

Join the Peoples Climate March on April 29th!

4/12/17

This piece was written by 350.org, a leading organization in the movement for climate justice. You can see more about 350.org’s work at www.350.org. You can also  read about CARE’s work on climate change here.

When people talk about solutions to the climate crisis they often mention new technologies: solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars. And it’s true, we’ve made huge advances in the field of renewable energy over the past decade. That includes a nearly 80% drop in the price of solar panels, a development that opens up whole new possibilities for bringing power to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

But there’s another type of power that is just as important: people power. Nearly all of the great social advances in history have been driven by people powered movements. The same holds true for climate change.

Here in the United States, it was only after millions of people took the streets for the first Earth Day in 1970 that we saw the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other critical pieces of legislation. A decade later, it was the organizing of people of color and low-income communities that drove forward the idea of environmental justice, now a core principle in how we think about climate solutions. In 2015, the success of the Paris Climate Agreement was a direct result of the millions of people who organized, lobbied, and marched for bold climate action.

Now, much of that progress is under attack. From undermining the Clean Power Plan to approving the Dakota Access Pipeline, this administration has made decisions that could threaten the critical environmental protections that shield communities around the globe.Women come early morning to the Mandrare river in Amboassary, southern Madagascar.The river is the main source of water for washing, drinking and constructing homes for the people leaving around it. It is affected by lack of rainfall and Climate Change

In order to protect our climate and communities from these risks, people power is needed more than ever. That’s why this April 29th, dozens of organizations, including labor, climate, social justice, and development groups, are coming together for the Peoples Climate March, a huge mobilization in Washington, D.C. and across the country to show our opposition to these policy shifts and put forward our own vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.

The Peoples Climate March is our opportunity to turn the tide back in our direction. The only way that the progress we’ve made on climate change can be undone is if we sit back and let it happen. By organizing at the local level and mobilizing at the national one, we can stop some of President Trump’s worst proposals from being implemented , while continuing to make progress where it’s possible.

In Thailand CARE supported local communities in identifying activities to adapt their livelihoods to the changing climate.

With climate impacts being felt around the world, from devastating floods in Peru and Colombia to a terrible drought across much of sub-Saharan Africa, our work is more urgent. Climate change is already deepening existing economic, political, social and environmental inequalities. We need to act now in order for the most marginalized communities to be protected. Without action from all of us, it may be impossible for poor and marginalized people to reach a wide range of development and justice goals. We can’t afford to lose four years in the fight against climate change. At this point, solar panels and wind turbines aren’t going to save us. It’s going to take the kind of power we find in ourselves.

Join us in building a movement that can create a world that works for all of us and sign up here to take part in the People’s Climate March. We’ll see you on April 29th!

Jamie Henn, Strategic Communications Director at 350.org

 

 

This piece was written by a 350.org, a leading organization in the movement for climate justice. You can see more about 350.org’s work at www.350.org. You can also  read about CARE’s work on climate change here.

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