I’m a 350.org team member, and I’m getting ready to travel alongside climate activists from all over the world as we head to Glasgow in Scotland for the 26th UN Climate Summit — or COP 26 — at the end of October.
John, I hope you’ll join me on this journey as I share on-the-ground updates from the climate movement’s push for justice. But before I explain any more about what we hope to achieve during COP26, I'm hoping I can count on you to join me in sending a message to leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union:
Can you please sign the petition now to demand a just transition everywhere and jump on this action train to Glasgow and beyond?
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Right now - in the midst of unfathomable climate disasters - the fossil fuel industry is on track to have a record-profit year1. I have grieved over the climate impacts we have seen for years around the world.
But this year was different. The climate crisis was here. Knocking on my doorstep as hundreds of wildfires raged across my home country in Turkey, and all over the world — from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest of North America to flooding in Southeast Asia. All over, we’re seeing that climate impacts will not simply go away. And we will not back down from our fight against the fossil fuel industry that is causing them.
So why are we traveling to COP26 in the midst of a pandemic? Because it’s particularly important for less powerful countries who are most impacted by climate change to band together in person at the climate talks to get their voices heard. All too often these voices get sidelined or silenced in global decision-making spaces — and we cannot let this happen here.
We need the world's richest countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union to step up their climate finance game right now: stop funding fossil fuels and instead invest in solutions to the climate crisis everywhere in the world.
I am traveling to Glasgow with the mission to bring the people to the front, and make sure the voices of the most impacted people are heard.
So many can’t be here in person, but you can sign this petition to put more weight behind these critical demands, wherever you are.
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John, I said this is a journey because this climate summit won’t magically solve the climate crisis, but the pledges made, and — importantly — people power unleashed here can take a critical step towards ending the fossil fuel era once and for all.
Together, with the pressure on the streets and online, we will make banks and governments start moving at the scale and speed necessary to create the change we need.
I’ll send more updates soon. And remember, John, the world isn’t ending: the era of fossil fuels is.
Cansin for the 350.org team
1 - The Guardian
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