Real climate leadership means power in the hands of people not corporations. It means economic opportunity for workers, and justice and dignity for frontline communities that are the hardest hit by the impacts of the fossil fuel industry and a warming world.
Energy companies must rise to the level of action that the climate crisis demands and keep their competitive edge in the rapidly changing energy landscape. We want the fossil-fuel dinosaurs to evolve into renewable energy champions, because their failure to evolve also means our collective extinction.
The 1.5 degrees Celsius agreed threshold is not just a number. It represents the fate of the 7.6 billion world population and the earth’s eco-system. Achieving or failing to achieve the 1.5 degrees mark will determine who will survive, how many islands will sink, who and how many will have food and shelter, what new diseases will threaten life.
Independence is about the ability to decide our future. In the context of climate change, it is about choosing a life that would guarantee we not only survive but thrive in the midst of a warming climate.
For every inaction towards the problem of fossil fuels, which has been established to be the main driver of climate change, Asian lives and livelihood grow all the more vulnerable as they are situated at the frontline of climate change’s adverse impacts.