“We Urge You to Face Up To The Climate Emergency. Not Next Year. Not Next Month. Now!”

An Open Letter to World Leaders from Young Climate Activist Greta Thunberg and Three Activist Friends

Niagara At Large Urges You to Please Read This and Consider Signing Your Name to Their Appeal for Action

Posted November 1st, 2021 on Niagara At Large

“Betrayal.”

That’s how young people around the world are describing our governments’ failure to cut carbon emissions. And it’s no surprise.

We are catastrophically far from the crucial goal of 1.5°C, and yet governments everywhere are still accelerating the crisis, spending billions on fossil fuels.

This is not a drill. It’s code red for the Earth. Millions will suffer as our planet is devastated — a terrifying future that will be created, or avoided, by the decisions you make. You have the power to decide.

As citizens across the planet, we urge you to face up to the climate emergency. Not next year. Not next month. Now:

  • When is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau going to stop gifting huge subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and when is he going to stop investing billions of our taxdollars in pipelines and other infrastructure for a tar sands operation wreaking havoc on our planet.

    Keep the precious goal of 1.5°C alive with immediate, drastic, annual emission reductions unlike anything the world has ever seen.  

  • End all fossil fuel investments, subsidies, and new projects immediately, and stop new exploration and extraction.

  • End creative carbon accounting by publishing total emissions for all consumption indices, supply chains, international aviation and shipping, and the burning of biomass.

  • Deliver the $100bn promised to the most vulnerable countries, with additional funds for climate disasters.

  • Enact climate policies that protect workers and the most vulnerable, and reduce all forms of inequality.

We can still do this. There is still time to avoid the worst consequences if we are prepared to change. It will take determined, visionary leadership. And it will take immense courage — but know that when you rise, billions will be right behind you.

Sincerely,

Greta from Sweden, Vanessa from Uganda, Dominika from Poland, and Mitzi from the Philippines

To sign Greta and her friends’ emergency appeal for climate action circulated with this open letter, click on https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/climate_action_now_loc/

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