Uniting Against Fossil Fuels: The Road Through Paris

By Rebecca Campo on November 18, 2015

The Global Climate March, or the Road Through Paris, is taking place on November 28th and 29th.

The Controversy of Climate Change

Climate change is a very controversial topic as of late that has people of all political parties, scientific backgrounds, and countries bickering. Which doesn’t make sense. Climate change is happening. Need proof? Check out the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 5th Report: www.ipcc.ch . Or, if you have less time to dedicate to the subject, check out their easy to read summary for policymakers: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf . These reports consist of observed data (shown in various graphs and charts) gathered by the three Working Groups of the IPCC. One of the main points proven in the report is that “human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”

So Why is there Debate?

Because some people choose to be “skeptical about climate change.” Does this mean anything? No. People can believe whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean they’re right. As stated by John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, “You don’t need opinions on facts.” Oliver provides the brilliant analogy that a poll on whether or not climate change exists is about as useful as a poll on whether or not owls exist. To see him make his valid argument, and for a good laugh, check out the clip here:


2015 U.N. Summit in Paris

The U.N. summit will be taking place in Paris this December. Hundreds of country’s governments will be present, all trying to create a “global climate agreement.” This meeting will be the largest of its kind since 2009, and, therefore, a critically important opportunity to yield some successful results. But we can’t just sit back and wait for all these policy makers to take care of it. There needs to be a lot of support from the people for environmental advances in order for (1.) the creation of an influential and powerful agreement, and (2.) a permanent commitment by all countries to the agreement. We don’t want a repeat of the lack of loyalty to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Kyoto Protocol (see: http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php).

Cue: The Road Through Paris

In preparation for the U.N. summit, the Global Climate March, along with other various events to spread awareness, will be happening in Paris (and elsewhere) on November 28th and 29th, with the message “keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.” This march is set to be Europe’s largest civil disobedience action on climate change.

Why all the Fuss?

“2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history.” Let that sink in for a moment. According to the IPCC report, we can be 99% certain that the observed climate change has resulted from human action. It’s OUR FAULT. And we will be paying the price soon if we don’t do something about it. 350 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere is the absolute highest we can be before we are at immediate risk of irreversible changes to Earth’s climate. We are currently at 400 ppm. We need to do some serious backpedaling, and quickly. Check out 350.org’s awesome video depiction here–then talk about it, share it, spread it:


This is not something that will be  problem in the future. It is a problem now.

 We Need to Make Noise

We need as many people to participate, whether or not you can get to Paris. Start initiatives in your own community. Spread awareness simply by sharing info on social media, or casually mentioning it in conversation. Tell your neighbors about the movement. Share facts with family about climate change. Discuss the date of the U.N. Summit with friends. Bang pots and pans together. We need everyone to understand the immediate importance of this issue, and then for policy makers to see the overwhelming support behind it. Get educated, share your knowledge, and make a difference!

I know this will sound beyond cheesy, but it’s the truth: We only have one Earth. We need to take care of it. It’s the responsibility of everyone living on this planet, no matter who you are or where you come from, to stand together and protect our home while we still have it.

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