The Peoples Climate march in New York City this September is a major mobilization to demand bold, political action to address the climate crisis.
The Climate Crisis is something very relevant to people in the Pacific.
Our closest neighbor Australia, just last month approved what will become one of the world’s largest coal-mines, the Carmichael mine. The mine will produce 60 million tonnes of coal per year.
The coal deposit is part of the Galilee Basin, one of the world’s largest untapped coal reserves, where a further 8 new coalmines have been proposed. If they do go ahead, the coal from these projects will unleash 705 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
The trajectory that fossil fuel companies and their supporters have the world at present is expected to exceed the 2-degree target, catastrophically. This means that right now the world faces at least 3 degrees of warming, which would cause at least 60 centimeters of sea level rise.
With just 60 cm of sea level rise, any atoll island like Tuvalu or Kiribati will become unlivable. There is far too much at stake to allow this to happen.
Again, I reiterate how very relevant the Climate Crisis is to people living in the Pacific.
Speaking of all things relevant to people in the Pacific, and on a much more positive note- the integrity and ideals upon which the Peoples Climate March is built- very relevant.
At the heart of it, the Peoples Climate March is about creating a moment about us- people across the world standing up in their communities to organize something new and different, to build and shift power in order to create a just, safe and peaceful world.
It is the integrity on which the Peoples Climate March is anchored that has sparked solidarity campaigns across the Pacific, where both the realities of a present defined by the climate crisis, and a growing hope for solutions for a better tomorrow, co- exist.
While in Australia, coal-mines were being approved last month, our 350 Fiji volunteers proudly marched through the streets of the capital- Suva City, as a show of solidarity for the thousands of people that will be marching in New York City come the weekend of the 21st.
They held banners that read, “Action to Protect our Islands, Not Words- Peoples Climate Mobilization” and “We are the Pacific Climate Warriors #StandUpForThePacific.”
See related article on the Pacific Climate Warriors here
All around the world, people will be coming together for a weekend of historic action on climate change. Our collective demand is for Action, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet.