#RiseForClimate Actions Begin

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Above: Photo Pacific Climate Warriors from Vanuatu get ready to Rise.

A statement from #RiseForClimate reports “This weekend people are joining over 820 actions in 91 countries under the banner of Rise for Climate to demonstrate the urgency of the climate crisis. Communities around the world will shine a spotlight on the increasing impacts they are experiencing and demand local action to keep fossil fuels in the ground. There will be hundreds of creative events and actions that challenge fossil fuels and call for a swift and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all.”

People are rising to support urgent action before 2020 to accelerate the rapid phase out of fossil fuels and a just transition to clean and fair energy systems for all. There is no time to lose. Already this year the world has experienced catastrophic heatwaves in North Africa, Europe, Japan, Pakistan, Australia and Argentina; deadly wildfires in Greece, Sweden, the USA and Russia; drought in Kenya and Somalia; major water shortages in Afghanistan and South Africa; extreme storms and flooding in HawaiiIndiaOman and Yemen; record melting of the Bering Sea ice; and the 400th month in the row of above-average global temperatures.

This weekend, Rise for Climate will demonstrate the growing strength and diversity of the climate movement and that people who won’t wait for governments to act, but will lead by example and hold them to account.

Here is a full map of events

Below are Tweets from the first day of actions, building up to tomorrow.

  • Jo Hayward-haines

    It’s inspiring to see so many actions worldwide with this common theme – we all are facing the emergency of climate change. Here in Peterborough, Ontario some 200 people of all ages gathered to sing, chant, hear First Nations drumming, speak. recite poetry and walk together.