Världens största klimatdemonstration ska hållas i New York i september

Foto: Steve Liptay, 350.org

Inbjudan finns i senaste numret av Rolling Stone.

Bill McKibben, grundare av organisation 350.org, har en längre artikel i senaste numret av Rolling Stone där han bjuder in till vad han tror kommer bli den största klimatdemonstrationen någonsin.

This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.

FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon har bjudit in världens ledare till ett möte den 23 september i New York. Tanken är att stats- och regeringscheferna ska komma dit med nya och ambitiösa mål om utsläppsminskningar, detta för att skapa en positiv injektion i klimatförhandlingarna inför det avgörande mötet i Paris nästa år.

But the ”world’s leaders” haven’t been leaders on climate change – at least not leaders enough. Like many of us, they’ve attended to the easy stuff, but they haven’t set the world on a fundamentally new course. Barack Obama is the perfect example: Sure, he’s imposed new mileage standards for cars, but he’s also opened vast swaths of territory to oil drilling and coal mining, which will take us past Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s biggest petro producer.

Enligt McKibben visar forskningen att det är extremt bråttom att agera och ställa om samhällena i världen.

It’s not that the scientists are alarmists – it’s that the science is alarming.

(…) So in this case taking to the streets is very much necessary. It’s not all that’s necessary – a sprawling fossil-fuel resistance works on a hundred fronts around the world, from putting up solar panels to forcing colleges to divest their oil stocks to electioneering for truly green candidates. And it’s true that marching doesn’t always work: At the onset of the war in Iraq, millions marched, to no immediate avail. But there are moments when it’s been essential. This is how the Vietnam War was ended, and segregation too – or consider the nuclear-freeze campaign of the early 1980s, when half a million people gathered in New York’s Central Park. The rally, and all the campaigning that led to it, set the mood for a planet (…).

Demonstrationen är tänkt att hållas helgen innan FN:s klimatmöte, 20-21 september.

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