The United Nations is beginning its climate summit in Madrid. Their new report says that if all booked fossil fuel reserves are burned, it could lead to a cataclysmic rise of global temperature by 2100.
This revitalized climate movement isn’t a fluke. Sunrise leaders say their secret sauce is a relatively new organizing strategy called Momentum, which teaches activists how to keep a movement growing instead of fizzling out after a few splashy protests. The Momentum approach has also influenced the Black Lives Matter movement and the immigration rights group Cosecha, as well as new climate groups like Extinction Rebellion, and some older ones like 350.org. For Sunrise, which claims 15,000 members in 200 hubs across the country, the strategy seems to be particularly effective.
“People are taking to the streets across the globe to demand urgent climate action. If politicians ignore their pleas, more people will die, more people will go hungry, and more people will be forced
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that what is lacking is political will to make the necessary changes to combat the climate crisis.
More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now ‘active,’ a group of leading scientists have warned.
“Climate policy proposals that do not squarely confront the issue of supply are not making a serious attempt to avert catastrophe.”