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Walk/Bike/Scoot/Rollerblade/Skate/Cartwheel–For the Climate!


The following is re-posted from 350 or bust (a great blog I’ve been following recently), where it was re-posted from It’s about Moving Planet, a day for multiple demonstrations around the world in support of immediate action on climate change.

Moving Planet is today, which makes me extremely tardy in posting about it.

I won’t be participating officially, because I’m working. I’ll be walking to and fro, though, and I hereby dedicate that walk to Moving Planet!

Our Demands (from

On 24 September, we won’t just be cycling or marching―we’ll also be delivering a clear and strong set of demands.

These demands will differ from one country to the next, of course, because the steps we need to take depend on how much fossil fuel we already use. But the rough outlines are clear:

  • Science-based policies to get us back to 350ppm
    We can’t negotiate with chemistry and physics–that’s why we know we have to make sure that climate politics is in line with climate science. We must push for a UN climate regime that lays out the path for a socially just pathway below 350ppm. We must reach peak global emissions as quickly as (humanly) possible.
  • A rapid, just transition to zero carbon emissions. 
    We know that the only way to avert climate catastrophe is an emergency mobilization to cut emissions to zero as soon as possible. That’s why we’re encouraging organizing efforts everywhere to support programs that aim for:

    • 100% renewable energy
    • Zero carbon emissions
    • Leaving fossil fuels in the ground
  • A mobilization of funding for a fair transition to a 350ppm world.
    Climate change is a moral crisis, and we know that one of the most important ways to address the issue is for the richest among us to help the poorest among us to deal with the burdens of climate change. We must support policies and programs that ensure financing for a fair transition, such as:

    • Adaptation funding appropriate to the risks and damage already happening from climate impacts
    • Funding for access to clean, renewable energy to lift people out of poverty
    • The wealthy (people and countries) should do their fair share to fund a fair transition to 350ppm
  • Lifting the rights of people over the rights of polluters. 
    Lifting the rights of people and nature over the rights of polluters. The climate crisis is a human rights crisis. We must support policies and programs that lift up the rights of people over the rights of polluters, such as:

    • Reducing corporate power’s unfair influence on our leaders
    • Stopping dirty energy projects
    • Getting dirty money out of elections
    • Supporting the rights of indigenous peoples
    • Protecting human health

We know these demands just scratch the surface of a vision for a safe and fair climate future—please be in touch with other proposals that ought to be considered.

h/t 350 or bust

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine permalink
    09/24/2011 9:04 AM

    Love it that you’re dedicating your low-carbon travel to and from work to Moving Planet. Have a great Saturday, Scott!

  2. John Erickson permalink
    09/24/2011 1:36 PM

    YOU’RE tardy? I just read this now! D’OH! Tell ya what – I’ll skip the mowing I was supposed to do today, okay? Gives me a cheap excuse to be lazy! ;)

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