Obama Climate Plan: Testament to People Power, but Much More to Do

Monday, August 03, 2015

“We have our work cut out for us. Communities will have to be organized and engaged.” —Michael Leon Guerrero, Climate Justice Alliance

bySarah Lazare, staff writer

President Barack Obama on Monday officially unrolled the first-ever federal plan to limit power plant emissions of greenhouse gases, in a move that environmental campaigners are alternately calling “significant” and “not enough.”

There is one point, however, that has broad agreement: the gains in this plan are the product of international people-powered movements for real climate justice—and the fight is far from over.

“The climate crisis is one of the most urgent and defining issues of our time, and we are very glad to see the Obama administration advancing a response that lifts up environmental justice principles,” Cindy Wiesner of the U.S.-based Grassroots Global Justice Alliance told Common Dreams. “At the same time, the Clean Power Plan and the related draft of the upcoming United Nations climate negotiations in Paris are reliant on extremely dangerous technologies like fracking and nuclear power, as well as false solutions such as cap-and-trade and carbon markets.”

“Our collective survival,” Wiesner continued, “is riding on the ability of our generation to keep pressure on world leaders to shift away from the fossil fuel economy and advance a genuine just transition to renewable energy.”

…(read more).

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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