September 28, 2016

Kick Big Polluters Out!

Corporate Accountability organizers seek to keep Big Polluters accountable for their actions.

Corporate Accountability organizers seek to keep Big Polluters accountable for their actions.

We are facing a climate crisis.

Flooding in the Gulf Coast. Droughts in California and New England. Devastating storms in the Midwest. Extreme weather across the country is threatening our homes, our businesses, and our lives. And the same is happening around the world.

The only way to change course is for the global community to act quickly to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

But the world’s largest polluters like ExxonMobil and Shell are determined to maintain the status quo by preventing progress toward bold climate action. So as world governments come together in Marrakech in November to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement, the fossil fuel industry will do everything it can to influence these talks and block meaningful climate policy.

What does that look like? Industry executives actively involved in drafting climate policies. Shell aggressively lobbying the European Union for weak renewable energy goals while promoting gas. The World Coal Association hosting a simultaneous summit for negotiators on “clean coal.”

That’s not right!

Your voice is already making a difference on this issue. For more than 20 years, the fossil fuel industry’s presence and interference in climate policy was unchallenged — even though its influence meant weak policies with no regulatory teeth.

Then you got involved. More than half a million people from around the world joined our action last December to expose the role the industry has played in blocking meaningful climate action. Governments around the world took notice. And just a few months ago, delegates representing almost 70 percent of the world’s population broke the silence at the U.N. climate treaty meetings. They stood up and, for the first time, demanded action on the conflicts of interest that the fossil fuel industry has with strong climate policy.

This is great progress. But powerful governments in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry—like the United States, the European Union, and Australia, are standing in the way.

We have no time to lose. Take action now to tell your government to stand with the people of the world, not the big polluters. 

I am headed to the next big climate treaty negotiations in November with our climate team, and we’re taking your demands with us. We’ll hand-deliver this petition — and we need as many signatures on it as possible.

It’s grassroots power like this that helped kick Big Tobacco out of similar treaty talks—and we can do the same with the fossil fuel industry.

Raise your voice with us. Real progress on climate change is possible when we act together.

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