December 22, 2016

People power trumps climate denial

Corporate Accountability organizers demonstrate during COP22.

Donald Trump poses a real threat to meaningful progress on climate change. He appointed one of the fossil fuel industry’s biggest champions to head the Environmental Protection Agency. He has threatened to yank any money the U.S. has pledged, as its historical responsibility requires, to help the world deal with climate change. It’s clear Trump plans to do everything he can to reverse progress on climate change.

But there’s one thing President Obama can do before he leaves office that Trump can’t undo. Following the leadership of people in the Global South, we have launched a call to President Obama to deliver promised funding for climate justice before he leaves office.

We cannot — and will not — allow climate denial and isolationism, spurred by racism and xenophobia, to threaten the future of our planet.

The U.S. has promised to pay $3 billion into a fund that provides resources to people in Global South countries dealing with the devastating impacts of climate change right now. If Obama releases the remaining $2.5 billion before he leaves office, it will have a huge impact on the lives of billions of people around the world — and Trump won’t be able to touch it.

That’s why all over the country, tens of thousands of people like you are signing on to this call. They are mobilizing their friends, families, communities, social justice groups, faith organizations and more to do the same. And we’re laying plans to pair this grassroots power with strategic high-level pressure to make sure Obama not only hears our voices, but acts — and acts quickly — to release those funds.

Getting the rest of this money disbursed is hugely important, and it is going to take a tremendous amount of work. We’re going to need all the support we can get. Fortunately, right now, one of our members has issued a matching gift challenge and will match every donation dollar for dollar until December 31.

Donate now to ensure President Obama makes good on his pledge before a climate denier takes the White House! 

We didn’t plan to be mobilizing like this right now. But as soon as Trump was elected we knew we had to act fast. Our friends in the Global South told us they need our help to ensure the U.S. makes good on the promise to fund climate justice through the U.N. climate treaty.

So we redirected our energy and resources to this critical action. And that means we need your help in making sure we have the biggest impact possible. We can mobilize hundreds of thousands of people to call on Obama to advance climate justice — even with Trump coming in office. But we can’t do it without your support. Donate now for climate justice.

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