Climate activists: A people’s movement can beat Trump and save the planet

About 200,000 joined the People's Climate March on April 29 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mark Dixon/cc/flickr.
Friday, June 2, 2017

As President Donald Trump delivered his expected announcement in June 1 of withdrawing the United States from Paris climate agreement, environmental group 350.org laid out steps for an energised people's movement that could “rise up like never before” and stop the anti-science White House from destroying the planet.

Jamie Henn, 350.org co-founder and communications director, articulated the action plan amid a global #ActonClimate Twitter storm on June 1. Henn identified four key goals for the movement, which include: 1) sidelining Trump's expansion of the fossil fuel industry; 2) pushing towards 100 percent renewable energy; 3) putting climate champions in positions of power; and 4) rekindling a global movement.

Ultimately, in the face of Trump's decision on the Paris accord, Henn said it was vital for people around the world to “stay hopeful, stay visionary, stay bold”.

[Abridged from Common Dreams, where the series of tweets can be read.]

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