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From September 15 to 17, 2023, people from all corners of the globe will unite in a powerful demonstration against the destructive impact of fossil fuels. The international mobilization against fossil fuels is set to take place just days before the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit, underscoring the urgency of the climate crisis. This global movement, supported by more than 780 organizations, is demanding an end to fossil fuels, a just transition to renewable energy, and accountability from polluters.

The scope of this movement is immense, with over 400 actions, marches, rallies, and events registered worldwide. From Cape Town, South Africa, to Manila, Philippines, and Lahore, Pakistan, millions are expected to raise their voices against fossil fuels. In the United States, which has a significant historical contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, dozens of cities and towns will participate.

The flagship event of this mobilization is the March to End Fossil Fuels, taking place on September 17 in New York. Over 10,000 participants are expected to demand comprehensive action from the U.S. government. Their key demands include ending federal approvals for new fossil fuel projects, phasing out oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters, declaring a climate emergency to expedite the transition to renewable energy, and creating green jobs while supporting fossil fuel industry workers.

Renowned figures and organizations have thrown their weight behind this movement. Advocates such as Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jane Fonda, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib are among those supporting the March to End Fossil Fuels. Furthermore, 300 climate experts have signed a letter to President Joe Biden, emphasizing the necessity of immediately reducing fossil fuel extraction to limit global heating to below 1.5°C.

This global mobilization occurs against the backdrop of a rapidly escalating climate crisis. Recent record-breaking temperatures, wildfires in Canada, and heatwaves in the U.S. and Europe have underscored the urgent need for action. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has declared that “climate breakdown has begun,” highlighting the link between extreme weather events and human-induced planetary heating.

The mobilization takes inspiration from recent victories, such as the campaign that led Ecuadorians to vote against drilling in the Yasuní National Park in the Amazon. These victories show that when people unite and use their collective power, change is possible. The climate disasters of July 2023, the hottest month on record, have galvanized people worldwide to demand an end to the fossil fuel industry’s dominance.

The call to end fossil fuels is loud and clear, and you can be part of it. Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Participate in Global Actions: On September 15 and 17, join the Global Climate Strike and the March to End Fossil Fuels in your area.
  2. Find a Protest Near You: Use the Fossil Fuel Treaty map to locate registered protests near your location. If there aren’t any nearby, consider starting your own and registering it.
  3. Educate and Advocate: Talk to your teachers and school administrators if you want to participate but can’t skip school. You can also engage in climate activism through various channels, including speakouts, art installations, and online advocacy.
  4. Support Online: Even if you can’t attend a physical protest, you can still join the global mobilization online. Use hashtags like #EndFossilFuels and #FastFairForever to amplify your voice.
  5. Petition for Change: Sign petitions and Support initiatives calling on world leaders to endorse a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The global mobilization against fossil fuels from September 15 to 17, 2023, is a testament to the collective power of individuals and organizations committed to addressing the climate crisis. It sends a clear message to governments and the fossil fuel industry that the time for change is now. By joining this movement, you become part of a global force that demands an end to fossil fuels, a just transition to clean energy, and a sustainable future for all. Together, we can win this critical battle for our planet’s future.

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