For this week 11’s countdown to Paris blog, Track 0 has brought together an update on the many campaigns now calling for a long-term goal to be included in Paris. They use different wording but a common feature is the desire to decarbonise the global economy by mid century. Some are calling for climate neutrality while others are using net zero by 2025, zero by 2050, 100% renewable energy or 100% clean.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and are inviting citizens to sign their petition to world leaders saying:

“We call on you as leaders to respond urgently to the threats of climate change and set a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050.We need bold action like this to keep global temperature rise below the unacceptably dangerous tipping point of two degrees, to phase out carbon pollution to zero, and to invest resources in sustainable development pathways to build a more flourishing, inclusive and balanced world.”

The Avaaz mega petition, now at over 2 million signatures and counting, is pushing for ‘100% Clean‘ energy. You can add your signature here and promote on your social media accounts and with friends and family.

The call for 100% Clean will be amplified over the coming months with mobilisations across the world calling for a phaseout of fossil fuels and phase in of clean energies, including 100% renewable energy. As Leaders gather for COP21, citizens will gather to put pressure on them to make big and ambitious decisions to act on climate change globally; French mobilisers have more information here.

Climate Action Network International, representing more than 900 non governmental organisations worldwide, have been working with their members and collaborators in both the UNFCCC and the Sustainable Development Goals processes to promote a full fossil fuel emissions phase out and phase in of 100% renewable energy by 2050. By setting this long-term goal, the 900+ NGOs members of CAN are also supporting and promoting this long-term goal in all the work they do too.

The Global Call for Climate Action is a network with more than 450 organisations in 70 countries all working towards preventing climate change. To achieve this mission they have multiple strands of work; on the long-term goal GCCA are one of the key mobilising networks organising the huge marches all round the world that help to push politicians and leaders to see the level of support for a phase-out of fossil fuels and a just transition towards clean, renewable energy.

Most recently young people active at the UN Climate Negotiations brought #thefutureisrising campaign inside the UN to remind negotiators that its the future’s of youth that are being negotiated, and that they want zero GHG emissions by 2050 to be in the Paris Agreement in order to secure intergenerational equity, a decent standard of living and immediate action to reduce emissions globally whilst allowing developing countries to develop equitably.

Their message to negotiators:

“Youth want #zeroby2050 and we will be watching the negotiators, ministers and world leaders until they deliver.”

See the slideshow below for more pictures of the UN actions; everyone can get involved by taking a selfie with the eye and tweeting using the hashtags #zeroby2050 and #thefutureisrising

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Another recent action is an open letter to Obama calling on the US President to embrace more ambitious emissions reductions targets for the US:

“It is with a deepening sense of dread over the fate of humanity that we call on you today to use the powers of your presidency to champion a U.S. goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.  Innovating our way to zero emissions through an all-hands-on-deck societal mobilization at wartime speed is not only our best hope for averting climate catastrophe – it is key to revitalizing our economy and putting America back to work.”

Some well-known signatories include authors Lester Brown and Terry Tempest Williams; actors Mark Ruffalo and Ed Begley, Jr.; environmentalists David Suzuki, Winona LaDuke, Tim DeChristopher, and Yeb Saño; filmmaker Josh Fox and musician Moby.

You can still also sign onto the open letter and promote it here.

1 Million Women is an organisation bringing together women all over the world to get involved in campaigns and local groups to work on issues of climate change and to set personal long-term goals to move to a low-carbon lifestyle.

Another US based campaign is The Sierra Club’s #OurFuture which is also supported by the SustainUS youth delegation in all their national and state-based campaigning and activism.

The #OurFuture Statement

We, members of the world’s youth, demand that world leaders take immediate action to address climate disruption through ambitious policies founded in the most current science and guided by principles of equity and justice. Global climate disruption is the single greatest threat that our generation and future generations will face and we must act today in order to have a livable planet. We want to live in a world that is free of fossil fuels and powered by 100% clean energy by 2030 to mitigate climate disruption. We want to live in a world that is just and equitable for all, regardless of class, race, gender, creed, sexuality, ability, or nationality. We want the needs of those communities most impacted by global climate disruption to be reflected in climate solutions and given resources to combat and adapt to a changing climate as we rapidly work towards 100% clean energy. In order to secure a healthy planet for our future, the time to act is now.

If you have an address in the US you can sign onto the statement here

The 2030 Challenge by Architecture 2030 asks the global architecture and building community to adopt the targets to be design and construct buildings that reduce their fossil fuel consumption to carbon neutral status by 2030.

And finally, the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group support engagement between businesses and policy makers to unlock a structural transformation of the economy.

In summary, a lot is happening out there in many different places, and all of it would welcome volunteers, marchers, community organisers and anyone who wants to get involved. The importance of these campaigns and mobilisations is that decision makers at the highest levels must feel the level of real-world support for a global transformation to zero, fossil fuel phase out and 100% renewable energy as they sit down at the negotiating table in the run up to and at the COP21 in Paris this year.

Send us your news, new actions and campaigns, photos, videos and letters on twitter: @ontrack0 

Or email Isabel who will collect and promote campaigns on the long-term goal: [email protected]

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