On Sept 17-18, the United Nations held an “invite only” Climate Ambition Summit in NYC. For the first time ever, the UN called for countries to stop the expansion of fossil fuels and phase out by 2050, and denied them a ticket to the summit if they failed to commit to these goals. The US didn’t earn a ticket (neither did the UK, Australia, Norway, and Japan, and many other G20 countries).
The world is watching Biden and calling for the biggest polluting countries, including the US, to step up on their climate goals. We, the people, are watching Biden too, and we’re at a breaking point. So far Biden has broken his climate promises, approving projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline, despite their devastating impact to BIPOC and other marginalized communities.
But it’s not too late. We need Biden to take all the energy and resources that have gone into propping up fossil fuels — a dying industry — and put that behind a transition to renewable energy that’s by and for the people. We need him to follow communities on the frontlines of climate change, racism, houselessness and displacement, colonialism, and all systems of oppression. We need Biden to declare a climate emergency and end the era of fossil fuels.