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Six Months After Paris, Much to be Done | Global Greens World Environment Day Statement

Australia's Great Barrier Reef - threatened (Kyle Taylor)
Australia's Great Barrier Reef - threatened (Kyle Taylor)

Six months on from the historic Paris Climate Agreement and leading into the Global Greens Congress in 2017, we must redouble our efforts to have any hope of limiting global warming to anywhere near 1.5 degrees.

April 2016 was the hottest April ever by a long way and the 12th consecutive month of record warmth for the Earth. Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have broken through the symbolic 400 ppm level --  perhaps permanently -- and the world is seeing more extreme weather, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires and massive coral reef bleaching.

The good news is that renewable energy is out-competing fossil fuels and 2015 saw the largest ever increase in renewable electricity coming online while coal is in long-term decline.

The Global Greens are committed to working harder and faster to tackle global warming through

  • using our power in local councils and sub-national parliaments to drive divestment from fossil fuel investments and commit to 100% renewable energy

  • using our influence in national parliaments to speed up the ratification of the Paris Agreement and add tangible commitments to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies and leave fossil fuels in the ground when ratification is debated in parliament

  • using our global reach and connection with communities to drive the transformation of energy, transport and food systems to a net carbon zero future in a socially just way and to protect forests and other natural ecosystems across the world.

The Paris Agreement gave us momentum and our next milestone is Greens 2017, the combined Global Greens and European Greens Congress, which will be held in Liverpool on 30 March - 2 April 2017.

At Greens 2017 we will share experiences, skills and ideas about how we Greens collectively can have the strongest impact in making global climate action effective and equitable.

On World Environment Day 2016, as the Green political family, we celebrate the beauty and vitality of the Earth and re-commit to combating climate change, protecting nature and fighting for justice and equality the world over.

A graphic illustration of spiralling global temperatures

Australia's Great Barrier Reef - threatened (Kyle Taylor)

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