Climate action is more important now than ever before. Extreme weather events – from floods to wildfires to storms – are growing threats to our cities and coasts. Millions of human beings have already been affected, the number of climate refugees continues to climb as parts of the planet are already rendered uninhabitable, and millions more plant and animal species as well.
STOP LINE 3
“Line 3 is a pipeline that would carry nearly a million barrels a day of crude tar sands oil – the dirtiest oil to extract and burn – from Alberta, Canada through Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. It is owned by Enbrige, a Canadian oil company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Enbridge plans to abandon the oil pipeline, resulting in an environmental hazard across the landscape while cutting a new path across previously undisturbed wild land. The Canadian and Wisconsin sections of the new pipeline have been completed, making the fight in Northern Minnesota the last stand against a project that would have devastating effects both locally and around the world…”
Stop Line 3 Solidarity Action Guide
Climate action is needed now more than ever. It shouldn’t be up to the individual to fight climate change, as the vast majority of carbon emissions come from companies and entities far above our influence or pay grade. The following 10 companies were identified as the largest contributors to climate change (source):
- China Coal 14.3 %
- Saudi Aramco 4.5 %
- Gazprom OAO 3.9 %
- National Iranian Oil Co 2.3 %
- ExxonMobil Corp 2.0 %
- Coal India 1.9 %
- Petróleos Mexicanos 1.9 %
- Russia Coal 1.9 %
- Royal Dutch Shell PLC 1.7 %
- China National Petroleum Corp 1.6 %
And it has been stated, with varying degrees of accuracy, that just 100 global entities are responsible for 71% of carbon emissions. Learn more about that here: Is It True That ‘100 Companies Are Responsible For 71% Of Carbon Emissions’?
There are things we as individuals can do, however. And it is our responsibility to hold the capitalists, the billionaires, the developers, the polluters, the politicians, and the rest of our cultural suzerains accountable for their actions. It is not only the future of humanity and life on earth that is at stake (even as think of the children has long been an effective rallying cry), it is life on earth today that is at risk: It is living things, children, humans, as well as entire ecosystems today that are suffering, facing the starvation, displacement, pain, and death.
This is not an issue of the future. It is an issue of the now.
The following is a compilation of literary resources, websites, news orgs, and donation sites that can help guide you as you find your own role in the Climate fight. While things are bad, there is always hope. We continue our work so that we can say: We did not go down without a fight.
CLIMATE ACTION: LEARN MORE ABOUT IT
EARTH MONTH ACTION HUB: www.impactree.com/earth
CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK INTERNATIONAL: wwwclimatenetwork.org
CLIMATE ACTION: www.climateaction.org
BLUEPRINT FOR BETTER: www.blueprintforbetter.org