There is no sugar-coating this. Dangerous global warming is getting worse. Although there are many sources of carbon pollution from livestock to industry, the biggest single cause is the burning of fossil fuels.
Because this is something that is within our power to change, This is our time. An unprecedented threat is being met by an unprecedented response from people all over the world. This month, thousands of people have taken a stand against fossil fuels. 3,000 people marched onto one of the world’s largest brown coal mines in Germany and shut it down for two days (see  below).
In Indonesia, Greenpeace activists occupied a coal fired power plant near Jakarta (see  below). In Australia, 2,000 people and a 300-strong flotilla of kayaks shut down the world’s largest coal port at Newcastle for a whole day (see  below). This is a moment the world can remember for decades to come, because what we do next will shape history. Are you ready?
You are not being asked to change your light bulbs. What is needed from you is much more. Now is the time to stare the fossil-fueled establishment straight in the eye and say: Enough! To the irresponsibly poor coverage of climate stories in the media. Enough! To appalling lack of climate policy debate from the two major US political parties. Enough! To billions of dollars in hidden subsidies and tax cuts for fossil fuel giants - Enough.
Sure, you can sign the petition. You can even chip in to the fighting fund. But we all need to do more.
What's needed in Australia is commitment.
- Commitment at the polling booth in July
- Commitment to persuade people you know
- Commitment to turn the way you’re feeling into action.
For a coal free future from Nikola Casule, Climate and Energy Campaign, Greenpeace Australia Pacific: What's the big deal about 400ppm? The news about it comes from the CSIRO monitoring station at Cape Grim in Tasmania, which has some of the cleanest air in the world. It is as pure as you’ll find on the planet – and it’s this air that’s giving us a carbon dioxide reading of 400 parts per million (400ppm). So why is that such a big deal? Carbon dioxide emissions are driving dangerous climate change. The more CO2 there is in our atmosphere, the worse climate change will get. An increase in carbon in the air means more acidic oceans, threatening the entire ecosystem. A safe level of carbon dioxide is around 350ppm or less. We crossed that boundary in 1988 and carbon levels, driven by burning fossil fuels like coal, have been soaring upward ever since. We haven’t been at 400ppm at any time in recorded human history. It is truly uncharted territory – for the planet, and for us humans as a species. The effects are being felt everywhere. We have seen the worst-ever bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef  and 1000 year old rainforests destroyed by bushfires in Tasmania. Pacific islands are already being submerged by rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps. Extreme weather events like droughts  and hurricanes  are getting worse all over the world. This is what climate change looks like. It’s real and it’s happening right in front of our eyes. Despite all that, I am confident. What gives me strength is that this unprecedented threat is being matched by an unprecedented response from people all over the world.
Make sure you join the movement! Sign on to the campaign for a coal free future here.
 Cape Grim carbon dioxide reading exceeds 400ppm landmark for first time.<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-16/cape-grim-co2-reading-reaches-400ppm-for-the-first-time/7417434>
 3,000 people marched onto one of the world’s largest brown coal mines in Germany and shut it down for two days. <https://www.ende-gelaende.org/en/>
 Activists bring coal supply to a standstill at massive Indonesian power plant. <http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/press/releases/2016/Activists-bring-coal-supply-to-a-standstill-at-massive-Indonesian-power-plant/>
 Dozens arrested as anti-fossil fuel protesters join Australian coal blockade <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/08/hundreds-of-anti-fossil-fuel-protesters-join-australian-coal-blockade>
 Shellfish producers wary of growing ocean acidification as climate warms. <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-03/ocean-acidification-climate-change-carbon-dioxide-shellfish/7379038>
 Coral crisis: Great Barrier Reef bleaching is “the worst we’ve ever seen”. <http://www.nature.com/news/coral-crisis-great-barrier-reef-bleaching-is-the-worst-we-ve-ever-seen-1.19747>
 World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/world-heritage-forests-burn-as-global-tragedy-unfolds-in-tasmania>
 Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits. <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/10/five-pacific-islands-lost-rising-seas-climate-change>
 California Drought Is Made Worse by Global Warming, Scientists Say. <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/science/climate-change-intensifies-california-drought-scientists-say.html?_r=0>
 Why Climate Change Could Make Hurricane Impact Worse. <http://time.com/4013637/climate-change-hurricanes-impact/>
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