Bill McKibben on Paris and climate progress

What happens at Paris will be one small part of the climate story … What comes before and after will count more. And to the extent Paris matters, its success will depend not on the character of our leaders but on how much a resurgent climate movement has softened up the fossil fuel industry, and how much pressure the politicians feel to deliver something.  And pressure is growing. A relentless climate movement is starting to win big, unprecedented victories around the world, victories which are quickly reshaping the consensus view – including amongst investors. …

There were days last summer when the Germans got 80% of their electricity from solar panels – and Germany, on average, gets as much sunshine as Alaska. …

We must not rest till the fossil fuel industry is forced to keep the carbon in the ground.

The Guardian: Bill McKibben: 10 March 2015

Category: International

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