In this paper, Friends of the Earth International outlines the current climate science and the need for equity, fairness and justice in how we take action. We highlight how people are impacted by climate change, by dirty energy and by so- called false solutions which pretend to address the climate crisis. We identify key problems with the dirty energy system, with corporate power, and with false solutions such as carbon markets, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD), industrial agriculture and new spectres such as ‘negative emissions’ that will only wreak more havoc.
But we believe there is hope. We must continue to build a movement of people who will fight dirty energy, climate change and false solutions. As we come together and mobilise we can overcome corporate power and truly start to change the underlying economic system.
We can address the climate challenge: but only if we take rapid and bold action to address the root causes of climate change, including by transforming current unsustainable and unjust approaches to production and consumption, and undemocratic decision making structures.