Across the world, World Environment Day is being marked by celebrations and events, with calls for faster and fairer climate action.
‘On World Environment Day volunteers across the world in the 350.org network have done what they do every day of the year – work for climate justice’, said Hoda Baraka, chief communications officer at 350.Org. ‘We see people standing up to change their communities, to hold polluting corporations to account, and to change the policies of their governments. Across the globe, the movement for climate justice is growing daily.’
The 350.org network is present on every continent, but while the global day for the environment is being observed with different forms of action and activism, the message is the same: it’s time to shift away from polluting fossil fuels.
‘A few weeks ago the UN warned us of the huge risk facing the natural world with a million species at risk of extinction. On World Environment Day we must look after each other and for the world that sustains us.’
Chief communications officer at 350.Org
Climate action in Brazil
The Bolsonaro Government came under pressure at the National Congress
As the Bolsonaro Government cracks down on protest and dissent, indigenous and climate groups met at the national congress on World Environment Day to add their voices to growing public unrest over the far-right government.
Representatives of several alliances of civil society groups attended the public meeting held jointly by the Parliamentary Environmental Front and Parliamentary Front for the Defense of Indigenous Peoples at the national congress on 05 June.
‘This government is in denial of the forces of physics when it refuses to act on climate, and it is also in denial of the forces of politics if it thinks it can retreat from Brazil´s responsibility to protect and care for the natural world’, Rubens Born, 350.org team leader for Latin America said.
‘People are gathered at our National Congress to make clear that we are not for retreating on Indigenous People’s rights. We are here to say we will stand up against the corporations and the politicians they pay who want to frack Brazil or spill oil in our pristine marine parks. These poisonous projects will hurt our communities, destroy livelihoods, and damage our environmentally precious protected areas’, Rubens added.
Climate action in Kenya
Activists take on coal and locals oppose oil in the DRC
In Kenya, anti-coal activists escalated a series of protests across the country to oppose coal-fired projects and the associated pollution, which has been linked to several health complications and severe environmental degradation.
Similar events are scheduled in Kinshasa and Goma, DRC to mobilise citizens to stand together against oil exploration permits in the Virunga park.