Keep it in the Ground

Education, Environmental

Posted on April 22nd, 2016

This Earth Day, take action to Keep It in the Ground!

There’s no better message to drive home on Earth Day than Keep It in the Ground!

As world leaders prepare to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York City, there’s a lot of progress to celebrate.

4The fossil fuel industry is now slipping into financial crisis thanks to historically low prices, the Obama administration ordered a three-year moratorium on all new and updated coal leases on federal land, and two consecutive years of record global temperatures have increased support for a 100% transition to renewable energy.  

But despite all of this progress, the United States continues to lease public land and water for fossil fuel extraction, leading to the production of 706 million barrels of oil, 3.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 421 million tons of coal in 2014 alone, going against claims made in Paris and Obama’s legacy, which is why we are a part of the Keep It in the Ground movement.

Over the past year, Keep It in the Ground advocates have tirelessly been working on efforts that have gained furious momentum across the globe, halting new fossil fuel leases on public lands and oceans. However, there are still many challenges that lie ahead. In the United States, the extraction of publicly-owned fossil fuels like tar sands and oil shale in the Colorado River drainage and offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic threatens cherished American landscapes, oceans, wildlife and communities, and the livability of the planet we all rely on.

Only when we truly embrace a Keep It in the Ground ideology, will we move toward a renewable energy future and make progress in avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. With continued momentum, we can make an impact and deliver signatures to the White House demanding that President Obama keep fossil fuels in the ground. Please add your name now!

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