In 2023, 350 has been actively working towards addressing environmental challenges and making significant progress. This year again, with a steadfast commitment to promoting just and fair transition and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, We are proud to walk alongside inspiring climate activists across the Region that have become a beacon of hope in the fight against climate change.
Ahead of COP28 last year, 350 launched a global movement called Power Up, with over 30,000 participants in Asia overall and 118 events across the region. Thousands of activists took to the streets in various countries–from Japan to the Philippines, Indonesia to Mongolia, Taiwan to Bangladesh, and so on–bringing together communities campaigning for climate solutions. It is fair to say that Power Up is a movement that goes beyond mere activism—it’s a vibrant manifestation of our collective determination. And here’s the beauty of it all—it’s not just about raising awareness or making noise. Power Up is a pledge, a shared commitment to turn the volume down on the reckless dance with fossil fuels. It’s a beacon of hope in the face of a daunting climate crisis, a declaration that we can flip the script on this narrative.
Other than Power Up, our unwavering dedication also took place during COP28 this year. As leaders convened in Dubai on Nov 30-Dec 12 2023, 350 stood shoulder to shoulder with fellow environmental advocates, championing the protection of the rights of climate defenders and advocating for just and equitable access to clean energy. Our focus was on urging developed nations to triple their financing commitments and supporting the transition of developing nations towards renewable energy. Amidst the discussions and negotiations, it was heartening to witness leaders making commitments to compensate countries grappling with the impacts of climate change. While an agreement to ‘transition away’ from fossil fuels is a positive step, it still falls short of the urgent fossil fuel phase-out required to ensure a just transition that safeguards vulnerable communities in the region.
As we are entering a new year, it’s crucial to turn our attention to the challenges that await us in this year. One of the most pressing issues that will continue demanding our collective focus is the persistent reliance on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels, with their undeniable and adverse impact on the environment, persist as the reigning force in our energy landscape. The emissions stemming from the combustion of these fuels not only significantly contribute to the escalating threats of climate change but also exacerbate inequalities faced by individuals living in poverty and vulnerable communities.
Yet, another formidable challenge persists—the alarming shrinking of civic space. This is vividly illustrated by the plight of climate defenders like Hoàng Thị Minh Hồng in Vietnam, who dared to blaze a trail towards securing funds for renewable energy initiatives, only to find themselves unjustly locked behind bars. Their courageous efforts to champion an equitable future have been met with harsh reprisals, which underscores the critical need to safeguard the space for advocacy and activism going ahead.
At 350, we do whatever it takes to fight for a world beyond fossil fuels. We believe in a safe climate and a better future — a prosperous and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people, driven by renewable energy and rooted in justice.
In Asia, our commitment to the fight against climate change is unwavering. We recognize the urgent need for a just and equitable future and are determined to take our efforts to the next level.
Here are 3 key things we are going to do better and differently in 2024:
Shaping a More Effective and Inclusive Climate Narrative
We will prioritize amplifying the voices of those most affected by climate change. By bringing attention to the stories of vulnerable communities, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the human impact of climate change. Additionally, we will actively seek the representation and participation of marginalized groups in climate discussions and decision-making processes. This commitment ensures that our narrative is diverse, inclusive, and reflects the experiences of those on the front lines of the climate crisis.
Strengthening Collaboration to Foster More Impacts
To build stronger impacts, we will strategically partner with more diverse Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to broaden the reach and effectiveness of our initiatives. Collaborating on joint campaigns, we aim to leverage the strengths of different organizations to amplify our collective voice and influence change. Furthermore, we will establish partnerships with think tanks and research institutions, integrating their findings into our advocacy efforts to ensure a well-informed and evidence-based approach.
Promoting Climate Awareness in Education
To promote climate awareness in education, we will establish collaborative partnerships with educational institutions, working closely with schools, colleges, and universities to integrate innovative climate-related content into formal education. Through workshops and seminars, we will engage students and educators in interactive discussions about climate change, fostering a culture of innovation and providing resources and training to empower them with the knowledge and skills needed for environmental stewardship.
The path ahead may be challenging, but with collective effort and unwavering commitment, we can pave the way for a greener and more just world. Our determination is fueled by the belief that every small action contributes to the larger movement for positive change. And that is why, we invite you to continue joining the fight with us for the years ahead.