The Climate Emergency Fund was created to support the individual activists and organizations working to wake up the public to the threat of climate change and demand action from our leaders. CEF’s founders have been inspired by groups like Extinction Rebellion, which recently staged major protests in central London pushing the UK parliament to declare a climate emergency. Only by changing the dialogue and declaring an emergency will we be able to reach policy solutions that work.
Young people have also mobilized, understanding that the worst of climate change will hit during the prime of their lives. Public concern is finally growing as climate change becomes harder and harder to ignore.
CEF recognizes that this is a critical moment to support activist movements to demand change. We believe that only a peaceful planet-wide mobilization on the scale of World War II will give us a chance to avoid the worst-case scenarios and restore a safe climate. We believe this moment requires large scale disruption through the legal expression of first amendment rights and non-violent direct action. The disruption of everyday life and perceived normal reality is necessary to create a conversation on the climate and ecological crisis. It is not convenient, but it is necessary.
Our climate crisis demands a new paradigm, requiring the phasing out of fossil fuel infrastructure, the phasing in of non-fossil energy sources and large-scale removal of carbon from the atmosphere. Despite what we know is needed, we are currently moving in the wrong direction as global emissions continue to increase annually. CEF recognizes that this moment requires large-scale disruption and nonviolent civil disobedience to force the policy change we need.