President of Kiribati, Anote Tong spoke with Kumi Naidoo, International Exclusive Director, Greenpeace International, about the challenge of combating catastrophic climate change in the region. 10 Aug, 2015 © GreenpeaceIt’s simple: people who are serious about tackling climate change must demand a world with fewer coal mines.

These mines, and the CEOs profiting from them, stand in the way of a 100 per cent renewable energy-powered world.

Already, a fossil-free transition is slowly being made. 2014 was the first year that renewable energy grew more than fossil fuels globally.

In the US 200 coal-fired power plants have been scheduled for retirement; Europe’s coal use has fallen almost 50% since its peak 30 years ago; and China has been reducing coal use for the past 18 months. On top of that two major banks have just pulled out of investing in what is pegged to be one of Australia’s largest coal mines.

World leaders now have the opportunity to show concern, responsibility and courage by supporting this moratorium in the lead up to the Paris climate talks in December. The approval and construction of each new coal mine undermines the intent of the Paris talks. Every nation that signs on to the moratorium strengthens it.

A complete end to new coal will be the next step on the road to saving our planet and achieving climate justice. I ask everyone who is serious about taking on climate change to contact their Governments and ask their politicians to stand with President Tong. The island nation of Kiribati depends on it.

In coming weeks we will be reaching out to all of you to join hands across the globe and help us to make this moratorium a reality.

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