By Margaret Flowers, originally posted at Popular Resistance

The People’s Climate March in New York this September brought hundreds of thousands of people into the street to call for climate action. It was the largest climate march ever in the United States and it was beautiful for its energy, diversity and imagery. The march demonstrated that a national consensus for action on climate change is building. Now, a crucial task is to have clarity on what that action ought to be.

For more than twenty years, the United Nations has been using a process through its Framework on Climate Change to address the climate crisis. Each year, the Conference of Parties (COP) meets to discuss specific actions. Yet, despite these meetings and the resultant Kyoto Protocol, the climate crisis has been worsening. Scientists warn that by 2018, we will have reached the limit of our carbon budget and every new power plant, building and car must either replace an old one or be carbon neutral.