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Environmental groups Thursday announced a civil disobedience campaign that will launch in May to ensure that world leaders are following through on the pledges they make in Paris this week.

The "Break Free From Fossil Fuels" campaign will target oil and gas projects in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and the United States. If the world wants to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius, countries will have to keep 80 percent of their fossil fuels in the ground, organizers said.

"We know that civil disobedience actually gets governments to sit up and take notice," Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said in a statement. "We are talking with a range of organizations to go and push the idea of 'a billion acts of courage,' and we are doing this in a strategic way."

Organizers, which include 350.org, Greenpeace, Oil Watch and Green Party Youth, among others, said the details of the May 2016 events are still undecided.

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