Roundup from Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice’s Activities and Events at Bonn Climate Change Conference SB56

Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) and its members took part in the Bonn Climate Change Conference for the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies, which took place from 6 to 16 June 2022, at the World Convention Center Bonn, Germany to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November this year. This year the June sessions were focused on greenhouse gas emission reductions, adapting to climate impacts, and providing financial support for developing countries to cut emissions and adapt to climate change.

Scroll down for a roundup of DCJ’s activities in collaboration with its members during the 11 days of the Bonn Climate Change Conference.

False Solutions, Fossil Farces, and Fake Finance: What to Expect at Bonn Climate Change Conference, press conference by DCJ and members on June 7 2022

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ)  held a press conference on June 7 2022 during the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change at Bonn. DCJ and its members shared the demands and expectations of grassroot communities and frontline climate crisis defenders from this conference. They will also highlight the corporate capture of climate change dialogue perpetuating false solutions and greenwashing by the fossil fuel industry as well as lack of government action to address and mitigate loss and damage and provide climate finance for the Global South communities.

SPEAKERS

Meena Raman – Third World Network (TWN)

Claire Miranda – Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)

Rachel Rose Jackson – Corporate Accountability International (CA)

Moderated by Alex Rafalowics – Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty

False Solutions, Fossil Farces, and Fake Finance: What to Expect at Bonn Climate Change Conference, a press conference by DCJ and members

Put Loss and Damage on COP27 Agenda NOW: DCJ and its members joined other CSOs for action on Loss and Damage on June 7 2022

Action demanding loss and damage to be put on #COP27 agenda by CSOs and DCJ members at Bonn during SB56
Action demanding loss and damage to be put on #COP27 agenda by CSOs and DCJ members at Bonn during SB56

Climate Justice Pathways for Real Zero, Real Finance, and Real Action: SB56 Side Event on June 10 2022

DCJ joined its members Corporate Accountability International, Global Forest Coalition, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) and Friends of the Earth Togo to co-host side-event ‘Climate Justice Pathways for Real Zero, Real Finance, and Real Action’ at Bonn Climate Change Conference where they discussed pathways to rapidly enact a 1.5-centered just transition that decreases emissions to #RealZero, how to urgently scale up finance for adaptation, and Loss and Damage. 

SPEAKERS

Gadir Lavadenz, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

Claire Miranda, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development

Kwami Kponzo, Friends of the Earth Togo/Global Forest Coalition

Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition

Moderated by Rachel Rose Jackson, Corporate Accountability

Climate Justice Pathways for Real Zero, Real Finance, and Real Action: Side Event by DCJ and its members

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Pay Up for Loss and Damage: CSO Action on Loss and Damage Finance on June 11 2022

Pay Up for Loss and Damage: CSO Action on Loss and Damage Finance
Claire Miranda of DCJ’s member organization Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development during the CSOs action on Loss and Damage at SB56

Two weeks of all talk and no walk: A rocky road to Sharm el-Sheikh: Press Conference by DCJ and members, June 15 2022

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) held a press conference on June 15 2022 during the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change at Bonn. With just hours left for climate talks to conclude in Bonn before negotiators reconvene at COP 27, representatives of DCJ explained the current state of play at UNFCCC’s SBs, share African civil society’s core demands, and what to expect on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

SPEAKERS

Meena Raman, Third World Network

Tetet Lauron, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Colin Besaans, Powershift Africa

Rachel Rose Jackson, Corporate Accountability International 

Moderated by Gadir Lavadenz, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

Two weeks of all talk and no walk: A rocky road to Sharm el-Sheikh: Press Conference by DCJ and members

ACT NOW on Climate Crisis: DCJ and its members joined a CSO Action on last day of Bonn Climate Change Conference

DCJ and its members joined other CSOs on last day of Bonn Climate Change Conference calling out for governments to stop talking and ACT NOW on climate crisis, to pay up for loss and damage and climate finance and to support real solutions and not false solutions.

ACT NOW on Climate Crisis: DCJ and its members joined a CSO Action on last day of Bonn Climate Change Conference
ACT NOW on Climate Crisis: DCJ and its members joined a CSO Action on last day of Bonn Climate Change Conference

Check out some of the other resources on Bonn Climate Change Conference from DCJ and it’s members below.

CSO intervention by DCJ during the joint opening plenary

CSO intervention by DCJ during the closing plenary

Closing comments from climate justice voices around the world on the conclusion of Bonn Climate Talks

Daily Newsletter by Third World Network on Bonn Climate Talks


Closing comments from climate justice voices around the world on the conclusion of Bonn Climate Talks, June 2022

Empty Words, Hollow Promises, and False Solutions Ring Loud at Bonn Conference on Climate Change

Once again, as world leaders are gathered at Bonn to discuss the climate crisis, we have wasted another opportunity to take climate action. Civil Society Organizations express their anger and disappointment at the empty words and hollow discussions that continue to push the world, especially the Global South further towards climate catastrophe.

Claire Miranda, Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

The US and its allies have again made a mockery of the Bonn Climate Talks. All their statements on ambition and their shameless attempts to deprioritize adaptation and loss and damage compared to mitigation as if they are making progress on ending fossil fuels, are enraging. Instead of making clear commitments to mobilize and deliver climate finance, they advance all these dialogues and empty talk shops as smokescreens to hide their plans of escaping from their climate obligations in Sharm el-Sheik. The Global South will make sure this hideous escape plan fails.

Souparna Lahiri, Global Forest Coalition 

The Global North has shown that they are not only about blocking climate finance, but climate action as a whole. The US, EU, and others are not only trying to rewrite history to erase any record of their owed climate debt. They are also blocking global progress to advance on issues such as collaborating to implement real solutions (in Article 6.8) and blocking pathways to achieve rights-based and gender responsive climate justice. But we will not let the Global North rewrite history. They must right their wrongs and address their harms. Real Zero. Real Solutions. Real Climate finance. No Net and No Offsets. These must be the benchmarks for COP27. The failure to deliver on any of them will mean the US and EU have turned their backs on climate action.

Hellen Neima, Corporate Accountability International

One out of five people in Africa are suffering from hunger, and this is just one of countless ways the climate crisis is spurring devastation that is ripping through our communities. We have had enough of rich, polluting countries silencing those trying to fight for justice. We have had enough of your “net zero” scams that disguise a bucketload of false solutions and that are way too little, way too late. We have had enough of your calls for action all while continuing to ramp up fossil fuels. We have had enough of you offering crumbs with one hand while you starve the world with the other. We have had enough of our lives being valued as less worthy than Big Polluters’ profits. It’s time to kick big polluters out and make them pay for the harms they cause. Your empty words cannot fill our stomachs or protect our homelands. People in Africa are rising up and will continue to rise up, until the justice that is owed is delivered at COP27.

Silvia Ribeiro, ETC group

Instead of commitments for real GHG reductions and support to Global South for just transitions, we see an increasing push for risky geoengineering technofixes and new carbon markets, assaulting agricultural soils, forests, marine and coastal ecosystems. This is a new wave of threats to biodiversity, food sovereignty, livelihoods and already impacted communities. These dangerous false solutions are also wasting the little time we have to prevent further catastrophic climate change.  We strongly reject these new forms of carbon colonialism. We need real solutions and real zero. Hands OFF Mother Earth!

Meena Raman, Third World Network

The rich world in Glasgow at COP26 talked about keeping the 1.5 degree C goal alive. Yet, all their actions since then have shown that the statements made are hollow and they do not mean what they say and they are hypocritical. The rich world continues to ask the developing world to pump more fossil fuels, as they also expand their own domestic production to counter the on-going energy crisis.   This is despite the on-going climate impacts all around the world, including in their own countries with unprecedented heat waves, fires and massive flooding. 

It is clear that the rich world is completely addicted to fossil fuels and have not managed to transition to clean energy despite all the time they have had since the 1994 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change came into effect. All they have done thus far is to continue to consume the very little remaining carbon budget left to limit the 1.5 degree C limit. 

At the same time, pressing developing countries to pump more oil and gas to support their addiction at a time when the developing world needs to be supported in making the clean energy transition is irresponsible behaviour. 

Coming to the Bonn Climate Conference and pushing for more mitigation ambition from developing countries is perpetuating carbon colonialism, and going back on their commitments under the  Convention and Paris Agreement. It is time to expose the lies of the rich world, as they do not mean what they say and do not honour promises and commitments kept.

Wanun Permpibul, Climate Watch Thailand and member of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Women in communities in Asia and the Pacific are already facing climate impacts. While finance for adaptation is needed, many of the impacts go beyond the reach of adaptation efforts, and providing real finance for loss and damage is crucial. Climate finance must be based on needs, ensure direct access to women and communities, and support the design and implementation of gender-responsive climate action across all sectors, including capacity strengthening for institutions on gender. Developed countries need to be reminded of their fundamental obligation to deliver public and grant-based finance, not loans to address the needs, lives, and livelihoods of women and communities on the ground. We must say no to private financing, whose profit-making interests lead to climate catastrophe and demand justice in climate finance, to deliver gender and climate justice.

Stephanie Cabovianco, Climate Save Movement

We cannot build climate justice without addressing food systems. Regarding agriculture negotiations, parties avoided mentioning “agroecology.” Even if not mentioned in the Koronivia text, we encourage governments to mobilize resources that create capacity building and education on agroecology and nutrition. The focus on agriculture should be on ensuring food security and resilience, based on nature and local communities, and not on dangerous carbon sequestration strategies. Agroecological approaches have been led by local farmers and indigenous peoples worldwide, particularly in the Global South. 

Sara Shaw, Friends of the Earth International

With only a few months until COP27 and the IPCC warning we have 3 years, if that, to peak carbon emissions, rich countries are sleep walking us all into catastrophe. The disconnect between the accelerating climate crisis outside the conference halls and the lack of concrete action inside is palpable. Developed countries refuse to even discuss long owed and vital loss and damage finance. Instead of taking action, rich countries are trying to shift responsibility for action to developing countries, while expanding their own plans to extract fossil fuels and chasing unproven technofixes. We know the solution is a rapid and equitable phase out of fossil fuels and a shift to people-centered renewables. The obstacle to this future is not developing countries, but developed countries doing all they can to escape from their responsibilities.

David Williams, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

We are seeing what scientists have long been projecting in real time. People are increasingly being hit by severe storms, floods, droughts and heatwaves. Marginalized communities are most affected, carrying the burden of climate inaction on the part of industrialized nations. Their avoidance of responsibility, or even acknowledgement thereof, never ceases to astonish.

Teresa Anderson, ActionAid International

With the climate crisis escalating every day, countries from the global south, representing six out seven people on the planet, were united in their plea for funding to help them recover and rebuild in the aftermath of climate disasters. But rich countries, particularly the EU, spiked the discussion about loss and damage at every single turn. Whether it was about setting up a new finance facility, providing funds, organizing technical support, or even just including the issue on the agenda for discussion at COP27 later this year, rich countries continued to block, block, block. 

At this very moment, 20 million people in the Horn of Africa are hovering on the brink of famine. There is a terrifying disconnect between the real world and some of the rich country negotiators who live in safe bubbles and feel able to turn their backs on the rest of humanity.

Susann Scherbarth, BUND/ Friends of the Earth Germany

Germany has a hell of an agenda next week when leading the G7 Summit from 26-28 June in the South of Germany. We urge G7 leaders to take clear action – and not just talking – and follow what civil society around the world is demanding: an equitable end to fossil fuels and get on track to a 1,5 degree climate just pathway to limit devastating climate impacts around the world. After two weeks of talks in Bonn the hope faded away to get clear commitments by rich nations to adequately finance devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Finance in trillions is urgently necessary for mitigation, adaptation and loss & damage. We do not only talk about technical numbers here, we actually talk about lives and deaths around the world. The plan to have a well prepared COP27, happening later this year in Egypt, failed.

Victor Menotti, Oakland Institute

US State Department negotiators in Bonn kept up their pressure on other countries to cut more emissions, but without providing any new finance to support less wealthy countries while President Biden is urging fossil fuel producers to pump more oil and expand gas exports to Europe.  The US is accelerating a reckless race to pollute our planet’s remaining atmospheric space when it should be the first and fastest to phase out fossil fuels.  Energy price inflation threatens the election of US climate champions in a few months but the answer is not pumping more fossil fuels but reducing demand and supporting other fossil fuel dependent countries in their own just transitions.

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The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) is a global network of over 200 grassroot, regional, and global networks and organisations advocating for climate justice

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Intervention by Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice at SB56 Closing Plenary Session

June 16, 2022

Mr/Madam Chair,

This statement is delivered on behalf of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice. 

We want to denounce the current climate colonialism and the hypocrisy behind it. 

Thirty years ago this month, the UNFCCC was ceremoniously signed in Rio, yet countries who benefit most from the fossil fuels causing today’s climate crisis are still not weaning themselves away from their addiction. Contrary to their claims of keeping the 1.5C degrees alive, they continue today expanding their own fossil fuel use, now asking producers to pump more oil and gas – rather than reduce their own consumers’ demand – as the only cure to the current energy price crisis crushing poor countries and communities.

The world urgently needs a “fair shares phase out” of fossil fuels, but instead, talks in the past weeks only showed that rich nations’ emphasis on mitigation looks more like latching on to profitable private sector initiatives, lending them legitimacy by landing them in the UN.

Finance for developing countries continues to be shamefully low, not only for mitigation and adaptation but now also by running away from responsibilities for Loss and Damage.  Pay up, polluters. Own up to your climate debt, and historical responsibilities!

While visas are denied to many civil society leaders, the increased presence in Bonn of delegates representing corporate interests is evident especially in the Global Stocktake (GST). GST is our main tool to ratchet up action, but the heavy presence of corporate non-Party stakeholders risks drowning out peoples’ solutions for Real Zero.

Finally, DCJ warns against new attempts to convert our coasts and oceans into financial instruments and experimental sites for marine geoengineering technologies. Geoengineering is under moratoria at CBD and London Convention; UNFCCC must respect and reinforce these precautionary UN decisions. 

Thank you.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Two weeks of all talk and no walk: A rocky road to Sharm el-Sheikh

WHAT

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) is holding a press conference on June 15 2022 during the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change at Bonn. With just hours left for climate talks to conclude in Bonn before negotiators reconvene at COP 27, representatives of DCJ will explain the current state of play at UNFCCC’s SBs, share African civil society’s core demands, and what to expect on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

Bonn Climate Change Conference is the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies, which have been taking place from 6 to 16 June 2022, at the World Convention Center Bonn, Germany to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November this year. This year the June sessions were focused on greenhouse gas emission reductions, adapting to climate impacts, and providing financial support for developing countries to cut emissions and adapt to climate change.

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) is a global network of over 200 grassroot, regional, and global networks and organisations advocating for climate justice.

WHEN

June 15, 2022 | 10.45 – 11.15 am CET

WHERE

Press Conference Room Nairobi 4 in the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn

Online Link: https://unfccc.int/event/environmental-non-governmental-organizations-engo-delegation/organization-global-campaign-to-demand 

SPEAKERS

  • Meena Raman, Third World Network
  • Tetet Lauron, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • Colin Besaans, Powershift Africa
  • Rachel Rose Jackson, Corporate Accountability International 

MODERATOR

Gadir Lavadenz, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

CONTACT

For questions and concerns, please contact:
Rachitaa Gupta, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice at rachitaa.dcj@gmail.com or Gadir Lavadenz, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice at gadirlavadenzdcj@gmail.com

Intervention by Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice at SB56 Joint Opening Plenary

June 6, 2022

(Delivered by Gadir Lavadenz, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice)

Mr/Madam Chair,

This statement is delivered on behalf of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice.

First, we want to express our deepest solidarity with all those impacted by wars and other acts of violence in our world today. 

Second, we want to ask delegates: Why will Bonn be any different than before?

Globally, we are facing war financed by the same fossil fuels warming our planet. Are governments going to address fossil fuel dependency properly?

Loss and damage impacts are more evident than ever affecting the people least responsible for climate change.  Will the top historical polluters still run away from their responsibilities?

Finance remains far below the promised $100 billion as the Green Climate Fund runs dry, and the most-polluting Parties avoid any new discussion of concrete figures. Will Parties legally responsible for providing climate finance deliver on their international obligations?

Polluting countries and corporations have already locked in the use of dangerous and ineffective carbon markets through Article 6.2 and 6.4. Now, Parties have an opportunity to advance real solutions that will reduce emissions through Article 6.8. Will they take this opportunity or keep focusing on dangerous distractions? 

Global stock taking starts as new data shows 40% of developed fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground to limit warming within 1.5C.  But will we watch yet another discussion end without action?  

Given the moment of urgency we are living in, we denounce the hyper focus on Net Zero, Nature-based solutions, geoengineering and other distractions that derail us from addressing the real estructural causes of climate change. 

Finally and respectfully, we hope that under your guidance time allocation is managed in a way that allows us to speak to an actual crowd instead of to an empty room. 

Thank you very much

People power climate justice!

Media Advisory

False Solutions, Fossil Farces, and Fake Finance: What to Expect at Bonn Climate Change Conference

WHAT

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ)  is holding a press conference on 6 June 2022 during the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change at Bonn. DCJ and its members will share the demands and expectations of grassroot communities and frontline climate crisis defenders from this conference. They will also highlight the corporate capture of climate change dialogue perpetuating false solutions and greenwashing by the fossil fuel industry as well as lack of government action to address and mitigate loss and damage and provide climate finance for the Global South communities.

Bonn Climate Change Conference is the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies, which will take place from 6 to 16 June 2022, at the World Convention Center Bonn, Germany to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in November this year. This year the June sessions will focus on greenhouse gas emission reductions, adapting to climate impacts, and providing financial support for developing countries to cut emissions and adapt to climate change.

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) is a global network of over 200 grassroot, regional, and global networks and organizations advocating for climate justice.

WHEN

June 7, 2022 | 10.45 – 11.15 am CET

WHERE

Press Conference Room Nairobi 4 in the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn

SPEAKERS

Meena Raman – Third World Network (TWN)

Claire Miranda – Aisan Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)

Rachel Rose Jackson – Corporate Accountability International (CA)

MODERATOR

Alex Rafalowics – Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty

CONTACT

For questions and concerns, please contact

Gadir Lavadenz Lamadrid – DCJ Coordinator

gadirlavadenzdcj@gmail.com

IPCC report on mitigation through Climate Justice lens

The IPCC is currently preparing its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), which among others, consists of contributions from each of the three IPCC Working Groups and a Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the Working Group contributions and the Special Reports produced in the cycle. More information on the sixth assessment cycle is available here.

IPCC – Working Group III focuses on climate change mitigation, assessing methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.  Members of DCJ and experts from all over the world share their views on the report of this working group from a climate justice perspective:

Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development: “It is utterly deplorable that governments of the wealthiest and biggest polluter countries claim to be leaders in the fight against climate change and yet are quite shameless in refusing to undertake their fair shares of climate action and blocking demands for equity and justice to be at the center of mitigation actions.”

Meena Raman, Third World Network, said: “Thanks to the efforts of developing countries, attempts by developed countries to undermine references to climate justice, equity and unconditional climate finance as an obligation from developed countries to developing countries to address climate change were thwarted. Without this, the SPM would have been gravely compromised, wiping out climate justice.”

Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice and Energy International Programme Coordinator, of Friends of the Earth International, said: “We do not consent to an overshoot of 1.5 degrees, and there is no justification for pursuing policies or pathways that allow for an overshoot. We used to chant “1.5, we might survive” – 1.5 was already a compromise for frontline communities suffering the worst climate impacts. The IPCC’s WGII climate scientists told us only last month that breaching this guard-rail, even temporarily, could push us over a series of tipping points that would lead to uncontrollable warming. It would be grossly negligent for economists to ignore those warnings and propose inequitable mitigation plans that allow for an overshoot, as is now on the table with this new report.”

Souparna Lahiri, Climate and Biodiversity Policy Advisor, Global Forest Coalition, said: “In the back drop of the findings of the AR6 WGII report pointing out that global warming is likely to reach or exceed 1.5°C and that massive deployment of afforestation, bioenergy, with or without carbon capture and storage, can compound climate-related risk, the IPCC Mitigation report should be bold and decisive in recommending not to rely on false solutions that creates immense pressure on land sector leading to land grab and dispossession and, therefore clearly articulating the impacts on IPLCs and women, their tenurial right and access to land and livelihoods.

IPCC should be instrumental in building up a global consensus (based on science and not political exigencies) on an immediate and rapid phase out of and divestment from fossil fuels, halt to deforestation and biodiversity loss and address their drivers including industrial agriculture and livestock sector and an end to offsets. A global framework for real climate solutions should be community led, based on rights- based gender just approach supported by adequate and timely climate finance.”

Osver Polo Carrasco, Movimiento Ciudadano frente al Cambio Climático – MOCICC: “We hope that the IPCC mitigation Group III report can express as part of the real actions to face climate change the moment of a rapid transition from fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) to alternative energy, As there are also measures to drastically reduce emissions for air, sea and land transport to limit the temperature of the planet, time is running out, we are in a decisive decade, to make the changes that are needed for the good of our planet ”

Eduardo Giesen, Colectivo VientoSur, Chile: “The report expresses the seriousness of climate change and its impacts, and the urgency of reducing emissions, but does not address the urgency of transforming, together with technologies, the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption in the world, that fundamentally maintain pressure on the global south, its peoples, communities and ecosystems, while the main responsible for the global crisis – the great powers and the multinational corporations – continue to enrich themselves and increase their power.

It is urgent that the IPCC and science listen to the peoples and climate justice movements, claiming for alternatives based on the sovereignty of peoples and territories, and make the work of establishing the difference – in terms of their climatic impacts – between agri-food systems based on peasant agriculture and agro-ecology and those based on export agribusiness and large-scale monocultures; or between energy systems based on mega-renewable energy plants and those based on community-scale micro-grids.

It is necessary for the IPCC to abandon criteria and economic solutions that have no scientific basis, like defining countries’ emission reduction commitments with respect to the emissions curve associated with expected economic growth or promoting carbon offsets and  markets, with priority over a regulatory approach with state support.”

Tzeporah Berman, Chair for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty: “This report is clear that we are now facing a dangerous lock-in of fossil fuel emissions and stranded assets which will further destabilize our economy and society. This is because governments and companies have continued to recklessly expand oil, gas and coal projects. A new global fossil fuel treaty can help countries manage this risk and constraints production in a way that is fast and fair at the scale required  to tackle this global crisis. You can’t put out a fire with gas and our planet is quite literally on fire.”

Susann Scherbarth, Head of Climate Justice in BUND/ Friends of the Earth Germany said: “The hunger for energy is rising and rising and rising and with that the temperatures on our planet. We have to stop that now – it will be hard, we all know that. A climate- and a socially just 1.5-degree path can reduce climate impacts and geo-political conflicts. The Global North – Germany including – must systematically end a wasteful use of energy and resources in a socially just manner in all sectors. Germany with its G7 presidency now has the opportunity and duty of ensuring a global energy system that is clean, affordable, renewable and socially just.”

Linda Schneider, Senior Programme Officer International Climate Policy at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin, Germany: “The IPCC mitigation report contains much of what is needed to get on track for 1.5°C: Fossil fuel phase-out, wind and solar, widespread electrification, and lowering energy and resource demand, in particular in the Global North, transformations in food systems and diets, protection and restoration of natural ecosystems in line with rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples. But the IPCC falls short of highlighting the right conclusions from its own findings. The previous two Working Group reports highlighted the severe risks and irreversible damage associated with overshooting the 1.5°C limit and also pointed out the risks and dangers of relying on speculative carbon removal and other geo-engineering technologies. But in the SPM of the new report, the central climate mitigation strategy — phasing out all fossil fuels, starting immediately — is often diluted by references to techno-fixes that are meant to keep the fossil fuel industry alive. Overly vague language on ‘net zero’ emissions thereby obfuscates the most urgent policy responses. One thing is clear: geo-engineering technologies will not be able to reverse climate breakdown.” 

Kjell Kühne, Director Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO), said: “This report makes it very clear that the 2020s are a key phase in the fossil endgame. We have to start looking at tools and mechanisms to end fossil fuel burning not within a century, but within a decade, especially in the Global North. It’s not a task to be left to our children. It’s us adults now who have to accomplish the full transition before our children even grow up.”

Michael E Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University: “This latest report drives home both the urgency and agency in addressing the climate crisis. While we are already experiencing dangerous climate change impacts, this report shows that we can still avert the worst consequences if we rapidly accelerate the transition from fossil fuels toward clean energy and climate-friendly practices. A Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty can be an anchor for driving forward that transition globally.”

CIVIL SOCIETY VIEWS ON THE IPCC REPORT ON IMPACTS, ADAPTATION AND VULNERABILITY (Español abajo)

As this new IPCC report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability is released, we as civil society also express our views on the results through the voices of the members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice. 

Hemantha Withanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, based in Sri Lanka, said: 

“Climate impacts are already happening everywhere, faster, and with worse consequences than ever predicted. We are already witnessing extreme weather events that scientists didn’t expect to see until 2100. After COP26’s false front of flashy announcements, this report is a stark reminder of the reality: Climate chaos is at the gate. System change must happen now. Real emissions reductions, real solutions, must happen now.”

Amos Nkpeebo, Friends of the Earth Ghana, added: 

“The IPCC report confirms that some damage is beyond repair and it will be impossible for many communities to adapt, especially if the 1.5-degree threshold is breached. We’re facing the potential for hundreds of millions of people displaced from their homes within this century, and swathes of farmland turning to dust. We urgently demand for finance for adaptation and for loss and damage, to help vulnerable populations.” 

Alex Rafalowicz, Director of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, said: “This latest report shows that continued warming will sentence us to a world that we cannot adapt to. Even though we know that extracting everything from existing coal, oil and gas projects alone would push us past the threshold for a livable planet, new projects are still being approved and expanded. The fossil fuel industry will not design its own demise so governments must break this dependence on fossil fuels to protect livelihoods, security and planet. The future projections of the IPCC can be avoided if we act but action means addressing the fossil fuel system in its entirety.”

Susann Scherbarth, Head of Climate Justice in BUND/ Friends of the Earth Germany said:
“Anyone who does not acknowledge the massive scale of climate change impacts is burying their heads in the sand. However, it’s not the time to go into shock. The climate crisis is man-made and must also be tackled by us for everyone – in raising our sleeves and getting down to work.
While the German government is showing more progressive climate plans than ever before, words must be followed by strong deeds and adapted to a 1.5 degree pathway. With the G7 presidency this year, Germany has the duty to ensure climate justice internationally. They must seriously anchor solutions that lead to real emission reductions. The German government must ensure that all G7 countries unconditionally support the end of the fossil fuel era – including nuclear and gas – and commit to socially just climate finance.“

From LIDY NACPIL, Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development: 

“The latest IPCC Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability speaks of at least 4.33 billion people, mostly from the Global South, who will become even more highly vulnerable to climate change. It is a grim reminder of the urgency of climate action and system change. 

And yet governments, especially from the Global North, are failing to meet their fair shares of actions and  attempting to cover their lack of ambition by lofty declarations of “Net Zero”.  With Net Zero, they want us to believe that unproven and even dangerous carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies will remove the GHGs they intend to continue to emit. With Net Zero they are peddling carbon trading, offsets and other similar market mechanisms to shift the burden of emissions reductions elsewhere. 

We demand real zero targets, and immediate and near term equitable and ambitious climate actions. What the world will do in the current decade will determine if the goal of keeping temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees will remain within reach.”

Teresa Anderson, Climate Justice Lead for ActionAid International said:

“This report presents a harrowing catalogue of the immense suffering that climate change means for billions of people, now and for the decades to come. It’s the most hard-hitting compilation of climate science the world has ever seen. You can’t read it without feeling sick to your stomach. 

“A global system that provides support to climate-vulnerable countries to pick up the pieces and rebuild in the aftermath of climate disasters is long overdue. The COP27 climate negotiations in Egypt later this year must finally agree to a funding facility to address loss and damage. 

“We know that behind the scenes, the US made attempts to delete references to ‘loss and damage’ from the IPCC text. The Biden administration is not only shutting their eyes to the reality of the climate crisis – they’re trying to blindfold the rest of the world too. They appear to wear a badge of climate leadership, while doing all they can to block those most in need from getting help. It’s dishonest and utterly shameful.”

VIctor Menotti, Senior Fellow, Oakland Institute

IPCC’s new WGII report is yet another code red warning for elected officials and energy ministers — especially in top fossil fuel consuming countries — who now witness not only the violent military aggression financed by fossil fuels production but also the mounting damage to peoples’ livelihoods and our earth’s ecosystems from their ever-increasing consumption.  As G20 countries intensify their dialogue between producing and consuming countries at the International Energy Forum (IEF) to secure energy supplies, governments must stop ignoring the obvious option of decreasing demand for fossil fuels rather than only planning and pushing to further expand their production.  Even exhausting today’s existing oil and gas wells will put us way past prudent levels of GHG in our atmosphere, so urgent international cooperation is needed now to stabilize prices so all countries can equitably transition away from fossil fuels. 

OPINIONES DE LA SOCIEDAD CIVIL EN RELACIÓN AL INFORME DEL IPCC SOBRE IMPACTOS, ADAPTACIÓN Y VULNERABILIDAD

Ante la publicación de este nuevo informe del IPCC sobre impactos, adaptación y vulnerabilidad, nosotros, como sociedad civil, también expresamos nuestros puntos de vista sobre los resultados a través de las voces de los miembros de la Campaña Global para Exigir Justicia Climática.

Hemantha Withanage, Presidente de Amigos de la Tierra Internacional, de Sri Lanka, afirmó: 

“Los impactos climáticos ya están ocurriendo en todas partes, más rápidamente, y con peores consecuencias que las previstas anteriormente. Ya estamos viviendo fenómenos meteorológicos extremos que la comunidad científica no esperaba observar antes del año 2100. Tras los vistosos anuncios falsos de la COP26, este informe es un duro golpe de realidad: El caos climático está en puerta. Tenemos que cambiar de sistema AHORA. Se requieren reducciones reales de emisiones, soluciones verdaderas ahora mismo”.

Amos Nkpeebo, de Amigos de la Tierra Ghana, agregó: 

“Este nuevo informe del IPCC confirma que hay daños que ya son irreparables y que a muchas comunidades les será imposible adaptarse, especialmente si se traspasa el umbral de 1,5 grados Celsius. Enfrentamos la posibilidad de que cientos de millones de personas sean desplazadas de sus hogares en este siglo, y que enormes extensiones de tierras cultivables queden convertidas en polvo. Exigimos urgentemente financiamiento para adaptación y para pérdidas y daños, a fin de ayudar a las poblaciones vulnerables”.

Alex Rafalowicz, director de la Iniciativa del Tratado de No Proliferación de Combustibles Fósiles, dijo: 

“Este último informe muestra que el calentamiento continuo nos condenará a un mundo al que no podemos adaptarnos. Aunque sabemos que extraer todo del carbón, petróleo y gas existentes nos empujarían mas allá del umbral de un planeta habitable, aún se están aprobando y expandiendo nuevos proyectos. La industria de los combustibles fósiles no diseñará su propia desaparición, por lo que los gobiernos deben romper esta dependencia de los combustibles fósiles para proteger los medios de vida, la seguridad y el planeta. Las proyecciones futuras del IPCC se pueden evitar si actuamos, pero la acción significa abordar el sistema de combustibles fósiles en su totalidad”.

Susann Scherbarth, Jefa de Justicia Climática en BUND/Amigos de la Tierra Alemania, dijo: 

“Cualquiera que no reconozca la escala masiva de los impactos del cambio climático está enterrando la cabeza en la arena. Sin embargo, no es el momento de entrar en shock. La crisis climática es provocada por el hombre y también debe ser abordada por todxs nosotrxs, poniéndonos manos a la obra. Si bien el gobierno alemán muestra planes climáticos más progresistas que nunca, las palabras deben ir seguidas de hechos sólidos y adaptarse a un camino de 1,5 grados. Con la presidencia del G7 este año, Alemania tiene el deber de garantizar la justicia climática a nivel internacional. Deben anclar seriamente soluciones que conduzcan a reducciones reales de emisiones. El gobierno alemán debe asegurarse de que todos los países del G7 apoyen incondicionalmente el fin de la era de los combustibles fósiles, incluidos el gas y la energía nuclear, y se comprometan con una financiación climática socialmente justa”.

De LIDY NACPIL, Movimiento de los Pueblos Asiáticos sobre Deuda y Desarrollo:

“El último Informe del IPCC sobre Impactos, Adaptación y Vulnerabilidad habla de al menos 4330 millones de personas, en su mayoría del Sur Global, que serán aún más vulnerables al cambio climático. Es un sombrío recordatorio de la urgencia de la acción climática y el cambio de sistema.

Y, sin embargo, los gobiernos, especialmente del Norte Global, no cumplen con su parte justa de acciones e intentan cubrir su falta de ambición con declaraciones elevadas de “Cero Neto”. Con Net Zero, quieren que creamos que las tecnologías de captura y almacenamiento de carbono (CCS) no probadas e incluso peligrosas eliminarán los GEI que pretenden seguir emitiendo. Con Net Zero están vendiendo comercio de carbono, compensaciones y otros mecanismos de mercado similares para trasladar la carga de las reducciones de emisiones a otros lugares.

Exigimos objetivos cero reales y acciones climáticas ambiciosas, equitativas e inmediatas y a corto plazo. Lo que haga el mundo en la década actual determinará si el objetivo de mantener el aumento de la temperatura por debajo de 1,5 grados seguirá estando al alcance”.

Teresa Anderson, Líder de Justicia Climática de ActionAid International, dijo:

“Este informe presenta un catálogo desgarrador del inmenso sufrimiento que el cambio climático significa para miles de millones de personas, ahora y en las próximas décadas. Es la compilación más contundente de la ciencia del clima que el mundo haya visto jamás. No puedes leerlo sin sentirte mal del estómago.

“Hace mucho tiempo que se necesitaba un sistema global que brinde apoyo a los países vulnerables al clima para recoger los pedazos y reconstruir después de los desastres climáticos. Las negociaciones climáticas de la COP27 en Egipto a finales de este año deben finalmente acordar un mecanismo de financiación para abordar las pérdidas y los daños.

“Sabemos que entre bastidores, EE. UU. intentó eliminar las referencias a ‘pérdidas y daños’ del texto del IPCC. La administración de Biden no solo está cerrando los ojos ante la realidad de la crisis climática, sino que también está tratando de vendar los ojos al resto del mundo. Parecen llevar una insignia de liderazgo climático, mientras hacen todo lo posible para bloquear a los más necesitados.

Victor Menotti, investigador senior, Instituto de Oakland

El nuevo informe del GTII del IPCC es otra advertencia de código rojo para los funcionarios electos y los ministros de energía, especialmente en los principales países consumidores de combustibles fósiles, que ahora son testigos no solo de la violenta agresión militar financiada por la producción de combustibles fósiles, sino también del daño creciente a los medios de vida de las personas y a nuestros los ecosistemas de la tierra de su consumo cada vez mayor. A medida que los países del G20 intensifican su diálogo entre países productores y consumidores en el Foro Internacional de Energía (IEF) para asegurar el suministro de energía, los gobiernos deben dejar de ignorar la opción obvia de disminuir la demanda de combustibles fósiles en lugar de solo planificar y presionar para expandir aún más su producción. Incluso agotar los pozos de petróleo y gas existentes en la actualidad nos permitirá superar los niveles prudentes de GEI en nuestra atmósfera, por lo que ahora se necesita una cooperación internacional urgente para estabilizar los precios para que todos los países puedan hacer una transición equitativa para dejar los combustibles fósiles.

JUSTICIA CLIMÁTICA!

The People’s COP26 Decision for Climate Justice

Climate change already impacts and threatens billions of lives, with billions more on the line: it is those that have done the least to cause climate change that are most impacted, especially women, Black, Indigenous Peoples, and people of colour, peasants and rural people, youth, people with disabilities, local communities and frontline communities.

The climate crisis also amplifies the structural inequalities and injustices that have been hardwired into our economic and political systems that have resulted in a spiralling debt crisis, Covid vaccine apartheid and growing inequality and poverty.

Governments in the UNFCCC have repeatedly failed to deliver meaningful and just outcomes that will keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius despite growing urgency: time is running out.

Countries of the global North have the greatest historical responsibility for emissions and have grown rich through centuries of colonisation and exploitation of communities and nations in the global South. These countries, including the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Norway, Japan and those in the EU must finally do their fair share to address the climate crisis and pay their climate debt without delay.

Throughout the existence of the UNFCCC, governments have moved from policies, to empty pledges, to press releases and proclamations made outside the negotiations process that mean they cannot be held to account for failing to meet them. “Net zero” pledges without concrete plans to achieve Real Zero emissions, without adequate  legally binding commitments to protect human rights, are simply greenwashing, a smokescreen hiding the intent to continue polluting  and digging the graves of our present and future generations with impunity.

People are tired of waiting for governments to prioritize people and the planet over profits while so many lives are being impacted and lost. We are out of time and out of patience.

We therefore demand:

  1. Global North countries pay their climate debt:

They must do this by providing new and additional short and long term finance, based on the needs of the peoples of the Global South, balanced between mitigation and adaptation. The first immediate step is for these countries to fix the broken commitment of delivering the inadequate $100 billion in public finance by 2020.

  1. Deliver a Global Goal for Adaptation: 

And rapidly scale up finance for adaptation based on the needs of those most impacted.

  1. Address climate injustice and pay up for Loss and Damage:

Delivery of additional finance for Loss and Damage based on needs is made and honored. The Santiago Network on Loss and Damage must be operationalised by no later than COP27.

  1. Urgently deliver your fairshare of action:

Governments must ensure that their emission reduction targets are sufficient to meet the 1.5°C   target by urgently strengthening 2030 targets to rapidly reduce emissions to Real Zero, fully in line with each countries’ fair share.

  1. Reject False Solutions:

Governments must  categorically reject false solutions and the “net zero” plans that disguise intentions to continue polluting . This includes offsetting, carbon markets, carbon capture technologies, nature based solutions, geoengineering, climate smart agriculture, and others that are inherently ineffective,unjust, and destructive.

  1. No trade off of Human Rights:

Governments must keep the promise of the Paris Climate Agreement and ensure that these rights remain central in the outcomes of COP26 including the rights of Indigenous Peoples, peasants rights, Gender rights, rights of people with disabilities, workers rights.

  1. Big Polluters removed from this Process:

Parties to the UNFCCC should officially and permanently remove Big Polluters from deliberations where they consistently undermine, weaken, and delay meaningful policy outcomes. And develop paths for the liability of polluters to make them pay for the crisis and repair the damage they have done.

  1. Deliver Just Transitions:

Parties must deliver just transitions as defined in the Paris Agreement with reference to decent work and quality jobs. Labour rights are human rights and countries must guarantee full engagement of workers and their unions through social dialogue processes in raising climate ambition and the creation of decent work, quality jobs, social protection and universal public services.

  1. Co-operation and Solidarity 

A justice transition must also result in collaborating to rapidly share technology and finance to implement real, proven, and people-centered solutions at scale. This must involve a “fair share phase out” to equitably eliminate fossil fuels from the global economy in time to limit warming below 1.5°C, with developed countries taking the lead on a rapid and just phase out of fossil fuel production, while supporting developing countries to do the same. It also requires transforming energy and food systems that empower people and communities, ecological restoration, and food sovereignty. It is vital that these transitions honour and protect the traditional knowledge, practices, and territories of indigenous peoples and local communities.

  1. Do not exclude the People:

Prioritize an  inclusive, democratic and just UNFCCC process that recognises and respects all rights-holders. This requires the meaningful inclusion of Persons with Disabilities by recognizing them as a formal constituency.

The time for words without action has come and gone. We no longer have the luxury of time to sit back and allow governments and private interests to destroy our future. Scientific predictions are increasingly dire; it is not hyperbolic to assert that the very future of humanity depends on the outcomes of these negotiations. Governments must immediately heed the growing demands of those already facing crisis and those who will face crisis and bravely reimagine our world in a way that guarantees everyone the right to live with dignity and in harmony with our planet.

The Era of Injustice is over!

Statement on COP26

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As social movements and civil society organisations, we exist to uphold the centrality of  life, people and planet, and fight until we win a better existence for all. It is our duty to tell the truth about the world we all share and the crises that engulf us. This is the truth about COP26.

Even before it began, COP26 was presented as a resounding success. Those of us who could find a way around the vaccine apartheid, “hostile environment”, constantly changing quarantine rules,  challenges of visa processing, and exhorbitant prices which made the ‘most inclusive summit in history’ the most exclusionary ever, found ourselves locked out of the negotiations. Meanwhile the fossil fuel industry and other merchants of misery had a red carpet welcome, and made up the single largest delegation at COP26. We came to Glasgow and found ourselves in Davos, policed heavily while the criminals were feted.

For days we were force-fed long pronouncements, speeches and declarations from so-called world leaders in government and business, who descended in their private jets and broke the rules the rest of us were expected to comply with to tell us to applaud them. But being honest we must say these statements are delusions – a distraction from the truth, and a dangerous one at that. For the richest countries, the relationship between affirmation and action doesn’t exist. The ugly reality is that developed countries are all in favour of climate action — as long as they don’t have to do much of the work themselves. 

Year after year we have tried to intervene as these negotiations drift further away from their purpose. The process, stacked as it is in favour of the powerful, has not led to binding commitments to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius and the redistribution of resources to ensure a just transition, but instead to flexible and voluntary “contributions” misaligned with science and divorced from justice. Across three decades in this process we have witnessed polluters’ great escape, an historic shifting of burden from rich to poor, from those who created these injustices to those upon whom these injustices are forced. There may be some language in some texts that have been the smallest of victories but 26 consecutive COPs have in practice ignored the need to pay the outrageous historical debt owed to the global south by the global north. 

Instead there is an endless parade of false solutions, empty promises and fake, opportunistic announcements empty in their content and dangerous in their implications. Marked by corporate capture, the very talks that are meant to foster global collaboration to address climate change have now become the main vehicle for corporate and government “greenwashing.”

COP26 marks the zenith of a new era in the sorry saga of international climate politics,marked by cynicism, corporate capture and state complicity in the expansion of the death machinery of fossil fuels that is a death sentence for millions of Indigenous Peoples and local communities across the global south that already are living the worst impacts of climate change. The age of climate denial is over; the era of climate colonialism is upon us.

Developed countries speak with a forked tongue about urgency and ambition. The only urgency and ambition they feel is to maintain their domination of the rest of the world, its people and resources. They make headlines by pledging to do something at some point in the future, but wriggle out of any system to hold them to account. 

Instead of clear rules and commitments based on science and equity, they set about creating loopholes and carbon markets to “offset” rather than cut emissions, by commodifying nature and shifting burdens through carbon trading to the South — burdens that will be disproportionately forced onto and violate the rights of women, youth, Indigenous Peoples, and frontline communities. Under the cover of “nature-based solutions,” they advance large scale biomass burning, carbon storage technologies, the commodification of the ocean, and practices that will displace food production and force continued deforestation.

They talk about how important climate finance is, and how they can’t leave the vulnerable to suffer. The repeatedly broken promise of $100 billion per year, which is a mere fraction of the amount they are obligated to provide,  makes a mockery of this. Instead of making clear commitments to deliver new climate finance in line with the unfathomable need of developing countries, they roll out the carpet for the financial industry to profit even more from climate breakdown. 

Developed countries keep talking about how adaptation and redressing loss and damage are crucial, yet continue to avoid any liability and block finance for the communities on the frontlines from harmful impacts. So instead of a multilateral agreement that puts forward a clear path to address the climate crisis, we are left with a document that takes us further down the path of climate injustice.

Therefore, we, the undersigned global civil society organizations and social movements demand:

  1. No more “net zero” lies and empty promises. We demand pathways that urgently and justly deploy real, people-centered solutions to get us to Real Zero by 2030 in developed countries and by 2050 in developing countries. 
  2. No more false solutions such as carbon markets and geoengineering  which waste time, displace communities, and destroy ecosystems for the profit of polluters and allow wealthy countries to escape their responsibility. 
  3. Real solutions to really address the climate crisis must be on the basis and in benefit of local and indigenous communities and grassroots organizations avoiding large scale, extractivist and corporate control projects.
  4. Polluting governments and corporations must pay for the damage they cause. The industries that have fueled the climate crisis, funded climate denial, and blocked action for decades must be held liable. This means ensuring that they are held criminally and financially responsible, and that they are made to end their abusive practices.
  5. Rapid and equitable phase out of fossil fuel production and consumption through a just transition, with each country committing to and delivering on their fair shares of climate action based on historical and continuing responsibilities to benefit local and historically displaced grassroots communities. Clear targets and timetables including for the immediate and near term period to reach global real zero by 2050.
  6. Urgent delivery of climate finance – way beyond the unfulfilled $100 billion per year target, that is sufficient and responsive to the actual climate needs of people and local communities in the Global South. Climate Finance should be public, non-debt creating, and its delivery must follow an inclusive process that will ensure that the contributions are based on equity and fair-shares, and without conditions.  Climate finance must include coverage of Loss and Damage. A separate dedicated finance facility must be set up to meet this obligation.

Addressing climate change requires honouring these demands, and profound social transformation in all countries and at all levels – local, national, and global.  This will not happen without massive mobilization of people everywhere, south and north. Join us as we step up our efforts to build and exercise the power of collective action, in different forms at various fronts and arenas, in different levels – local, national & global – at a scale never seen before.

Signed by:

ACCION ECOLOGICA
ActionAid International
Africa Europe Faith Justice Network
African Center for Advocacy
Ähtärinjärven luontoyhdistys ry
Akina Mama wa Afrika
Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice
American Jewish World Service
ARPAN
Asha Parivar
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development
Asociacion Ambiente y Sociedad
Asociacion Miriam para la promocion intelectual de las mujeres – chak ukiyem kino”jib”al kech ixoqib”
Asociacion Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indigenas- 
Barranquilla+20
Biofuelwatch
Campaign against Climate Change
Censat Agua Viva – Amigos de la Tierra Colombia
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera, Inc. (CDPC)
Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines Inc. 
Centre for 21st Century Issues 
Centro de Desarrollo Humano. CDH
CESTA Friends of the Earth El Salvador
Chitambo Development Foundation (CHDF) 
Civic Forum 
CLIMALAB 
Climate Emergency Unit
Climate Smart Missoula
Climate Watch Thailand
Climáximo
CNS
Colectivo CASA – Colectivo de Coordinación de Acciones Socio Ambientales
Colectivo de Geograrfía Crítica del Ecuador
Colectivo VientoSur 
Conservation Farming Trust
Coordinadora Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones para la Defensa de la naturaleza y el medio ambiente
Corporate Accountability
Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa
Corporate Europe Observatory
Crofter Foundation
Dalit Community Foundation (DCF)
Earthlife Africa 
Ecoropa
EdibleBristol 
Enda Graf Sahel
EnGen Collaborative
ENVIRONICS TRUST
Equipo de Colaboración y Reflexión ECORE
ETC group
Friends the Earth Spain
Friends of the Earth Canada
Friends of the Earth Europe
Friends of the Earth International
Friends of the Earth Scotland
Fundación Grupo Efecto Positivo
Gastivists Collective
Genderccsa
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Global Forest Coalition
Global Fund for Community Foundations
Global justice ecology project 
Global Justice Now
GPF
Gramin Evam Nagar Vikash Parishad
Green Climate Campaign Africa 
Greens & Grains Trading Ltd
Haïti Survie / FOE-Haiti
HELP INITIATIVE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT 
Himalaya Niti Abhiyan
Huitaca pacto por la vida y por la paz
IBON International
Ikhala Trust
Indian Ocean Climate Network
Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation
Instituto para el desarrollo y la paz amazonica
International Network of Liberal Women
International University Network on Cultural and Biological Diversity (IUNCBD)
Jordens Vänner / Friends of the Earth Sweden
Justiça Ambiental
Juventud Ecologista en Acción
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE)
Klaus-Peter Noest
Koalisi Rakyat untuk Hak atas Air (KRuHA)
La Ruta del Clima 
Loop
MADRE
Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres Chile
Milieudefensie / Friends of the Earth Netherlands
Mines mineral and people
Movimiento Ciudadano frente al cambio climático MOCICC
Mutinondo wilderness ltd
Nadi Ghati Morcha-India
National Association of Women’s Organisation in Uganda (NAWOU))
National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF)
Observatorio de Ecología Política de Venezuela
Ole Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI)
Pakistan Fisher folk Forum
Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee 
Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático
Plataforma Latinoamericana y del Caribe por la Justicia Climática 
Platform London
PRBB Foundation
Proyectando un Ambiente y Sociedad verde A.C.
Reaccion Climatica
Red de Estudios y Empoderamiento Afrodescendiente-RedAfros
Red Nacional de Mujeres en Defensa de la Madre Tierra – RENAMAT
Redes Friends of the Earth Uruguay
Regional Centre for International Development Cooperation (RCIDC) 
Rising Tide UK
Ruth’s place
SALVAGINAS Colectivo Ecofeminista 
Save Estonia’s Forests (Päästame Eesti Metsad)
Shalmali Guttal
Sierra Club BC
Socialist Party (India)
Solidaire
Solidaritas Perempuan
Somos Sur
South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)
Stay Grounded
SustainUS
SWBC Nepal
TCFN 
TerraJusta
Tierra Nativa / Amigos de la Tierra Argentina
UC Santa Barbara Environmental and Climate Justice Hub
Unidad Ecologica Salvadoreña UNES
Vision for Alternative Development 
Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI)
War on Want
Water Justice and Gender
We Unite Foundation 
WhatNext?
XR Argentina (equipo internacional)
Zambian Governance Foundation die Civil Society

DECLARACIÓN SOBRE LA COP 26

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Como movimientos sociales y organizaciones de la sociedad civil, existimos para defender la centralidad de la vida, las personas y el planeta, y luchar hasta lograr una existencia mejor para todes. Es nuestro deber decir la verdad sobre el mundo que  compartimos y las crisis que nos envuelven. Esta es la verdad sobre la COP26.

Incluso antes de que comenzara, la COP26 se presentó como un éxito rotundo. Les que pudimos encontrar una forma de evitar el apartheid de las vacunas, el “ambiente hostil”, las reglas de cuarentena en constante cambio, los desafíos del procesamiento de visas y los precios exorbitantes que hicieron de la “cumbre más inclusiva de la historia” la más excluyente de la historia; hoy nos encontramos excluidos de las negociaciones. Mientras tanto, la industria de los combustibles fósiles y otros comerciantes de la miseria tuvieron una bienvenida con alfombra roja y constituyeron la delegación más grande en la COP26. Llegamos a Glasgow pero parece que nos encontramos en Davos, vigilados fuertemente mientras se agasajaba a los criminales.

Durante días estuvimos forzades a escuchar  largos pronunciamientos, discursos y declaraciones de los llamados líderes mundiales de gobierno y el sector privado, quienes llegaron en sus jets privados y rompieron las reglas que se esperaba que cumpliéramos el resto de nosotres para decirnos que los aplaudiéramos. Pero, siendo honestos, debemos decir que estas declaraciones son mentiras y una  peligrosa distracción de la verdad. Para los países más ricos, la relación entre afirmación y acción no existe. La fea realidad es que todos los países desarrollados están a favor de la acción climática, siempre y cuando no tengan que hacer mucho del trabajo ellos mismos. 

Año tras año hemos intentado intervenir a medida que estas negociaciones se alejan cada vez más de su propósito. El proceso, apilado como está a favor de los poderosos, no ha llevado a compromisos vinculantes para mantener las temperaturas por debajo de 1,5 grados centígrados y la redistribución de recursos para garantizar una transición justa, sino a “contribuciones” flexibles y voluntarias desalineadas con la ciencia y divorciadas de la justicia. A lo largo de tres décadas de este proceso, hemos sido testigos del gran escape de los contaminadores, un traspaso histórico de la carga de los ricos a los pobres, de aquellos que crearon estas injusticias a aquellos sobre quienes se imponen estas injusticias. Puede haber algún lenguaje en algunos textos de negociación que han sido pequeñas victorias, pero 26 COP consecutivas han ignorado en la práctica la necesidad de pagar la escandalosa deuda histórica contraída por el norte global con el sur global. 

En cambio, hay un desfile interminable de soluciones falsas, promesas vacías y anuncios falsos y oportunistas vacíos en su contenido y peligrosos en sus implicaciones. Marcadas por la captura corporativa, las mismas conversaciones que están destinadas a fomentar la colaboración global para abordar el cambio climático se han convertido ahora en el vehículo principal para el “lavado verde” de las empresas y los gobiernos.

La COP26 marca el cenit de una nueva era en la lamentable saga de la política climática internacional, marcada por el cinismo, la captura corporativa y la complicidad estatal en la expansión de la maquinaria de muerte de los combustibles fósiles que es una sentencia de muerte para millones de pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales en todo el sur global que ya está viviendo los peores impactos del cambio climático. La era de la negación del clima ha terminado; la era del colonialismo climático está sobre nosotros.

Los países desarrollados hablan con una lengua bífida sobre la urgencia y la ambición. La única urgencia y ambición que sienten es mantener su dominio sobre el resto del mundo, su gente y sus recursos. Aparecen en los titulares al comprometerse a hacer algo en algún momento en el futuro, pero se escabullen de cualquier sistema para exigirles cuentas. 

En lugar de reglas claras y compromisos basados ​​en la ciencia y la equidad, se propusieron crear vacíos legales y mercados de carbono para “compensar” en lugar de reducir las emisiones. Al mercantilizar la naturaleza y trasladar la responsabilidad al Sur  mediante el comercio de carbono,  la carga es impuesta de manera desproporcionada violando los derechos de las mujeres, los jóvenes, los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades de primera línea. Bajo el disfraz de “soluciones basadas en la naturaleza”, promueven la quema de biomasa a gran escala, las tecnologías de almacenamiento de carbono, la mercantilización del océano y prácticas que desplazarán la producción de alimentos y forzarán la deforestación continua.

Hablan de lo importante que es la financiación climática y de cómo no pueden dejar que los vulnerables sufran. La promesa repetidamente rota de $ 100 mil millones por año, que es una mera fracción de la cantidad que están obligados a proporcionar, se burlan de esto. En lugar de hacer compromisos claros para ofrecer nuevo financiamento climático en línea con la insondable necesidad de los países en desarrollo, extienden la alfombra para que la industria financiera se beneficie aún más del colapso climático. 

Los países desarrollados siguen hablando sobre cómo la adaptación y la reparación de pérdidas y daños son cruciales, pero continúan evitando cualquier responsabilidad y bloqueando las finanzas para las comunidades en la primera línea de los impactos dañinos. Entonces, en lugar de un acuerdo multilateral que presente un camino claro para abordar la crisis climática, nos queda un documento que nos lleva más lejos por el camino de la injusticia climática.

Por lo tanto, nosotres, las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los movimientos sociales globales abajo firmantes exigimos:

  1. No más mentiras del “cero neto” y promesas vacías. Exigimos caminos que implementen de manera urgente y justa soluciones reales centradas en las personas para llevarnos a un Cero Real para 2030 en los países desarrollados y para 2050 en los países en desarrollo. 
  2. No más soluciones falsas como los mercados de carbono y la geoingeniería  que hacen perder el tiempo, desplazan a las comunidades y destruyen los ecosistemas en beneficio de los contaminadores y permiten que los países ricos escapen de su responsabilidad. 
  3. Las soluciones reales para abordar realmente la crisis climática deben estar sobre la base y en beneficio de las comunidades locales e indígenas y las organizaciones de base, evitando proyectos de gran escala, extractivistas y de control empresarial.
  4. Los gobiernos y las corporaciones contaminantes deben pagar por el daño que causan. Las industrias que han alimentado la crisis climática, financiado la negación climática y bloqueado la acción durante décadas deben ser consideradas responsables. Esto significa asegurarse de que se les haga responsables penal y financieramente, y de que se les obligue a poner fin a sus prácticas abusivas.
  5. Eliminación rápida y equitativa de los combustibles fósiles  a través de una transición justa, con cada país comprometiéndose y cumpliendo con su parte justa de la acción climática basada en responsabilidades históricas y continuas para beneficiar a las comunidades de base locales e históricamente desplazadas. Objetivos y cronogramas claros, incluso para el período inmediato y a corto plazo para alcanzar el cero real mundial para 2050.
  6. Entrega urgente de financiamiento climático : mucho más allá del objetivo no cumplido de $ 100 mil millones por año, que sea suficiente y responda a las necesidades climáticas reales de las personas y las comunidades locales, comunidades en el Sur Global. El Financiamiento Climático debe ser público, no generar deuda, y su entrega debe seguir un proceso inclusivo que asegure que las contribuciones se basen en acciones y participaciones justas y sin condiciones. La financiación climática debe incluir la cobertura de pérdidas y daños. Debe establecerse un mecanismo de financiación exclusivo para cumplir con esta obligación.

Abordar el cambio climático requiere respetar estas demandas y una profunda transformación social en todos los países y en todos los niveles: local, nacional y mundial. Esto no sucederá sin una movilización masiva de personas en todas partes, en el sur y en el norte. Únase a nosotres mientras intensificamos los esfuerzos para construir y ejercer el poder de la acción colectiva, en diferentes formas en varios frentes y escenarios, en diferentes niveles (local, nacional y global) a una escala nunca antes vista.