The DailyKos – 2015-09-23 00:30:44
ACTION ALERT: Big Polluters Are Poisoning Global Climate Talks
Sign the petition to ask the United Nations to kick big polluters out of the talks!
Organized by: Amazon Watch, As You Sow, California League of Conservation Voters, ClimateTruth.org, Common Cause, Corporate Accountability International, CREDO Action, Crooks and Liars, Daily Kos, Deluge, Environmental Action, Friends of the Earth US, ForestEthics, Greenpeace USA, League of Conservation Voters, Natural History Museum, Oil Change International, Other 98%, People For the American Way, and Rainforest Action Network.
(September 22, 2015) — Climate change is happening now: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves and storms. With so much at stake, our actions to address climate change must be bold, they must be global and they must happen NOW. If we are to move forward, we must address the single greatest threat to progress: the fossil fuel industry.
For more than two decades, the world’s biggest polluters have fought intensely against regulation that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our planet, all because it would cut into their profits. In order to address climate change in the face of such determined opposition, we must kick big polluters out of climate policy.
In a rational world, policymakers would have listened and acted on climate change scientists when they first sounded the alarm. But in this world, reason, having won the argument, has so far lost the fight. The fossil-fuel industry as become the richest enterprise in human history and has been able to delay effective action, almost to the point where it’s too late.
That’s why we are looking to the next round of negotiations, in Paris this December, to take decisive action on climate. This is a pivotal moment to create real solutions to address climate change. World leaders from Pope Francis to President Obama are calling for action, but it’s up to we the people to make sure our leaders take bolder action to address the climate crisis.
“Why would you let the professional arsonist join the volunteer fire department?” said Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org, “[Big polluters] are the guys who want to keep the problem going, not solve it.”
We need a strong outcome from the climate talks in Paris this December in order to seize the momentum of a growing global movement and to push leaders to take bolder action to address the climate crisis.
But the fossil fuel industry, lead by big corporations like Exxon, Citigroup and Peabody Coal have a vested interest in continuing to delay, weaken and block climate policy at every level. To stop them, we need to protect the United Nations climate talks and climate rules around the world from big polluters.
It’s time to kick the fossil fuel industry out of climate policy making. Before we deliver this petition to key climate delegates and decision-makers, we need to make sure we have as many people as possible from around the world signed on to this powerful action.
Sign the Petition to the Parties to the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
“We call on you to take immediate action to protect COP21 and all future negotiations from the influence of big polluters. Given the fossil fuel industry’s years of interference intended to block progress, push false solutions, and continue the disastrous status quo, the time has come to stop treating big polluters as legitimate “stakeholders” and to remove them from climate policymaking.”
Today, we are facing the prospect of the destruction of life as we know it and irreversible damage to our planet due to climate change. Scientists are telling us with ever more urgency that we must act quickly to stop extracting fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the world’s largest polluters have prevented progress on bold climate action for far too long.
We call on the Parties to the UNFCCC to protect the UN climate talks and climate policymaking around the world from the influence of big polluters. The world is looking to the next round of negotiations — in Paris this December — for decisive action on climate.
This is a pivotal moment to create real solutions. We need a strong outcome from the Paris talks in order to seize the momentum of a growing global movement, and to urge leaders to take bolder action to address the climate crisis.
But the fossil fuel industry and other transnational corporations that have a vested interest in stopping progress continue to delay, weaken, and block climate policy at every level.
From the World Coal Association hosting a summit on “clean coal” around COP19 to Shell aggressively lobbying in the European Union for weak renewable energy goals while promoting gas — these big polluters are peddling false solutions to protect their profits while driving the climate crisis closer to the brink.
A decade ago, the international community took on another behemoth industry — Big Tobacco — and created a precedent-setting treaty mechanism that removed the tobacco industry from public health policy. This can happen again here.
Corporate Accountability International will deliver this message
and the list of signatures by the end of COP21, happening in Paris this December.
As You Sow
California League of Conservation Voters
Corporate Accountability International
Crooks and Liars
Environmentalists Against War
Friends of the Earth US
League of Conservation Voters
Natural History Museum
Oil Change International
People For the American Way
Rainforest Action Network
CC: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Outgoing COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
Incoming COP21 President Laurent Fabius
Thanks for taking (environmental) action,
Sally for Environmental Action
More than 232,000 call on UNFCCC to kick big polluters out of climate policy. Corporate Accountability International. June 10, 2015.
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