If the Paris goals are going to be met, we need a step-change in climate action and political will. While citizens, companies and countries commit to reducing emissions, the main cause of the climate crisis – the fossil fuel industry – continues to expand. We cannot afford to delay the phase out of fossil fuels any further, and must address how we fast-track global progress towards safety and more cost-effective solutions. However this phase out will transform the global economy, and must be handled with care and sensitivity, particularly post-COVID-19. This will require unprecedented international co-operation in order to address fairness, equity and leakage. Such a complex transition requires a global framework.
This event will examine the fresh concept of a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty - a transformational idea, drawing on how the production of nuclear weapons has been tackled at the global level, that is gaining interest around the world. This event will feature government representatives, academics and civil society leaders to explore the challenges of aligning oil, gas and coal production with the Paris Agreement and the potential for strengthened international co-operation to achieve a truly global just transition.
The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative brings together climate policy, legal, communication and social movement professionals from around the world are to leverage lessons learned from successful historical treaty campaigns around weapons of mass destruction to work towards international coordination on the phase out of fossil fuels, with the goals to:
- Change the conversation and build political and public support for a phaseout,
- Increase transparency of government, industry and investor plans for production,
- Compel governments, fossil fuel companies and investors to align production plans with the 1.5°C goal,
- Motivate local governments to limit fossil fuels infrastructure, and
- Accelerate the creation of just transition plans for workers, communities and countries most dependent on fossil fuels.
- Tzeporah Berman, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative
- Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development
- Sanjay Vashist, Climate Action Network in South Asia
- Gregor Robertson, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
- Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law
- Niclas Hällström, What Next?
- Lili Fuhr, Heinrich Boll Foundation
- David Tong, Oil Change International
- Peter Newell, University of Sussex
- Naomi Klein, Journalist/Author/Filmmaker/Activist
- Bill McKibben, Author and Founder of 350.org
- Mark Campanale, Carbon Tracker
- Carlos Larrea, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar