Have you seen the news? Two weeks ago, the President of the Pacific island nation, Vanuatu, His Excellency Nikenike Vurobaravu, stood up in the UN General Assembly and called for governments to negotiate a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. It aims to stop all new development of oil and gas, phase out existing fossil fuels production, and ensure workers are transitioned to a greener economy in a fair way .
This is an important moment, Alexey. For the very first time in history, a country has called for an international treaty to phase out fossil fuels. Vanuatu has taken an important step, and it gives us - people across the world - an opportunity to back them up with support and solidarity, so more nations will sign on to phase out fossil fuels.
“Every day, we are experiencing the debilitating consequences of the climate crisis and the world is now demanding more ambitious action… and we are measuring climate change not in degrees of Celsius or tons of carbon, but in human lives.” - President of Vanuatu, Nikenike Vurobaravu .
Coal, oil, and gas are causing the climate crisis – yet to date, there are no international agreements to stop corporations and governments from opening new mines, building new pipelines, and greenlighting fracking projects – and ensuring a bleak future for those at the forefront of the climate crisis.
With COP27 global climate talks coming up in November, the world’s attention will turn to climate action again. Your signature in support of the Pacific island nation’s plea for a fossil-free future might help push a select number of other world leaders to pledge their support to the Treaty - and we'll make sure they feel the pressure.
Time is running out. Let’s join our voices together, stand in solidarity with those at the frontlines of the climate crisis, and demand bold climate action from world leaders.
Joseph Zane Sikulu at 350.org Pacific
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