50 Years of 1st UN Environment Summit: Parents Call for Global Treaty to End Fossil Fuel Use

Environmental News from India: 

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first international United Nations summit on the environment, parents and grandparents from 32 countries have demanded a Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty to give children a livable planet, by writing an open letter. 

The open letter decries that “the fossil fuel juggernaut continues on like a runaway train with our children’s futures on the track”, demanding that governments step up and phase out the primary cause of the climate crisis: fossil fuels.

The parents are from 121 climate parent groups across the world, including Warrior Moms (India), Rodzice dla Klimatu (Poland), and Parents for Future (Nigeria). The parents have gained support for their call from delegates that attended the first Stockholm conference 50 years ago. 

The open letter outlines the parents’ call to world leaders, calling for a new international mechanism with three key pillars: End new expansion of fossil fuel production in line with the best available science as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations Environment Programme; phase out existing production of fossil fuels in a manner that is fair and equitable, taking into account the respective dependency of countries on fossil fuels, and their capacity to transition; and invest in a transformational plan to ensure 100% access to renewable energy globally, support fossil fuel-dependent economies to diversify, and enable people and communities across the globe to flourish through a global transition.

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Source: Times of India

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