Fossil fuel companies recently announced their latest rounds of quarterly profits, just weeks before world leaders meet at the UN's global climate talks (COP28) in Dubai.
We are watching the energy giants grow richer than ever whilst worldwide people are facing a confluence of crises such as climate impacts, political conflicts, energy poverty and rapidly escalating costs of living. On top of all that, around the world the fossil fuel industry spreads violence and oppression and exacerbates wars to protect their profits and greed. And even though we struggle, we keep going – because we know there is a better future, and we are committed to building it.
Whilst we endure the impacts of the climate crisis, fossil fuel companies are growing richer than ever. We are here to show that there is an alternative to the current status quo, where governments and industry claim there is no money to support the just transition, and yet always seem to have unlimited resources to fuel wars. In the lead up to COP28, we’re calling on world leaders to use all financial means possible to reclaim the excessive profits of the fossil fuels industry and use those to fund a monumental increase in renewable energy capacity – now!
We have the tools, resources and technology to make the energy transition happen. Wind and solar are already producing record amounts of clean electricity year after year, and getting cheaper every day. And we know there can be no climate justice without human rights. What is flagrantly missing is the political will to put people and the planet above greed and hatred. We have alternatives, a better world for all of us is possible.
Whether through taxes, by ending subsidies or stopping all investments in old and new fossil fuel projects, world leaders must use this money to power up a global renewable energy revolution, that is fair, promotes peace and distributes resources equitably around the world.
Across the world, people are already leading the way towards a clean, just, peaceful and renewable world, using solutions to the climate crisis as tools of resistance against fossil fuels and injustice. Wherever you are, you can join an event or organise one.Join us!