About 400 civil society organisations from more than 60 countries have called on world leaders to put an immediate halt to new fossil fuel development.
The organisations said that leaders should pursue a just transition to renewable energy with a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry.
In a letter to world leaders, the group said this could be achieved through a managed decline to wind down fossil fuel production that ensures a smooth and just transition to a safer energy economy.
Ending new fossil fuel development
According to the group,”we can protect workers, protect communities, bring energy access to the poor and ramp up renewable energy as quickly as we put an end to fossil fuels.”
“Since rich countries have a greater historic responsibility to act, they should provide support to poorer countries to help expand non-carbon energy and drive economic development as part of their fair share of global action, with a focus on meeting the urgent priority of providing universal access to energy,’’ the organisations said.
The civil society group stressed that the world could either start now in pursuing a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry and a just transition to renewable energy or it can delay action and bring about economic upheaval and climate chaos.
“The first step in this effort is a simple one: Stop digging. No additional fossil fuel development, no exploration for new fossil fuels, no expansion of fossil fuel projects. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground,” the group insisted.
The Paris agreement
One year ago in Paris, the world came together to finalise a new agreement to address the climate crisis.
Together, countries committed to holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this will significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.
The Paris Agreement has entered into force.