Climate change poses a direct threat to our homes and our people. The continuous burning of fossil fuels is leading to accelerated sea level rise, longer more intense heat waves, and exacerbated natural disasters. At the rate that the developed world is digging up and burning fossil fuels, climate change will continue to have disastrous impacts on those who have done the least to cause these problems.
For more than two decades, negotiations have failed to deliver the action required to protect our homes and livelihoods from dangerous climate change. Communities everywhere are stepping up to ensure that their voices are heard and that the leadership vacuum left by world leaders is filled and they deliver the change we need at the pace we need to avoid catastrophic climate change. We, the Pacific Climate Warriors, on behalf of the communities we are from, call for more ambitious action on climate change from our world leaders.
This year, with Fiji confirmed as the President of COP 23, the Pacific region will show the world what true climate leadership is. We will highlight for the world what climate change in the Pacific looks like and how inaction on climate change exacerbates that threat.
As Pacific Climate Warriors from across the Pacific region representing various grassroots, frontline and indigenous communities, and with support from around the world, we are calling for world leaders to commit to building a better, more just world for ourselves and for generations to come.
In order to do this, we call for:
The immediate phase-out of existing fossil fuel projects — the banning of all new fossil fuel infrastructure, shutting down of existing ones and canceling planned expansions. This should also coincide with commitments to rapidly transition towards 100% renewable energy, by no later than 2050.
Immediately deliver the finance and support needed for countries already facing irreversible loss and damage. As well as the immediate establishment of adaptation mechanisms to cope with ongoing climate impacts.
The prohibition of the fossil fuel industry from participating in the UNFCCC processes so that they can no longer delay, weaken and block action on climate change.
The actioning of everything the Paris Agreement called for, including international efforts to ensure global average temperatures do not exceed 1.5 degrees from pre-industrial levels.
Climate change is real and impacting now, and it’s imperative that we stand up for the Pacific, and the global community, and act now to avoid further climate catastrophe. This COP should be about the people, not the profits and the polluters.
Sign the Declaration
- End the era of fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy.
- Support the immediate delivery of finance needed for countries already facing irreversible loss and damage.
- Kick the big polluters out of the climate talks.
- Do what is needed to limit warming to 1.5°C.
The declaration can be signed at: https://haveyoursei.org/?source=conf&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit
A video from the Pacific Climate Warriors is shown below:
The Pacific Climate Warriors have now gathered in Germany, in one of Germany’s biggest coal producing areas, to draw attention to this and to campaign at the COP23 Climate Change Conference. Further details of this can be found at:
20th November 2017
The COP23 conference is now over but the Pacific Climate Warriors feel very much empowered by it, designating 2018 as a year of local action.
Here is another video that they have produced: