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New York City to bring lawsuits against five of the biggest oil companies

Full details of this breaking story are to be found in The Times: January 11th 2018 article by Robin Pagmanenta, Deputy Business Editor.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/oil-firms-face-global-warming-lawsuit-bl7fc9xf9

The global warming lawsuit claims that these oil companies have contributed towards global warming.  The first lawsuit will be brought against BP and Royal Dutch Shell.  New York city’s mayor will be claiming damages worth billions of dollars from the companies.

New York city has spent $20 billion on schemes to boost the resilience of the city to flooding  and other effects of climate change.  The mayor, Bill de Blasio, is a Democrat and is quotes as saying: “We’re bringing the fight against climate change straight to the fossil fuel companies that knew about its effects and intentionally misled the public to protect their profits…“As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient.”

The oil industry has been aware for decades that burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change.  This issue has been outlined in chapter 4 of my book “Three Generations Left: Human Activity and the Destruction of the Planet”, which provides data to substantiate the issue; it particularly focuses on ExxonMobil, which is one of the companies that New York City is bringing a lawsuit against, together with Chevron and Conoco Phillips.

de Blasio made the announcement as he unveiled plans for the city’s five pension funds to end their investments in fossil fuel companies. “New York City is standing up for future generations by becoming the first major US city to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels,” he said.  The city would submit a “joint resolution to pension fund trustees to begin analysing ways to divest from fossil fuel owners in a responsible way that is fully consistent with fiduciary obligations”.

Other American cities are also filing lawsuits against fossil fuel companies.

These actions are also in line with a UK initiative, which is crowdfunding to raise funds to sue the UK government for not acting to meet its targets agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement (see earlier blog on this website). However, whilst important in drawing attention to the plight the world is in, action is needs on other fronts as well, so that the use of fossil fuels worldwide declines more rapidly.

 

 


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Pacific Climate Warriors: Declaration on Climate Change

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.

THE DECLARATION

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

We are calling for world leaders to commit to building a better, more just world for ourselves and for generations to come. 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. We call on the world to:

  • 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:

https://350.org/cop23-live-blog/?akid=28746.3178943.2nWnSA&rd=1&t=9&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

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:

https://gofossilfree.org/?akid=29706.3178943.gC1gGy&rd=1&t=8&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit