Tuvalu’s problems call for a global agreement to phase out fossil fuel use

Tuvalu’s problems call for a global agreement to phase out fossil fuel use

Tuvalu’s problems call for a global agreement to phase out fossil fuel use

The low-lying country of Tuvalu faces the threat of rising sea levels.

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu urged countries at the COP27 climate summit on Tuesday to adopt a global agreement to phase out fossil fuel use.

The low-lying country, which faces the existential threat of rising sea levels, is the first to make such a call at a leading UN climate conference.

“Warming seas are beginning to swallow our lands, inch by inch. But the world’s dependence on oil, gas and coal cannot wash away our dreams,” Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said.

“We therefore join hundreds of Nobel Peace Prize winners and thousands of scientists around the world in calling on world leaders to join the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to manage a just transition away from fossil fuels.”

Tuvalu is following in the footsteps of its Pacific neighbors in calling for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. Vanuatu called out for the creation of such a mechanism at the UN General Assembly in September.

Only a few small countries have so far endorsed the initiative, but the fossil fuel industry has generally sought to emphasize the importance of energy security in the transition to renewable energy.

Tuesday’s announcement comes amid growing calls for an end to fossil fuel production around the world. European Parliament, The Vatican and: World Health Organization all have backed the proposal in recent months.

The oil and gas giants, meanwhile, have recorded record profits in a time of high energy costs and cost of living crisis.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on all governments to tax the “windfall profits” of fossil fuel companies and redirect the money to people and countries facing rising food and energy prices. suffering loss and damage due to the climate crisis.

Tuvalu’s problems call for a global agreement to phase out fossil fuel use

“Vanuatu and Tuvalu are the first countries to call for a new treaty as a companion to the Paris Agreement to bring oil, gas and coal production into line with the global carbon budget,” Fossil Fuel Treaty President Tseporah Berman said.

“We will look back on this in history as the moment of reckoning with overproduction that locked in further emissions and kept us from bending the curve,” Berman said.

What does the contract require?

The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty seeks to create a general framework to stop any new coal, oil and gas expansion.

Of course, the burning of fossil fuels is the main driver of the climate emergency and A flurry of UN reports Ahead of climate talks in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, he warned that urgent and collective action is needed to avert disaster.

The agreement also calls for ending existing production to prevent global warming critical threshold: 1.5 degrees Celsius and support the transition to renewable energy where no community or country is left behind.

“Great ocean countries have provided so much leadership in international policy-making,” said Harjeet Singh, head of global policy strategy at the Climate Action Network, which includes more than 1,500 civil society groups.

“The big ocean countries pushed for the 1.5C target, they pushed for loss and damage, and now they push for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. This is the next necessary step in international climate policy for climate justice.” Singh said:

Last year, Tuvalu’s foreign minister, Simon Coffey, tried to highlight how vulnerable the country is to global warming in a speech at the COP26 conference. While standing knee deep in the ocean.

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