Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

Southern Demands for A Science-based, Just and Fair Sharing of Global Efforts to Confront the Climate Crisis

In the face of multiple struggles to build a new and better world, the climate crisis is one of most urgent challenges confronting all of our peoples. To stabilize the Earth’s climate system, prevent planetary catastrophe and secure a safe, sustainable, just and equitable future -- we must fight for comprehensive social, economic, and political transformation in our countries and globally.

Current levels of global warming – 0.8 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels— are already causing widespread destruction, displacement and loss of lives; even worse impacts in the near future are already certain. We are fighting to prevent these and much worse, and it is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

People are waging this fight in every dimension of their lives— food, energy, health and security, jobs and livelihoods— defending their rights, their communities and the commons, and asserting people-driven solutions and alternatives. These alternatives recognize that— if we are to live well, with justice and dignity and in harmony with nature— there must be a redistribution of power and wealth, a shift to sustainable systems of extraction and production, and a limit to the consumption of resources.

The latest report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tells us that with timely and sufficient global climate actions there is still a chance to keep warming to below 2.0 degrees Celsius – the official target ceiling of the international climate talks – and even below 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is the maximum ceiling acceptable to many of us given the loss and damage posed by further climate impacts.  The IPCC report also confirms that the window of time that allows for this is short and quickly closing. 

Now more than ever, we need to intensify our efforts to build our power and fight for a fundamental transformation of the system. The need to win immediate and concrete victories is urgent— victories that will enable our people to deal with the current as well as future inevitable impacts of climate change, and victories that will translate to significant reductions in emissions that will keep us on track to preventing catastrophic climate change.

In this light, and as part of broader struggles, we are fighting for the following demands for fair, just and equitable sharing of ambitious and adequate global efforts to confront the climate crisis

1. We demand that  ALL governments commit to

  • a global goal of limiting warming to the safest levels still possible based on science
  • a pathway and targets for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reductions that will make it possible to achieve this goal without potentially devastating geo-engineering
  • a fair and equitable sharing of the global emissions budget and the effort to keep within the budget, based on science, historical responsibility and capacity - and without loopholes and offsets

The science shows that there is a definite limit to the amount of GHG emissions the earth can take to keep below the 1.5 degrees ceiling. This limit, referred to as a "global emissions budget," has already been largely consumed— mostly by elites, corporations, and the “developed” countries of the North. This historical overconsumption is the core driver of the climate crisis, and represents the climate debt owed to people and communities who are not responsible for the crisis but bear its worst impacts.

To avoid overshooting the limited remaining budget and to have a good chance of keeping below 1.5 degrees Celsius without resorting to potentially devastating geo-engineering technologies, the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions must take place at the scale and pace that would:

  • Limit global GHG emissions from 2014 onward to a maximum total of 700 gigatons.  This is the remainder of the “global emissions budget” which, starting from the 1800s, was no more than 3000 gigatons.
  • Pursue a pathway of reductions that would make this limit possible. Drastic reductions must be undertaken in the immediate future to have a chance of keeping within the remainder of the budget.   Global GHG emissions by 2030 must be at least 26% lower than 1990 levels, and by 2050 should be at least 71% lower than 1990 levels. This means that by 2020 – in less than 6 years - GHG emissions should be at least 15.5% lower than current levels.   The current most ambitious pledges are still very far below these targets.

The limited remaining global emissions budget and the effort to keep within this budget should be shared equitably based on historical responsibility, capacity and repayment of climate debt.

2. We demand that governments of the North, of "developed countries", stop further delays and deception, commit to and deliver fully and unequivocally their fair share of the effort to solve climate change, ensure a full repayment of the climate debt owed to the peoples of the South, and shift to sustainable and equitable economies through just transitions as quickly as possible.

Current Northern or "developed country" pledges for mitigation actions and climate finance – such as the recent pronouncements by the U.S. – still fall short of their fair share of fulfilling their obligations and repaying their climate debt.  The bigger the shortfall in the fulfilment of mitigation obligations in the North, the greater the suffering in the South!

We demand that governments of the “developed” countries of the North commit to and comply with domestic mitigation targets that represent the full extent of their capacity to carry out domestic mitigation through just transitions and without loopholes, offsets and geo-engineering. However, because their accumulated excessive GHG emissions are so huge, even extremely ambitious domestic actions will not be enough to fulfil their fair share of the effort.

Therefore, we demand that they also commit to and deliver adequate, additional climate finance and technology that will make it possible for the remainder of their mitigation obligations to be undertaken in the South.  This should be separate from and in addition to climate finance and technology for adaptation, and reparations for loss and damage owed to the peoples of the South. The annual $100 billion should be the floor and not the ceiling of their contribution, should be additional to other commitments, and transfers should start immediately. Climate finance should be public, non debt-creating, and should go directly to peoples of the South.  The $9.3 billion so far pledged in the GCF is shockingly dismal to say the least, not only due to the paltry amount, but because there are persistent intentions to deliver these funds to big corporations and private financial intermediaries

3.  We demand that governments of the South, of ‘developing’ countries, stop following the same path of profit-led, destructive high carbon growth that benefit only the elites and taken by the North, by ‘developed’ countries. Instead they should shift to equitable, just, and sustainable development pathways,  start taking on South countries' fair share of the global effort, and be unrelenting in claiming climate finance and technology from Northern  governments for Southern countries to undertake mitigation actions over and beyond their own fair share of the global effort.

Thus far, Southern or "developing" countries bear far less— and for many like the Least Developed Countries— hardly any historical responsibility for the climate crisis.  However, the business-as-usual projections of governments of developing countries show that all these countries will reach a point of exceeding their fair share of the global emissions budget.  This will come sooner for some countries than others, with Least Developed Countries (LDCs) taking a much longer time. 

All Southern or "developing" countries should shift as quickly as possible to more equitable, just, and sustainable pathways.  Even as they should double the intensity of their demands for deep and drastic cuts from the North, they should also take on the GHG emissions reductions necessary to avoid exceeding their fair share of the global emissions budget, which constitutes their contribution to the global effort.  They must commit to clear, long-term emissions reductions goals.  This means, among other actions, desisting from starting new projects that will lock them in to dirty fossil fuel energy for decades.

Developing countries are also compelled to assume part of the mitigation obligations of developed countries, the part which the developed countries can no longer achieve, even with extremely ambitious domestic actions. Because our peoples suffer the first and the worst of the impacts of lack of action, Southern governments must not waver in demanding climate finance and technology from developed country governments in order to undertake mitigation actions with just transition, over and beyond the fair share of developing countries.  And they must similarly demand the climate finance owed by developed countries to enable peoples of the South to deal with adaptation as well as and loss and damage from climate change’s impacts.

We also demand governments of the South ensure that the “right to sustainable development” and “development space” being invoked in the international climate negotiations is truly for the people and communities of the South, and not for private big business and elites.

4. We demand that mitigation commitments by all governments  be immediately translated into concrete policies for transformation of energy systems away from fossil fuel.

Global reduction of GHG emissions requires a rapid transformation of energy systems. Governments should begin with an immediate ban on new fossil fuel projects, a cessation of the expansion of fossil fuel industries, immediate reduction of energy consumption by elites and corporation, a swift and just transition to renewable and clean energy for people and communities, and delivery of climate finance and technology for these to fully happen in the South.

5. We demand all governments to put a stop to false solutions to the climate crisis

In the face of the climate crisis, saving the system rather than changing the system has been the predictable response from the world’s elites, their corporations, and the governments and institutions they dominate.  They continue to delay actions and insist on solutions that do not address the causes and instead are mainly aimed  

at generating profits and capitalizing on peoples' suffering. These false solutions only commodify nature and deepen corporate capture of the commons.

We say no more delays, no more deception, and no more false solutions.

We are movements and organizations from the South, engaged in many struggles for the survival of our people, fighting  for a better world. We are determined to step up our efforts in the multitude of spaces in which to fight for and demand climate justice at the local, national, regional and global levels to get at the root cause of the climate crisis.

 

Signatories

INTERNATIONAL & REGIONAL NETWORKS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)
  • LDC Watch
  • Arab NGO Network on Development (ANDD)
  • Campaña Mesoamericana de Justicia Climatica
  • Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
  • Pan-African Media Alliance for Climate Change (PAMACC)
  • No REDD in Africa Network
  • South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication
  • South Asia Peasants Coalition
  • South Asia Food Sovereignty Network
  • Migrant Forum Asia
  • Third World Network
  • Friends of the Earth International
  • Earth Peoples International
  • African Biodiversity Network (ABN)
  • Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact— AIPP
  • Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  • Alianza Centroamericana por la Resilencia
  • Earth in Brackets
  • ETC Group
  • Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA)
  • IBON International
  • Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
  • PANOS Caribbean – Indi McLymont Lafayette
  • International Forum on Globalization (IFG)
  • Coalición de los Pueblos por la Soberanía Alimentaria (PCFS)
  • Iniciativa Construyendo Puentes
  • Caribbean Rural Women’s Network – Mildred Crawford
  • Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (St. Lucia) – Flavia Cherry
  • Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA/T & T)-Tara Ramoutar
  • Caribbean Women’s Association, (CARIWA) Barbados-Marilyn Rice-Bowen
  • Caribbean Development Activists Women’s Network – Shakira Maxwell
  • Caribbean Youth Environment Network – Shashian Thomas
  • Focus on the Global South

NATIONAL NETWORKS & ORGANIZATIONS

AFRICA

Benin

  • Eco-Benin

Botswana

  • Botswana Climate Change Network

Chad

  • Association des femmes peules autochtones du Tchad (AFPAT)

Côte d'Ivoire

  • ARCADE (Africaine de Recherche de Coopération Pour L’appui Au Développement Endogène)

Djibouti

  • Organisation de Bienfaisance et de Developpement

Kenya

  • Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network
  • Chalimbana River Headwaters Conservation Trust Kenya
  • Climate Change Working Group
  • Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center

Mozambique

  • Justicia Ambiental (Friends of the Earth Mozambique)

Niger

  • Association Nigérienne des scouts de l'Enseignement (ANSEN) du Niger Cordialement

Nigeria

  • Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre
  • Ufedo Foundation Nigeria Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet)
  • Project Igala RUKOF
  • Journalists for Climate Change (JCCC)

Senegal

  • African Forum for Alternatives
  • ARCADE (Africaine de Recherche de Coopération Pour L’appui Au Développement Endogène)

South Africa

  • Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ)
  • Groundwork Friends of the Earth South Africa
  • Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC)
  • Alternative Information and Development Center (AIDC)
  • One Million Jobs Campaign

South Sudan

  • Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO

Tanzania

  • Forum CC-Tanzania

ASIA and the PACIFIC

Bangladesh

  • Bangladesh Krishok Foundation
  • EquityBD
  • SUPRO Bangladesh
  • VOICE Bangladesh
  • Jatiyo Sramik Jote Bangladesh
  • Solidarity Workshop Bangladesh

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Center for Environment, Banja Luka

Indonesia

  • Aksi!
  • Solidaritas Perempuan
  • KRuHA Indonesia
  • debtWatch Indonesia
  • Sawit Watch
  • Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Indonesia

India

  • Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)
  • mines minerals & PEOPLE
  • All India Forum of Forest Movements
  • National Alliance of People's Movements India
  • Water Initiatives Odisha
  • National Coastal Women’s Movement India Kerala
  • Independent Fish Workers Movement India CEED (India)
  • CCJE (India)
  • Kritsankalp (India)
  • Vriksh (India)

Malaysia

  • Friends of the Earth Malaysia
  • Consumers Association of Penang Malaysia

Mauritius

  • Friends of the Earth Mauritius

Nepal

  • All Nepal Women’s Association (ANWA)
  • Women Welfare Society Nepal
  • Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal
  • Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN)
  • Jagaran Nepal
  • National Network on Right to Food Nepal
  • Rural Reconstruction Nepal
  • FIAN Nepal
  • All Nepal Peasants Federation
  • Civic Concern Nepal
  • Center for Socio Economic Research and Development Nepal
  •  INHURED International – Nepal
  • National Federation of NGO Youth Nepal
  •  Friends of the Earth Nepal
  • National Forum for Advocacy, Nepal (NAFAN)
  • Forest Environment Workers Union Nepal (FEWUN)
  • Association of Collaborative Forest Users Nepal (ACOFUN)
  • Dalit Alliance for Natural Resources (DANAR)
  • National Peasants Coalition, Nepal

Pakistan

  • Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILAR) Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

Philippines

  • Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)
  • Freedom from Debt Coalition Philippines and its chapters in Region XII, Iloilo, Negros, Cebu, Western and Southern Mindanao
  • Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
  • Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Philippines
  • Aksyon Klima Philippines
  • Sanlakas Philippines
  •  Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC)
  • Ecological Society of the Philippines
  • Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc.
  • Sarilaya Philippines
  • Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
  • PKKK/National Rural Women Coalition (Philippines)
  • PALAG Mindanao (Philippines)
  • Panay Rural Development Inc. (PRDCI)
  • PhilNet-RDD Philippines
  • Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (Philippines)
  • LILAK-Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights Phils.
  • Gitib Inc. Philippines
  • Our Rivers, Our Life (OROL) Philippines
  • WomanHealth Philippines
  • Partido Manggagawa
  • People’s Movement on Climate Change

South Korea

  • Green Environment Youth Korea
  • Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition

Sri Lanka

  • National Fishers Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka
  • Center for environmental Justice-Friends of the Earth Sri-Lanka

Thailand

  • Thai Climate Justice Working Group

Turkey

  • Ekoloji Kolektifi (Ecology Collective) / Turkey

 

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil

  • Engajamundo Belem Letter Group

Bolivia

  • Encuentro de la Sociedad Civil Boliviana Frente Al Cambio Climatico
  • Coalición de los Pueblos por la Soberanía Alimentaria (PCFS)
  • Grupo de Trabajo de Cambio Climático y Justicia (GTCCJ) de Bolivia
  • Plataforma Boliviana frente al Cambio Climático Campaña
  • Octubre Azul-Bolivia
  • Fundacion Solón -Bolivia

Chile

  • Programa Chile Sustentable
  • Fundacion Sociedades Sustentables

Dominican Republic

  • Brigada Cimarrona Sebastian Lemba, Republica Dominicana

El Salvador

  • Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña (UNES)  

Guatemala

  • Mesa Nacional de Cambio Climático de Guatemala
  • Centro Mesoamericano de Estudios sobre Tecnología Apropiada (CEMAT/Guatemala)

Nicaragua

  • La Mesa Nacional para la Gestión de Riesgo – Nicaragua

Paraguay

  • Friends of the Earth Paraguay

The CARIBBEAN

  • Association of Women’s Organization of Jamaica (AWOJA) – Hermione McKenzie
  • Bahamas Crisis Centre – Sandra Patterson
  • Barbados YWCA – Paige Bryan
  • Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados – Marriane Burnham
  • Christian Aid – Haiti
  • Eve for Life : Emma Petchary, Joy Crawford
  • Foundation Ultimate Purpose [UP] -Suriname
  • Guyana Association of Women Lawyers Help & Shelter, Guyana – Josephine Whitehead/ Danuta Radzik
  • Jamaica Community of Positive Women
  • Jamaica Civil Society Coalition – Horace Levy
  • J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, Gays and All-Sexuals JAMAICA: Latoya Nugent; Karen Lloyd
  • Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – Monique Long
  • Grenada National Organization of Women (GNOW)
  • GROOTS – Jamaica: Lana Finikin
  • National Coalition of Dominican Women
  • Quality of Citizenship Jamaica – Angeline Jackson, Jalna Broderick
  • JAMAICA Institute of Gender and Development Studies – IGDS, Mona : Nadeen Spence JAMAICA
  • Rural Women’s Network (Jamaica) -Soyanni Holness
  • Saint Lucia Crisis Centre Save Foundation – Liesel Daisley
  • SISTREN Theatre Collective (Jamaica) – Lana Finikin
  • Women’s Committee of the G2K (Jamaica Labour Party Youth Arm)
  • WMW {Formerly Women’s Media Watch} (Jamaica) – Hilary Nicholson
  • Women’s Empowerment For Change Woman Inc. (Jamaica) – Joyce Hewett
  • Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC-Jamaica) – Dorothy Whyte
  • Women’s Issues Network of Belize (WINBELIZE)
  • Women Against Rape Inc. -Antigua
  • Young Women’s Leadership Initiative – Ayesha Constable
  • Fifty-One Percent Coalition
  • Women in Partnership for Development & Empowerment – Justine Harrison

INDIVIDUALS

  • Peggy Antrobus, Author, Researcher, Gender Equality and Human Rights Activist, BARBADOS
  • Beverley Anderson-Duncan – Gender Advisor, People’s National Party Executive Committee, JAMAICA
  • Marion Bethel – BAHAMAS Nicole Brown -Environment and Development Practitioner, JAMAICA
  • Crystal Brizan-Gender Equality Practitioner and Activist TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
  • Imani Duncan-Price, Senator, Gender Activist JAMAICA
  • Honor Ford-Smith – Artiste, Gender & Human Rights Activist, Educator JAMAICA
  • Joan French – Women’s and Human Rights Activist, JAMAICA
  • Florence Goldson – Gender and Development Specialist, Human Rights Activist BELIZE
  • Joan Grant Cummings – Gender and Development Specialist JAMAICA
  • Taitu Heron – Gender and Human Rights Specialist JAMAICA
  • Eunadie Johnson, Women’s Equality, Health and Community Development Activist,
  • Georgia Love – Gender Equality Activist, Entrepreneur JAMAICA
  • Jean Lowrie-Chin – Communications Expert, JAMAICA
  • Shakira Maxwell, Gender and Development Specialist JAMAICA
  • Carol Narcisse-Educator, Communications, Gender Equality Practitioner and Human Rights Activists, JAMAICA
  • Adwoa Onuora – Researcher/Educator; Gender and Human Rights Activist, JAMAICA
  • Audrey Roberts-Researcher – Human Rights, Gender and Development; Activist
  • Delores Robinson – Gender Equality Practitioner and Activist TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
  • Dawn Marie Roper – Researcher, Entrepreneur, Gender Equality Activist
  • Maggie Schmeitz – Gender and Youth Development Specialist, SURINAME
  • Danielle Toppin – Gender and Development Specialist BARBADOS
  • Alissa Trotz – Author, Gender Equality and Human Rights Activist, Educator GUYANA
  • Linnette Vassell -Gender & Community Development Specialist, JAMAICA
  • Judy Wedderburn – Gender Equality Practitioner, JAMAICA
  • Mariama Williams – Development Economist, Researcher, Gender Equality Activist
  • Elaine Wint –Communications and Gender Specialist, JAMAICA
  • Alexandria Wong, RN, -Gender Equality Activist, ANTIGUA
  • Victoria M. Segovia (Partnership for Clean Air, Inc.) Associate Professor, Philippine Women's University
  • Dr. Armando Popa
  • Arya Ganaris www.voiceofsolidarity.net
  • Ruth Kruger, Centre for Environmental Rights programme officer (South Africa)