Letter calls on G7 leaders to rapidly redirect financial flows, adopt a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty & finance climate resilient development
Every day, we are feeling and witnessing the effects of climate change—drought, wildfire, floods, extreme heat, hurricanes, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss—and this is just the beginning. The science is clear: governments must do more to avert climate catastrophe, but it is also possible and a cleaner-greener world awaits.
The upcoming G7 Summit hosted by Germany presents a critical opportunity to demand change from leaders positioned to change the course of history. From June 26 to June 28 the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the USA, and the European Union will meet. The G7 countries account for nearly 40% of the global economy and the burning of 25% of global fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) for energy—the primary source (over 85 percent) of greenhouse gas pollution.
In November 2021, Germany’s new coalition government pledged that Germany will use its G7 presidency to establish climate partnerships, along with an “international climate club” which would be open to all countries.
From January 2022 to May 2022, a dozen Citizens’ Climate International (CCI) members from ten countries worked within and monitored carefully several Civil Society networks representing over 300 global organizations that sent demands to the G7 in Germany this year.
The day after World Environment Day (June 5), CCI launched a digital letter campaign to urge the G7 leaders based on the key climate demands sent to the G7 leaders. The campaign is called “G7 Leaders Steer Us To Safety”. Currently, mire than 500 letters have been sent to the G7 leaders from 49 countries including 200 letters sent from the Global South.
The G7 has shown itself capable of steering the G7 economies to safety during times of crisis. It emerged out of the energy crisis in the early 1970s. It navigated the economy out of the financial collapse in 2007-2008. The G7 in Germany June 26 to June 28 is their moment. The letter reads as follows:
Dear Leaders of the G7,
The word government comes from the Latin word “gubernare” which means “to steer”. The primary duty of our governments is to create policies that will steer us away from danger both immediate and long-term. These policies must be rooted in a human-rights and gender-justice framework.
We are in danger. The three recent IPCC reports warn unequivocally that human activity is creating climate change and the impacts will be catastrophic unless rapid and drastic actions are taken within the next 8 years. These impacts are already frequent and severe and will continue to hit hardest those who least contribute to the climate crisis.
At this critical moment, you have the power to transform our global economy and create a resilient and equitable world. Since the energy crisis of the early 1970s, you have been building the economic and social frameworks to steer us to safety at times of crisis. We can and must transform our economies away from fossil fuels at wartime speed. To protect us all from climate catastrophe, the G7 leaders must:
Rapidly redirect financial flows away from fossil fuels and towards an equitable and resilient future. These policies must align with the Net Zero Scenario from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Negotiate the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to complement the Paris Agreement and financially support a rapid, equitable, and managed phase-out of fossil fuels.
Finance successful adaptation and resilience measures to keep vulnerable communities safe from preventable harm.
We are in a Code Red emergency. There is a narrow window of opportunity for successful climate-resilient development; we have no time to lose. Every action you take could save millions of lives. This is your moment. History has its eyes on all of you.
No one is safe until we are all safe. Anyone wishing to send a letter asking the G7 leaders to steer us to safety can do so at citizensclimate.earth/g7
UPDATE ON FRIDAY LUNCHTIME
Citizens’ Climate International added this information about G7 today:
In just two days the G7 leaders will meet in Germany. Way back in November 2021, the newly-elected coalition in Germany pledged to use its G7 presidency to establish climate partnerships, along with an “international climate club” which would be open to all countries. The German Presidency formally invited Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa to the G7 Summit and hundreds of Civil society networks engaged with German G7 presidency this year – including us.
A lot has happened in the past eight months. Amidst global ongoing conflict and humanitarian crises in Sudan and Afghanistan among others, Russian President Putin ordered the illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February. In March, Citizens’ Climate International joined more than 450 organizations in 50 countries in calling for a ban on the import of Russian oil and gas, which provide funding for Vladimir Putin’s war machine. We also joined in the call to move toward the phase out of all climate-destabilizing fuels.
On Thursday, June 16, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accepted an invitation from the G7 president to attend the G7 Summit, too.
Ukrainian Olha Boiko, coordinator of the Climate Action Network for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (CAN-EECCA) sent a message to climate allies, observing how civil society and community engagement made it possible for Ukrainians to stand up together against an illegal war:
“Build civil society in your countries like your lives depend on it.” – Olha Boiko
At CCI we have supporters in 189 countries around the world. And we have been engaging the Civil Society networks since 2011. We also know from the three recent IPCC reports that not only must we pivot off of fossil fuels quickly, it is possible to do so.
Please send a letter to the G7 leaders today asking them to #SteerUsToSafety if you have not already done so.