G7 – The world is watching

By Paul Atkin

Over 400 signatories including parliamentarians, trade unionists, representatives of the green movement and youth organisations have come together to call on the G7 to pay the $100bn annually promised to developing world countries that the G7 have so far failed to deliver. 

This pledge stems from the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and was reaffirmed in Paris in 2015. This commitment was a recognition that those least responsible for climate change are suffering the worst effects of it. This is the bare minimum needed for the Global South to cope with climate change impacts and to be able to develop without fossil fuels. 

The statement was initiated by The Greener Jobs Alliance, a network of trade unionists and supported by the COP26 Trade Union Coalition and others. 

Statement Signatory Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP said:

 “We are running out of time to stop catastrophic climate change. The G7 will be judged by the rest of the world by what it does more than what it says.  This week’s meeting of G7 Finance Ministers reiterated the commitment but this needs to be acted upon. This statement from parliamentarians, trade unionists and environmentalists in the UK calls for the action needed now from the world’s wealthiest countries to pay their dues to the international community and play their full part in saving our civilisation from impending catastrophe.”

The full statement reads:

The countries meeting at the G7 in Cornwall between June 11th -13th comprise just 10% of the world’s population but hold 62% of the world’s wealth and spend more on their militaries than the rest of the world put together.  

They are responsible for 

 – the lion’s share of historical carbon emissions  

–  and are still investing over $100 billion a year into coal, gas and oil. 

 If the world is to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown the G7 meeting needs not only to commit to 

– single mindedly going flat out for domestic transition to sustainability, but also to  

– stop financing and subsidising fossil fuels and 

– pay its dues to the international community;  including the $100 billion a year pledged at Copenhagen for the developing world to cope both with immediate climate impacts and to develop without fossil fuels and 

– seek global cooperation not conflict. 

 Claims to “global leadership” will be judged the world over against these benchmarks.  

We call on the G7 to meet them.”

You can sign here. https://forms.gle/85dRkDyWp1iqtLpS6

Signatures include (in alphabetical order)

Diane Abbott MP

Bell Ribeiro Addy MP

Meg Baker (Students Organising for Sustainability UK)

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney (Joint General Secretaries National Education Union) 

Richard Burgon MP

Manuel Cortes (General Secretary Transport Salaried Staffs Association) 

Shami Chakrabarti (House of Lords)

Richard Dixon (Director Friends of the Earth Scotland)

Ellen Fearon (President National Union of Students, Union of Students in Ireland)

Jo Grady (General Secretary University and College Union)

Mike Hedges (Member of the Welsh Assembly)

Lily Henderson (Fridays for Future Scotland)

Suzanne Jeffery (Chair Campaign Against Climate Change) 

Kim Knappett (Past President National Education Union)

Hugh Knowles and Miriam Turner (Co Directors Friends of the Earth)

Tahir Latif (Secretary Greener Jobs Alliance)

Caroline Lucas MP

Hannah Martin (Co-Director Green New Deal UK)

Robin McAlpine (Common Weal)

Mark Serwotka (General Secretary Public and Commercial Services Union) 

Tamar Singer (UK Student Climate Network) 

Jake Sumner (Co-Chair Socialist Environment Resources Association)

Mercedes Villalba (Member of Scottish Parliament)

Claudia Webbe MP

Abby Williams (UKSCN Wales)

Beth Winter MP

Sarah Wooley (General Secretary Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union) 

 And over 400 others including members of the public.

For interview requests and further information, email: g7campaign@gmail.com 

Paul Atkin blogs at Urban Ramblings https://urbanramblings19687496.city/ 

Image: Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP. Source: https://members-api.parliament.uk/api/Members/4764/Portrait?cropType=OneOne. Author: David Woolfall, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.