Chris Packham: “We need cessation of further fossil fuel exploration and exploitation”.
BBC Environment correspondent: ”Fossil fuel industry has largest delegation at climate summit”.
Greenpeace: ”Fossil fuel interests have consistently blocked action on reducing fossil fuels, just as tobacco companies lobbied against policies to stop people smoking.”
Global Justice Now: “At the heart of the problem is an economic system which is dependent on economic growth and is based on competition between corporations to create profit for shareholders. The UN isn’t going to deliver what we ultimately need, but it could deliver some breathing space while we push for fundamental transformations”.
War on Want: ”The much-lauded goal of zero emissions by 2050 isn’t zero at all. It is based on ‘offsetting emissions’ not cutting them. These will result in massive land grabs especially in poorer countries, pushing communities from their homes to make way for ‘carbon farm’ forests. And the trillion dollars in private finance announced is largely made up of private sector loans that will leave the poorest countries paying the price of the transition”.
Survival International: ”A massive coal rush in India will destroy the lands and livelihoods of tens of thousands of tribal people unless it is stopped. Vast areas of tribal forests are being sold off without their consent. The impact on efforts to combat the climate crisis will be devastating. The Amazon too is facing devastating levels of deforestation due to illegal mining. Recognising indigeneous land rights is crucial to stopping this”.
Stop the War Coalition: “Modern warfare has contributed to unsustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions. The US military is the single largest polluting agency in the world. If we are to achieve the targetted net zero emissions, an ethical foreign policy has to be one of the pillars of a green economy. Simply put, we must end wars if we want to end warming.
Ed Milliband: ”Modest progress is not enough”.
Cheltenham Activist Network.
(from Glos Echo 25/11/21 page 12)