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Global Greens Congress 2001 - Climate Change

Submitted by: Participants of the Rio+10 International Workshop,
held in Canberra from April 12 – 13, 2001 representing Green movements from over 54 countries

Amended in response to discussion in Climate Change Plenary, 15 April 2001
Agreed unanimously, 16 April 2001

Taking serious note of the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirming the grave impacts of human induced climate change on the international community and environment (such as displacement of human populations due to sea level rise; threats to food and water security, human health and ecosystems; natural disasters, etc);

Acknowledging our duty to protect all living beings;

Recognising the greater vulnerability of developing (majority) nations who have contributed the least to global warming; in particular the small island states; and that the refusal to act now would represent a crime against present and future generations;

Recognising the need to change production and consumption patterns and the role of transnational corporations in impeding such changes; Appalled that only a few nations have taken relevant steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions despite being aware that the impacts of their actions will be most severe on poor countries and indigenous peoples; Noting that the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is an important, if insufficient, first step in the direction of implementing the principle of sustainability in climate policy with the aim of reducing and reversing the general trend towards global warming;

Affirming that future climate negotiations should be based on the principles of equal rights of all human beings (in enriched and impoverished countries) to the Earth’s atmosphere, which is a global commons; Concerned by the urgency with which the world must stop its dependence on fossil fuel energy, and the lack of sufficient pressure on nations to encourage sustainable renewable sources;

Recognising that strong economic and employment opportunities are offered by the renewable energy sector;

Strongly condemn the US administration for its decision, against scientific evidence and ignoring international agreements, to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, especially as the US is responsible for a fourth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions; thus shifting the burden of climate change onto the world’s poor majority;

Affirm the need for an international campaign to “Save the Climate to Save Humanity”;

Call upon the Green Political Parties of the Globe, social and environment movements, and other forces of civil society, the UN Secretary-General and national governments to use their political influence:

1. To have the Kyoto Protocol come into force as soon as possible, and certainly by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.

2. To put pressure on their own governments to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which can become binding international law if at least 55 states ratify, and if the emissions of these states add up to at least 55 per cent of the emissions of Annex I countries.

3. To guarantee the underlying ecological integrity of the Protocol by overcoming the separation of the UNFCCC and the UN conventions on Desertification, Biodiversity, and Wetlands; and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

4. To work actively towards a global moratorium on the destruction of native forests and to develop strategies for the restoration of indigenous forests.

5. To ensure that climate negotiations explicitly recognise the equal right of all human beings to the earth’s atmosphere.

6. To ensure that climate negotiations reflect the urgency of moving from fossil fuel dependency and from the use of nuclear energy to sustainable renewable sources and put pressure on governments to implement policies to bring about this change.

7. To make sure that the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) promotes the transfer of sustainable energy technologies from industrialised to developing countries.

8. To ensure that climate negotiations go beyond the first commitment period agreed to in Kyoto, and that additional long-range targets and timetables are developed.

9. To use whatever peaceful means, including boycott strategies, to put pressure on the US, other countries and corporations that block climate policies.

10. To demand that the EU and the international community continue with the international process of developing sustainable climate policy and make particular use of the Bonn climate change conference in July to advance this issue.

11. And supports a boycott of US-Oil Companies like Exxon, as long as the Bush Government refuses to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

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