Petition: Stop Excluding Military Pollution from Climate Agreements
To: Participants in COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, November 1-12, 2021
From: GCOMS Global Campaign On Military Spending
You can sign the petition here.
As a result of final-hour demands made by the U.S. government during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military greenhouse gas emissions were exempted from climate negotiations. That tradition has continued.
The 2015 Paris Agreement left cutting military greenhouse gas emissions to the discretion of individual nations.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included.
NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it.
There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution.
We ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to “offset” emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located.
Find out more and sign the petition here.
This petition has been signed by Extinction Rebellion Peace; RootsAction.org; Trident Ploughshares; World BEYOND War; Climate Change & Militarism Project of Veterans For Peace; Peace & Justice (Scotland); Peace Fresno; Hunter Peace Group; California for a World BEYOND War; Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois; Veterans For Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter, Mid-Valley, Oregon; Veterans For Peace 115; Seattle Anti-War Coalition; Veterans For Peace 115; Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education; Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Veterans For Peace; ARGE Schöpfungsverantwortung; Australian Religious Response to Climate Change; Assemblée Européenne des Citoyens; Australian Nonviolence Projects; Bagwe Agro-Forestry and Cashew Programme; Baltimore Nonviolence Center; Beati i costruttori di pace; Centre for Peace Advancement and Socio-Economic Development; Centro Documentazione del Manifesto Pacifista Internazionale; Choose Life Abort War Podcast For Peace; Citizens Aware of Government Activities; Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Washington DC; Drawdown Toronto; Earth Care not Warfare; Environmental Defense Institute; Extinction Rebellion GreyPower; FMKK, the Swedish antinuclear movement; Friedensregion Bodensee e.V.; Friends for Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention; Friends of the Earth Australia; Frontline Action on Coal; Fundacion De Estudioa Biologicos; Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace; Global Mediation Team; Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; Grand Parents Climate Campaign; Grassroots Peacebuiding Organization; Green Party of Monmouth County NJ; Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action; Hawaii Peace and Justice; Human Environmental Association for Development; Hunter Peace Group; Independent and Peaceful Australia Network; Indo Canadian Workers Association; Kathy Loper Events.com Leveretts MA PEACEWORKS Now Group; Levis Productions, ltd.; LIFT Toronto; Maine Natural Guard; Mani Rosse Antirazziste; Marrickville Peace Group; Midcoast Green Collaborative; Monterey Peace and Justice Center; Movement for the Abolition of War; Movimiento por un mundo sin guerras y sin violencia; National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee; Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine-Israel Canada; No More Bombs; Nonviolent Austin; Oregon PeaceWorks; Our Climate Declaration NZ; Pacific Peace Network, Party for Animal Welfare; Peace & Justice (Scotland); Peace & Planet News; Peace Action Maine; Peace Action of San Mateo County; Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois; Peace Movement Aotearoa; Peace Women Partners; Permaculture for Refugees; Preventnuclearwar-Maryland; Progresemaj esperantistoj/progressive Esperanto speakers; Progressive Democrats of America CA; ReThinking Foreign Policy; Rise Up Times; Roy Kendall Inc.; S.A.P. Pressing; Science for Peace; Science for Peace Canada; Seattle Anti-War Coalition; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet; La Socio-ecological union international; Solar Wind Works; St. Pete for Peace; Suffolk Progressive Vision; Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery; Bimblebox Alliance Inc.; Center of International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights; Touching Earth Sangha; Universal Alliance; Veterans For Peace 115; Veterans For Peace Chapter 14 Gainesville Fl; VFP#035; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Italia; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Canada; Women Against Military Madness; working group elektrbiology; World BEYOND War-Central Florida; Athena 21; Begegnungszentrum für aktive Gewaltlosigkeit; Center for Encounter an Active Non-Violence; CODEPINK – Women for Peace; CODEPINK Golden Gate; Corvallis (Oregon) Friends Meeting; Corvallis Divest from War; Disarmament and Security Centre; Internationaler Versöhnungsbund; Leveretts MA PEACEWORKS Now Group; Peace House Gothenburg; Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; Social Justice Coalition; Traprock Center for Peace & Justice; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis; Veterans For Peace, Chapter 113-Hawai’i; Women in Black Vienna; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, UK;
We also ask organizations to sign a similar petition created by Conflict and Environment Observatory here.