Half a million people urge G20 to ditch fossil fuel subsidies and commit to climate finance
Ahead of the G20 Summit in Turkey, over 550,000 people have called on leaders to pledge to stop funding fossil fuels and commit instead to long-term climate funding pledges.
Alex Wilks, Campaign Director of Avaaz said: “When it comes to action on eliminating dirty fossil fuel funding, the G20 is like a drunk at a wedding, it is charming and enthusiastic at night then can’t remember a thing the next day. With two weeks to go to the Paris climate summit, leaders need to switch dirty billions from fossil fuels and need to support vulnerable communities facing climate change devastation.”
The campaign, launched this week by global civic movement Avaaz is calling for leaders to address the $40 bln Green Climate Fund shortfall and agree to extend and expand it beyond 2020.
In addition, Avaaz has been campaigning for an end to the incredible $452 trillion paid out in fossil fuel subsidies and to layout a timetable to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, something which G20 leaders agreed in 2009.
The organisation says that countries should not keep finance back to hold the Paris climate deal ransom and convert their financing for fossil fuels to stimulate a worldwide transition to a 100% clean energy future.
To see the full Avaaz campaign, click here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/finance_100_clean_loc2/?slideshow