Civil society groups around the world are calling for a global day of action on climate catastrophe, urging governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and switch to a low-carbon economy.
Action Day will take place on Saturday 12 November, in the middle of the UN COP27 climate talks, which will run from 6-18 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, and is hosted by the Egyptian government.
The policeman 27 The coalition, which activists have been invited to join, will call for an end to the expansion of fossil fuels and to help the poor and vulnerable hardest hit by the climate crisis. They will create grassroots forums for grassroots activism, and call for rallies and protests by millions of people to put pressure on the 196 world governments expected to gather at COP27 talks.
“We must seize this opportunity to demand climate justice and solidarity for Africa and the Global South,” said Ubrei-Joe Maimoni Mariere, Climate Justice and Energy Project Coordinator at Friends of the Earth Africa, which is part of the coalition. To stop the climate crisis and achieve global energy justice, we need To a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels, and a fair, equal and equitable transition to community-based renewable energy systems.We demand the public Climate Finance in the form of grants (not loans) and technology transfer to help support the transition for our peoples.”
Egypt said that civil society organizations will be too Able to participate in Cop27 conversations And organize demonstrations in place, but The right to protest is severely restricted Under the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Activists fear their voices will not be heard, and are calling for multiple protests and actions around the world to show the strength of public opinion on the issue, and put pressure on key nations.
Muhammed Addo, Director, Power Shift Research Center AfricaHe said, “The Cop27 Alliance is a space for Africans to take back control of our collective future. Civil society representing hundreds of organizations of millions of people across the continent is stepping up to show what an Africa could look like that puts communities and well-being at the center of its priorities.”
The Cop27 prospects uncertaindue to geopolitical turmoil and crises since the last meeting of countries, in order to Cop26 summit in Glasgow last November. There, all countries agreed to focus on limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, beyond which many of the effects of the climate crisis will become catastrophic and some irreversible.
Since then, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a provocation The energy crisis that led to high gas pricesWhile food prices have risen sharply, developed and developing countries are facing a crisis in the cost of living.
China and the United States, which announced a historic cooperative agreement on climate at Cop26, are now at loggerheads over Taiwan. Right-wing populist leaders in some countries are hoping to delay action on the climate crisis, and soaring energy prices have made a huge profit for the fossil fuels that have boosted their industry.
The Cop27 Alliance called on developing countries to “decolonize” economic growth, through the adoption of renewable energy and low-carbon technology. The coalition called for a just transition for workers and communities that depend on fossil fuels, and called on governments to prioritize public health, food sovereignty, agroecology and decent living conditions.
Tasneem Essop, Executive Director of Climate Action Network International, said: “The holding of COP27 on African soil represents a critical opportunity to secure climate justice for people and communities vulnerable to and least responsible for climate catastrophe. Africans and peoples in the Global South are suffering from the devastating effects of climate change, from floods and waves heat and drought leading to food, water and energy security.”