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Climate crisis: Young people demand a fossil fuel non-proliferation agreement as delegates to the conference.
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Climate crisis: Young people demand a fossil fuel non-proliferation agreement as delegates to the conference.


When they took the podium at the Glasgow conference, activists spoke out in force. They pointed out the absurdity that the mere mention of “fossilfuels” in the agreement had resulted in it being deemed absurd. become a sticking point. No COP agreement ever mentioned fossil fuels being the main driver of climate crisis.

A draft text was published Wednesday asking governments to “accelerate phasing out coal and subsidies for fossilfuels” for the first time. Saudi Arabia is one of the major fossil fuel producers. However, they are refusing to use that language. CNN reached out to Saudi officials for comment but they have not yet responded. Analysts expect it to be absent in the final agreement. Australia, the largest exporter of coal in all developed nations has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment.

“I am disgusted at the way that this COP is not managing climate crisis. The final text cannot even mention fossil fuels. “Polluters are more welcomed than people, and this is what youth will continue doing: fighting for the phase-out of fossil fuels,” Mitzi Joelle Tan, a Filipino climate justice activist, said at the conference.

“I live in the Philippines. It is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world. I am so sick of repeating that sentence over and again because I have to talk about my climate traumas and my anxiety in order to make people understand the urgency of the climate crisis. That is the point we must get over. We must get beyond the point of trying to explain why the climate crisis is here.

You can't crop an entire continent out of the fight against climate crisis
The already established Fridays for Future group has been joined by the youth and leaders of Fridays for Future. Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty InitiativeA network of civil society organizations advocating for a swift and just end to fossil fuels. The group had earlier this year organized a letter calling on world leaders to keep fossil-fuels in the ground. It was signed by Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel Prize winners.

The youth addressed an open letter to world leaders claiming that fossil fuels were their generation’s weapons for mass destruction. They demanded that all new oil, gas and coal production be stopped and all existing production halted.

The young activists expressed their support for the treaty, and made a list of demands to world leaders. They also shared their frustration at the failure of the summit.

Tan stated, “We’ve already noticed how the largest delegation at a UN climate summit was the fossil fuel lobbyists.” “We are still not able to see how the fossil fuel industry is responsible for many of our problems.”

More than 100 fossil fuel companies are believed to have sent 500 lobbyists to the COP26According to Global Witness, climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland are more important than any other country at the summit.

The analysis showed that the fossil fuel lobby had approximately two dozen more delegates than the largest country delegation. They also outnumber the event’s official Indigenous constituency by about two to one. This is in addition to the number of delegates representing the eight worst-affected countries by climate change in the last 20 years — Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti, Mozambique (the Bahamas), Bangladesh, Bangladesh, and the Philippines).


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