Activists call on elite at World Economic Forum to declare climate emergency

Open Letter from Activist Leaders World Economic Forum Delegates

‘Activist Leaders Call on World Economic Forum Delegates to Declare Climate Emergency’

We #StandTogether with hundreds of millions of people around the world committed to climate justice, economic transformation, equality, human rights, the environment, gender justice, and the rights of workers, children, refugees, Indigenous peoples and faith-based communities. 

To limit global warming to 1.5°C we must halve global emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

We believe it’s time for decision-makers attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos to declare a Climate Emergency in their own countries and companies and urgently take the measures necessary to protect humanity and our planet. 

Governments, businesses, investors and civil society must collaborate rapidly to transform our economic system by the end of the decade, to stop climate chaos while tackling inequality and upholding human and labor rights. 

To deliver a just transition for workers and communities we must

  • End Fossil Fuel Exploration and Extraction – Rapidly phase out exploration, extraction and use, with high-income countries making the fastest reductions and investors divesting from fossil fuels. 
  • End Fossil Fuel Subsidies – Redistribute the 5.2 USD Trillion in subsidies for fossil fuels to support renewable energy and bolster social protection systems.
  • Make Polluters Pay – Put a meaningful price on pollution and make emitters pay for the true cost of their activities on human health and the environment.

We believe it’s time to build a thriving, regenerative and more equal future that delivers gender justice and leaves no one behind. This will require companies to comply with laws that respect human rights and the environment, work in a transparent and accountable manner to get transformative policies in place and implement due diligence to identify, disclose and address negative impacts.

Without such leadership, the focus of this 50th World Economic Forum in Davos on ‘Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World’ will ring hollow and we will be unable to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

As we begin this decisive decade, it's time for governments and companies meeting at Davos to decide whether they stand with humanity for our common future. 

Amnesty International
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Global Call to Action Against Poverty
Global Witness


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