September 24, 2019

Fossil Fuels On the Run At Climate Summit

After more than 4 million people went on strike with a loud clear message to phase out fossil fuels and for transformative climate action, world leaders failed to deliver at the UN Climate Summit.

Despite Secretary General António Guterres insisting that countries bring with them promises of meaningful action, such as vowing to reach net zero emissions by 2050, cutting fossil fuel subsidies and ceasing construction of coal-fired power plants little was delivered

Fossil fuel production is on the rise globally, in stark contrast to the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, which require both oil and gas production to decline significantly. A new analysis set to be released in November finds that the world is on track to produce 50% more fossil fuels by 2030 than would be consistent with a 2-degree Celsius pathway, and 120% more than would be consistent with a 1.5-degree Celsius pathway. 

Across the globe and partners are working with frontline communities and grassroots organisations to resist fossil fuel infrastructure which makes staying below 1.5 impossible. A new map launched by during climate week highlights 30 campaigns where is actively engaged with partners in fighting fossil fuel infrastructure.

“We must stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry immediately. Not a single new mine can be dug. Not another pipeline built. Not one more emitting powerplant fired up. And we have to get to work transitioning away from the systems we already have.”  May Boeve, Executive Director,

“The massive global climate strikes have shown that the world that we are prepared to take action and the dirty fossil fuel party is over.  Going forward our job is to keep up a steady drumbeat of actions, strikes and protests that gets louder and louder throughout 2020.” said Boeve. “Governments need to follow through to act at the source of the flames that are engulfing our planet and phase out coal, oil, and gas production.”