The world is facing two related challenges that threaten the lives and livelihoods of billions of people: climate change and the global energy crisis related to the competition for resources.
Friends of the Earth recognises that we must challenge the dominant, corporate-driven political and economic model that is the driver of both the global competition for energy and also of climate change.
Industrialised nations which have contributed disproportionately to climate change must take the lead in radically reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases.
In fact, the eight most powerful industrialised countries - the G8 - account for 43 per cent of the emissions causing climate change, yet have only 13 per cent of the world's population. That's climate injustice, because climate change impacts most severely upon the world's poorest people.
World leaders need to take urgent and resolute action that is needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate, so that the entire world can move as rapidly as possible to a stronger emissions reductions treaty which is both equitable and effective in minimising dangerous climate change.
We demand that the long-industrialised countries that have emitted most greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere take responsibility for climate change mitigation by immediately reducing their own emissions as well as investing in a clean energy revolution in the developing world. Developed countries must take their fair share of the responsibility to pay for the adaptive measures that have to be taken, especially by low-emitting countries with limited economic resources.
During the past years, the rich industrialized countries have put unjustifiable pressure on governments from developing nations to commit to emissions' reductions. At the same time, they have refused to live up to their own legal and moral obligations to radically cut emissions and support developing countries' efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts. Once again, the developing countries are being forced to pay for the excesses of the minority in developed countries.
The just and equitable sustainable alternative is energy sovereignty: the power and the right of the people and the communities to have access and decide their energy resources and healthy energy consumption patterns that will lead to sustainable societies. This, combined with the need for all people to share an equitable amount of resources within ecological limits, is essential to achieving climate justice.