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“Industries that have fueled the climate crisis, funded climate change denial, and hampered just climate progress for decades must pay for the damage they caused. Holding them accountable is as much about legal and economic responsibility as it is about the obligation to end the practices that led this crisis from the beginning. "
We urge you to take action to hold the industries and corporations that have fueled and continue to worsen the climate crisis, and their executives, accountable to advance global climate justice.
For decades, big polluters like Exxon, Shell, and others have spent a billion dollars financing and denying the climate crisis, delaying action, and promoting bogus “solutions” at every level — while earning millions in profits each year. And despite what their green advertising says, they continue to do the same, as do other polluting industries such as agribusiness.
People around the world fight to protect their lands from rising seas, to protect their loved ones from extreme weather events, and to protect their lives and livelihoods from floods, droughts, pipelines, the brutal extraction of fossil fuels. , deforestation, destruction of natural ecosystems, land grabbing and other violations of their rights. Communities in the global South, women, youth, indigenous peoples and other communities on the front lines of the climate crisis urgently need funding to make a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels and "false solutions" such as markets for carbon and emissions offsets, bioenergy and geoengineering — to advance solutions that put communities first and drive our future: solutions like leaving fossil fuels underground, practicing agroecology, protecting vital ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and other solutions enshrined in the Peoples' Demands for Climate Justice.
These just and true solutions to address climate change are within our grasp, and have been demonstrated and practiced for decades by communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. Applying these solutions requires financial resources. This is something that corporations and their executives already owe to these communities, a debt whose distribution must be surrendered to these communities as they try to restore balance with nature.
Industries that have fueled the climate crisis, funded climate change denial, and hindered fair climate progress for decades must pay for the damage they caused. Holding them accountable is as much about legal and economic responsibility as it is about the obligation to end the practices that led this crisis from the beginning.
That is why the world's communities take action to hold polluting industries accountable for the damage they caused. We urge you to join this effort.
We are already experiencing tipping points that indicate a dangerously close planetary collapse. It is time for a courageous and fair response to the climate crisis. It is time to listen to the global South, to the youth, to those on the front lines, to the indigenous peoples and the communities that are leading the way. It's time to stop Big Polluters and corporate climate lobbies from writing the rules. It is time to hold the people responsible for the damages and losses they caused and for a just transition to sustainable models in impacted communities and territories, particularly those in the global South. It is time for them to pay.
Source: Make Big Polluters Pay