The Demands

Admit failure: There is no viable pathway for staying below the global 1.5°C warming limit.

Governments are breaking their commitment enshrined in the Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to stay below 1.5°C of warming. Global emissions hit an all-time high in 2021 while governments spent more subsidising fossil fuels in 2021 than they did in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was signed. Senior academics accept there is no viable pathway for staying below 1.5°C. The IPCC’s most optimistic scenario for staying below 1.5°C requires global emissions to peak before 2025 and be reduced by almost half (43%) by 2030. Even that would likely lead to 1.5°C being exceeded in the next ten years. The world has simply run out of time.

Cancel debt: Demand the world community cancel financial debt owed by countries that have done the least to cause climate change

A 1.5°C+ world will soon become a reality for everyone. But for billions of people living across the global south, there is already no climate ‘safe zone’. According to UNICEF, over 20 million people (of whom, 10 million are children) are at risk of starvation in the horn of Africa from one of the worst drought spells. Consecutive years of below-average rainfall in the Horn of Africa have created one of the worst climate-related emergencies of the past 40 years. To make matters even worse, the same impacted countries are being forced to repay debt to rich countries which historically contributed most to causing the climate crisis. With a 1.5C+ world fast approaching, the cancellation of debt is a matter of common sense and climate justice. For more information, visit coalition partner Debt For Climate.

Cut emissions now: Initiate a just and rapid decarbonisation of the transport sector. The German transport sector is in tight grip of the car industry lobby. Almost no greenhouse gas emission reductions have been achieved. However, during an energy and cost of living crisis, saving fossil fuels through a speed limit on motorways and making public transport affordable (9€ ticket) is not only logical but imperative.