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Ban fossil fuel industries in climate talks

August 2016, warmest august in last 136 years, according to NASA Goddard Institute for space studies. The major reason these months are crossing records to be warmest is burning of fossil fuel and blame goes to  those fossil fuel industries. And these every evidences of changes have led us to believe and face the fact of climate change, which is getting more real every year.

The 7 warmest years in record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record. (Source: NASA/GISS). The average temperature in the first six months of 2016 was 1.3C warmer than the pre-industrial era, according to NASA.

Fossil fuel

The major reason of temperature rise is increasing carbon dioxide level (CO2) in atmosphere. Before industrial era, CO2 level was around 260–270 parts per million (ppm), considerably below the commonly assumed value, 280ppm marks the normal high point.  We passed 300 (ppm) in 1910 and are at 404.06 ppm today. Below is chart that gives clear CO2 level over the last 10 years.

Global Temperature

These records are no more hidden to anyone to deny the fact climate change. The countries around the world gather each year to address the issue of climate change over the agenda of mitigation and adaptation approach under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of parties (COP) for decisions and agreements.

Youth activist, leaders are frequently pushing negotiations and its agreement to make concrete actions over minimizing climate change effects and replacing fossil fuel industries with renewable source of energy. But the most influence, strong agreement and conference on climate change, UNFCCC COP, itself are sponsored by those coal mining industries and cooperates that invest on coal mining.

Like in Paris summit, large number of Fossil Fuel Company had sponsored. Three in particular sponsors mentioned were Engie, European electric utility company – largest importer  of natural gas and French electric utility that operates several major coal-fired power plants and BNP Paribar- multinational bank with billions of dollar invested in coal mines and coal fired power plants.

With these sponsor, climate agreement itself seems to be a white lie with decisions that still has opened two paths: one for fossil fuel industries and next for renewable energy. How does it seem to have any positive side for future in perspective of climate change including fossil fuel industries in climate talks? When talk and agreement is about combating climate change and its effects while the focal problems are led by those industries. There can only be one way through and that’s “banning fossil fuel and industries” in life and climate summit. It’s clear , those or what brings problems can’t be or their involvement can’t give a solution for the same problem.

Realizing the fact, the examples can be taken as World Health Organization (WHO) that undertook the legally binding treaty known as “WHO convention on Tobacco control”.

Activists have repeatedly protested fossil fuel industry presence at the climate talks. Last year, in Poland, activists rallied outside a World Coal Industry that was planned in conjunction with the talks. Civic society has been launching campaigns to warn the influence and involvement of fossil fuel industries.  Corporate Accountability International (CAI) is circulating the petition that calls on nations to protect “the UN climate talks and climate policy making around the world from the influence of big polluters.”

People are advocating through different mediums and the only way we can stop the interference of those industries is to raise voice together through different mediums  to kick out fossil fuel and industries.

Sagarika Bhatta
environmentalist, blogger, researcher, activist, climate tracker, Vice president at Tourism Development Organization

Sagarika is an environmentalist, blogger, researcher, activist and climate tracker. She is the Vice president of Tourism Development Organization, working with one of the objective to engage in current issues in environment and development, since 2006. She is also the Program Manager of Power shift Nepal, a climate change campaign launched under 350.org and the Program Coordinator of "The Erasmus Plus" Program "You.com": youth in reuse and recycling

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