Target: Participants in COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, November 1-12, 2021
We encourage individuals and organizations to sign the petition below, and also ask organizations to sign a similar petition created by Conflict and Environment Observatory here.
We encourage groups and individuals to organize events to advance this message on or about the big day of action in Glasgow on November 6, 2021. Resources and ideas for events are here.
To: Participants in COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, November 1-12, 2021
From: [Your Name]
As a result of final-hour demands made by the U.S. government during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military greenhouse gas emissions were exempted from climate negotiations. That tradition has continued.
The 2015 Paris Agreement left cutting military greenhouse gas emissions to the discretion of individual nations.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included.
NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it.
There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution.
We ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to “offset” emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located.