Politicians should make climate laws to protect people – not please the fossil fuel industry. It’s time to demand #FossilFreePolitics.
More than two-thirds of man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from the fossil fuel industry. The fossil fuel industry rakes in billions in profits, while heating the planet and destroying communities.
For decades fossil fuel companies and their lobbyists have denied science, delayed, weakened, and sabotaged climate action. Despite knowing that their business model is killing our future. This stops now.
The only way forward is to ensure that climate policy is made entirely in the public interest. There is a fundamental conflict between the industry’s interests and the public interest. Between their core business and our need to keep global temperature rise below 1.5° C. We need fossil free politics before it’s too late.
Similar to existing restrictions on tobacco industry lobbyists, we need a firewall that protects our democratic institutions and our political decision-making from fossil fuel industry interference. No more private lobby meetings, partnerships, or collaborations.
Our political institutions must champion fossil free politics – starting with the European Parliament and European Commission.
We demand that the EU institutions:
- Institute a firewall to end fossil fuel industry access to decision-making. No lobby meetings; no seats in expert and advisory bodies; no role in public research bodies.
- Stop conflicts of interest. No revolving door between public office and the fossil fuel industry; no industry side jobs or placements; no hiring of industry consultants.
- End preferential treatment of the fossil fuel industry. No involvement in climate negotiations; no place on government delegations to international negotiations or trade missions; no more subsidies or incentives.
- Reject partnerships with the fossil fuel industry. No sponsorships or partnerships; no sharing platforms with industry representatives; no hosting or attending of industry events; no party or candidate donations.