New Petition to the Participants in COP27
COP27: Stop Excluding Military Pollution from Climate Agreements
The international ‘No to war – No to NATO’ network encourages its member organizations to support this petition too. (Kristine Karch, Co-Chair of No to NATO)
Governments are hearing our demand! This petition is unchanged from that submitted to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2021. But that does not mean it has had no impact yet. We protested outside the COP26 meetings. At COP27 there are three official events planned on the topic of militarism and climate within the conference. That’s a result of your efforts! Now is a time to further build the demand for action.
To: Participants in COP27 UN Climate Change Conference, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Nov. 6-18, 2022
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 COP27 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.