Loretto/BVM at the UN Supports the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation treaty (FFNPT) is a proposal for a new international mechanism to complement the Paris Climate Agreement and address the root cause of the climate crisis: fossil fuels. This proposed treaty would manage the fossil fuel phase-out in a way that is fast, fair and financed. It would accelerate an equitable shift away from fossil fuels to affordable, abundant clean energy for all.
In September Loretto/BVM at the UN participated in the March to End Fossil Fuels. We were happy to join with other members of the Justice Coalition of Religious and tens of thousands of people, young and old, who took to the streets in Midtown Manhattan. The purpose of this event, held during Climate Week NYC 2023, was to demand that President Biden and other world leaders end our addiction to fossil fuels. But how could the world tackle such a huge challenge in a way that is fair to all countries?
One of the co-originators of the idea of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Canadian lawyer and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, spoke about the FFNPT at the Committee of Religious NGOs Climate Working Group in May 2022. You can also watch Tzeporah talk about the origins of the FFNPT as part of 2021 U.N. Disarmament Week here.
There is now enough affordable, renewable energy capacity in every region of the world to power people’s lives and communities. It’s time to leave behind the pollution, economic, climate and security risks caused by coal, oil and gas.