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Vanuatu promotes fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty, urges Australia to join

Vanuatu has become the first country to launch a diplomatic push for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, a legitimate path to global phase-out of coal, oil and gas threats likened to nuclear weapons. rice field.
In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Nicenike Brovalab called out existential crises caused by rapid global warming, from hurricanes and coral bleaching to wildfires, prolonged droughts and floods.
“Fundamental human rights are being violated and we measure climate change in human life, not in degrees Celsius or tons of carbon,” he said.

“To phase down coal, oil and gas production to 1.5°C and ensure a just global transition for all workers, communities and nations dependent on fossil fuels, We call for the establishment of a non-proliferation treaty.”

The Paris Agreement called on countries to aspire to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but this goal is far off track.
In a statement, Climate Campaign Group 350 compared the proposed treaty to agreements that are pivotal in managing the threat of nuclear weapons and landmines.
Vanuatu, an archipelago of 300,000 people located about 1,750 kilometers east of Australia, has added its voice to calls approved by more than 65 cities and local governments around the world.
These include London, Lima, Los Angeles, Kolkata, Paris and Hawaii. The proposal is also supported by the Vatican and the World Health Organization.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week: “Modern fossil fuel poisoning is not just an act of environmental destruction. From a health standpoint, it is an act of self-sabotage.”

Leading Voices on Climate

Tiny Vanuatu, already carbon negative, is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. About 80 of its islands are threatened by rising sea levels, drought, and severe storms.
In August, it submitted the most comprehensive climate target under the United Nations. To this was added an estimate of how much it would cost major polluters in paying “loss and damage” for historical and ongoing carbon emissions.

The issue is a major issue between rich and poor countries and will be discussed at the next UN climate summit, COP27.

Vanuatu is also leading a campaign to have the International Court of Justice issue an opinion on climate justice and human rights.
Tongan activist Karo Afeaki said: I’m running out of time. “
According to the Climate Action Tracker, the world is on track for a 2.7°C temperature increase by 2100, barring any drastic course corrections.

This level of warming would dramatically alter the global climate system, bringing extreme heat to vast swathes of the planet, depleting biodiversity and water availability, and devastating agriculture and other industries. make an impact.

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