G7: The World is Watching
Initial signatories include Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted (NEU) Mark Serwotka (PCS) Jo Grady (UCU) Manuel Cortes (TSSA) Sarah Wooley (BFAWU) Stephen Smellie (Deputy Convenor UNISON Scotland), Ellen Fearon (NUS) Shami Chakrabarti (House of Lords) Bell Ribeiro Addy MP, Claudia Webbe MP, Diane Abbott MP, Richard Burgon MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Tamar Singer (UKSCN) Meg Baker (SOSUK), Suzanne Jeffery (CACCTU) Hugh Knowles and Miriam Turner Co - Directors of FOE , Richard Dixon Director of FOE Scotland, Robin McAlpine Head of Strategic Development Common Weal, and Morning Star Editor Ben Chacko
The countries meeting at the G7 in Cornwall between June 11th -13th comprise just 10% of the world's population but hold 62% of the world's wealth and spend more on their militaries than the rest of the world put together.
They are responsible for
- the lions share of historical carbon emissions
- and are still investing over $100 billion a year into coal, gas and oil.
If the world is to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown the G7 meeting needs not only to commit to
- single mindedly going flat out for domestic transition to sustainability, but also to
- stop financing and subsidising fossil fuels and
- pay its dues to the international community; including the $100 billion a year pledged at Copenhagen for the
developing world to cope both with immediate climate impacts and to develop without fossil fuels and
- seek global co-operation not conflict.
Claims to "global leadership" will be judged the world over against these benchmarks.
I/We call on all the G7 to meet them.
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