MIL-OSI Translation: G7 Must Push End of Fossil Fuel Era – Environmental activists from G7 countries call for decisive action for 1.5 degree path

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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. The Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) calls on Chancellor Olaf Scholz, at the meeting of the heads of state and government of the G7 countries, to campaign vigorously for binding commitments in the fight against multiple crises, such as the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the food crisis . From BUND’s point of view, the states urgently need to make an uncompromising decision to end the era of fossil fuels. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine shows our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels. It takes a clear willingness to drastically reduce energy consumption and stop climate-damaging subsidies. The summit begins on Sunday in Elmau, Bavaria. As early as Saturday, the BUND demonstrated in a broad alliance of over 15 civil society organizations in Munich under the motto “Justice goes differently!” -bring path. A clear signal must go out from the G7 summit: we take our responsibility seriously and are moving forward in a spirit of solidarity when it comes to climate protection. That means: decarbonization of its own power sector, a clear no to gas, a clear commitment of billions of dollars in funds for those who have been hit hardest by the crisis. In addition, they must also initiate the mandatory certification of green hydrogen and stop climate-damaging subsidies,” says Antje von Broock, BUND Managing Director. Alexandra Struck, member of the federal board of BUNDjugend, adds: “Seven years after the last G7 summit in the same place, the G7 states are still on the wrong track. At that time, it was agreed that greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 70 percent worldwide by 2050. It is unclear how this goal is to be realistically achieved in practice. This makes us young people angry and frustrates us. It also shows that the climate crisis can only be solved socially and ecologically: Young people in Germany, like other population groups with low incomes, suffer massively from the price jumps of the failed, fossil energy policy! It is time for a radical change of course.” As the largest industrialized nations, the G7 countries are primarily responsible for the climate crisis. With their huge CO2 consumption, they put the entire planet in mortal danger. BUND is therefore calling for countries that use far fewer resources to be given appropriate support by the G7 to deal with the consequences of the climate crisis. Environmental activists from the G7 countries who are active in the BUND network “Friends of the Earth international” demand from the heads of state and government: Kanna Mitsuta, Director Friends of the Earth Japan: “Japan, the G7 host in 2023 , is a latecomer among the G7 countries when it comes to climate protection. Japan still supports new overseas coal-fired power plant projects with public money and is one of the largest financiers of oil and gas projects. The Environment and Energy Ministers’ communiqué committed to phasing out fossil fuel funding abroad, and we call on our government to honor this deal.”Anna-Lena Rebaud, Head of Climate Policy Friends of the Earth France: ” Our President Emmanuel Macron presents himself on the international stage with grandiose speeches as a climate pioneer. But in the last five years, his words have hardly been followed by deeds. His government has twice been severely condemned for inaction on climate. The French government must stop supporting fossil fuel projects and embark on the massive changes needed for a clean and equitable energy system.” Beatrice Olivastri, Director Friends of the Earth Canada: “It is critical that Canada lives up to the established Climate targets met. Our government must phase out international financing for fossil fuel projects by the end of 2022 and end domestic fossil fuel subsidies by 2023. We call on Prime Minister Trudeau and the other G7 leaders to reaffirm commitments to financial investments in renewable energy in the developing world.” Kate DeAngelis, Head of International Finance Program Friends of the Earth United States: “Despite the climate crisis to which the United States seen as the most contributors, the US continues to encourage the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure both domestically and internationally. The United States must finally take a giant leap forward and set out how it intends to meet its commitment to uncompromisingly end fossil fuel financing abroad by the end of the year.”Rachel Kennerley, Head of International Climate Policy Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland: “As one of the world’s largest historical polluters, Britain has a responsibility to support the global effort to cut emissions and help the countries most affected by climate change. Many people have to pay dearly for our dependence on expensive fossil fuels. To alleviate the twin burdens of high living costs and climate crisis, the UK government must phase out existing fossil fuels and commit to not developing new ones. With the expansion of renewable energy in Great Britain and a comprehensive home insulation program, the government can end our dependence on dirty, expensive fuels – and quickly.” Politics. The demonstration is part of the diverse protests surrounding the G7 summit: Website for the demoDue to its many possible uses, hydrogen is currently attracting the interest of business, politics and the public and is already being touted as the “oil of the 21st century”. BUND sees the G7 as having a duty to develop the hydrogen market in a sustainable and fair manner. In an open letter to Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, BUND calls for significant progress in climate protection at the G7 meeting. Contact: Susann Scherbarth, BUND expert for international climate policy/climate justice, Tel. (00 32) 4 86 34 18 37, susann. scherbarth(at)bund.net and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Clara Billen / Lara Dalbudak), Tel. (030) 2 75 86-497 / -531 / -464 / -425, presse(at)bund .netOverview

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