COP27: Stop Excluding Military Pollution from Climate Agreements
Approved by members of the Board on October 14, 2022. The Board of JUUstice Washington voted to add their name to the petition put forward by WorldBeyondWar.org to go to COP27 taking place in Egypt November 6-18th.
“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.”
We encourage our UU congregations, allies and partners to consider signing on as well.
For those of you who attended GA, an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) on this very topic was proposed: “Code Red for Humanity Protect the Livable Planet We Love -Addressing the Climate Impacts of Military Emissions.” Although it did not receive enough delegate votes to make the top 3, it’s still an important issue for UUs to be engaged in.