Press release: Cambridge leads fight against expansion of fossil fuel use ahead of climate summit

25 October 2021

Cambridge has put itself at the forefront of action on climate change by backing moves to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel use.

Cambridge City Council became the first local authority in the UK to endorse a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty after members unanimously passed a motion proposed by Green Party councillor Hannah Copley.

The city’s leaders are also writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge him to commit the country to supporting an FFNPT as he prepares to host the crucial COP26 summit that will begin in Glasgow on Sunday (October 31).

In a passionate speech, Abbey ward representative Cllr Copley said: "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was described as ‘a code red for humanity’ by the Secretary General of the United Nations and we cannot fail to listen to this stark warning.

Implementation of the proposed global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty is vital. Continuing coal, oil and gas production, and in fact increasing it, is incompatible with a safe or habitable planet.

The UK is the country with the fifth highest cumulative historical CO2 emissions. We have a particular responsibility to decarbonise, for communities in the global south on the frontline of the climate crisis due to our huge contribution to the crisis that affects them today.

“Here in the UK the Government are set to approve Cambo, which is a massive new oil field north-west of the Shetland islands. To be on the brink of approving a new oil field as the host of COP26 is the height of hypocrisy.

It makes a mockery of our climate commitments and must not go ahead."

Cambridge has aligned itself with other major world cities that have backed calls for a FFNPT, including Barcelona, Toronto, Los Angeles and Sydney.

City leaders will write to the Prime Minister and Alok Sharma MP, president of COP26, asking them to endorse the proposed treaty.

By passing Cllr Copley’s motion, Cambridge City Council also affirmed its commitment to the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global heating to 1.5°C.

Click here for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty movement’s press release

Image: Councillor Copley with fossil fuel protestors in Cambridge

Councillor Hannah Copley with fossil fuel protestors

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