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What you can do about the Paris Agreement

When the Trump administration announced its decision to leave the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the world responded in outrage. Indeed, this decision is an extreme outcome of conflicts of interest run amok, and it does not reflect the will and interests of most people in the United States or around the world.

But all is not lost.

For the past few years, Corporate Accountability International and our allies around the world have been advancing a conflict of interest policy at the international level that will protect climate policy from the outsized influence of the fossil fuel industry. In May, for the first time, this issue took front and center at the U.N. climate treaty meetings.

As Global South governments pointed out, we wouldn’t let the fox guard the henhouse, so why do we allow big polluters and those representing their interests to participate in creating climate change policy? In fact, because of the rules of the Paris Agreement, it’s likely that over the next four years, the U.S. will continue to play a role in the negotiations. And you can be sure that U.S. delegates will attempt to push the fossil fuel industry’s profit-driven agenda.

The rest of the world must act boldly and swiftly to protect the Paris Agreement from corporate interference and advance a conflict of interest policy at the next Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23).

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To: Government representatives to the United Nations,

I stand with the governments calling for an end to big polluter conflicts of interest at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In order for the UNFCCC to create strong climate policy that protects people and the planet from climate catastrophe, we need to remove big polluters from the policymaking table.

I am calling on you to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and stand with the government leaders calling for a conflict of interest policy at the UNFCCC.

This petition is sponsored by the following partnered organizations: Amazon Watch, As You Sow, Climate Hawks Vote, ClimateTruth.org, Corporate Accountability, Daily Kos, Defend Our Future, Environmental Action, Oil Change International, People Demanding Action, Rainforest Action Network, RootsAction.org, SierraRise, Watchdog.net, and Corporate Europe Observatory.