Our Demands

Concretely, we demand that European governments agree to at least 40% domestic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, and provide sufficient and appropriate funding for developing countries to cope with the impacts of climate change, and to develop in a sustainable way.

Climate Justice also means that the steps taken to cut emissions should be fair for everyone in both the global North and the global South, and not include false solutions like nuclear power, carbon offsetting or agrofuels.

We will take our struggle forward not just in climate talks, but on the ground and in the streets, to build a movement for climate justice and promote genuine solutions that include:

  • Leaving fossil fuels in the ground and investing instead in appropriate energy- efficiency and safe, clean and community-led renewable energy.
  • Radically reducing wasteful consumption, first and foremost in the North, but also by Southern elites.
  • Huge financial transfers from North to South, based on the repayment of climate debts and subject to democratic control. The costs of adaptation and mitigation should be paid for by redirecting military budgets, innovative taxes and debt cancellation.
  • Rights-based resource conservation that enforces Indigenous land rights and promotes peoples’ sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water.
  • Sustainable family farming and fishing and peoples’ food sovereignty. We are committed to building a diverse movement locally and globally for a better world.
  • National legislation to set socially just and legally binding targets for the annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Enforcement mechanisms at the national, EU and international level are needed to ensure that these cuts are made, without offsetting or other false solutions, and that reduce emissions in line with science and social justice.
  • Tackling social and economic inequality within Europe and within European countries in a way that ensures the right to access sufficient safe, clean and community-led energy. This requires support for drastic energy savings and efficiency measures, and limiting the power of large energy companies.
  • Legislation in the form of a new international binding instrument, as well as EU and national regulation to protect environmentally displaced persons by ensuring their rights as part of their fundamental right to life. This must be part of a wider acknowledgement of overconsumption in the Global North and historical debt.

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