A decarbonized global energy system is an urgent climate and human rights imperative. Yet the form that this energy transition takes is vital to the outcome, in particular for vulnerable populations around the world. Will countries’ transition policies replicate the current profit-driven, growth-at-all-costs extractive model that has generated unprecedented environmental devastation, systemic inequalities and exploitation? Or will the energy transition provide the opportunity to usher in a more socially just global economy that places human rights, shared prosperity and reduced resource consumption at its heart?
With the United Nations climate conference (COP28) set to begin in Dubai, Above Ground joins over one hundred climate justice, human rights and corporate accountability organizations from around the world in issuing an appeal to world leaders for bold climate action centred on corporate justice and prosperity for all.