Climate Damages Declaration

We, the undersigned:

Observe, with mounting alarm, the ever growing numbers of people whose homes are lost, lives disrupted, critical ecosystems imperilled and livelihoods ruined due to the damage inflicted by an increasingly hostile climate bringing hurricanes of greater intensity, devastating floods and encroachment of rising seas

Note that vulnerable countries, communities and ecosystems on the frontline of catastrophic climate change now face, due to lack of meaningful progress to reduce carbon emissions to date, changes in climate beyond the ability of people and ecosystems to adapt to – a phenomenon described as ‘Loss and Damage’

Recall the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 (COP21) where countries agreed to pursue efforts to keep temperature rise to 1.5C and where ‘Loss and Damage’ was officially recognised as a separate pillar alongside ‘Mitigation’ and ‘Adaptation’, building upon the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) established in 2013 at COP19

Further note that the WIM has yet to make progress on its core mission of delivering finance for addressing loss and damage

Further observe that the countries and communities most deeply affected by irreversible climate change did not create these conditions, yet are paying the price of this damage whilst, at the same time, the fossil fuel industry – responsible for approximately 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions [1] – continue to profit while bearing none of the costs consequent from the use of their products

Declare that, consistent with the ‘polluter pays’ principle, it is now time for the industry most responsible to pay for the damage it has caused, and for vulnerable countries worst affected to receive the financial assistance they so urgently need.

To this end, we demand and commit ourselves to advocating for:

  • The establishment of an initiative for loss and damage finance with a two year work plan identifying sources of revenue adequate to the scale of the problem in a predictable and fair way;
  • the introduction of an equitable fossil fuel extraction charge – or Climate Damages Tax – levied on producers of oil, gas and coal to pay for the damage and costs caused by climate change when these products are burnt, implemented nationally, regionally or internationally
  • the use of the substantial revenues raised to be allocated through the appropriate UN body, such as the Green Climate Fund or similar financial mechanism, for the alleviation and avoidance of the suffering caused by severe impacts of climate change in developing countries, including those communities forced from their homes
  • the urgent replacement of fossil fuels, by mid-century at the latest, with renewable sources of energy assisted by increasing the rate of the Climate Damages Tax over time

Your organisation may sign the Declaration –> here 

[1] The Carbon Majors Database, CDP report, July 2017

Signed by:

Climate voices/experts:

  1. Naomi Klein (Canada) – Author/filmmaker
  2. George Monbiot (UK) – Journalist/author
  3. Maya Goodfellow (UK) – Journalist
  4. Ambassador Ronny Jumeau – Seychelles
Organisation Name
1. Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director
2. Greenpeace International Yeb Sano, Executive Director South East Asia
3. WWF International Fernanda Viana De Carvalho
4. CARE International Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead Climate Change and Resilience
5. Pacific Islands Development Forum Francois Martel, Secretary General
6. Climate Action Network International Wael Hmaidan, Director
7. Change Partnership (international) Sanjeev Kumar, Founder
8. Practical Action (international) Paul Smith Lomas, CEO
9. Christian Aid (international) Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead
10. Climate Justice Programme (international) Stephen Leonard, President
11. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (South Africa) Makoma Lekalakala – Branch Coordinator
12. Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity (international) Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, Movement Coordinator
13. (international) May Boeve, Executive Director
14. Oil Change International (international) Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director
15. Heinrich Böll Foundation (international) Barbara Unmüßig, President
16. Less Meat Less Heat (international) Mark Pershin
17. Global Climate Finance Campaign (international) Kumi Naidoo, Chair
18. Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Reginald I. Burke, Executive Coordinator
19. CAN Europe Wendel Trio, Director
20. Health Care Without Harm Europe Anja Leetz, Executive director
21. 350 Pacific Fenton Lutunatabua, Pacific Regional Coordinator
22. CAN South Asia Sanjay Vashist, Director
23. HOMEF (Nigeria) Nnimmo Bassey, Director
24. Central Victoria Climate Action (Australia) Trevor Scott, Director
25. Lighter Footprints (Australia) Carolyn Ingvarson
26. Pacific Calling Partnership (Australia) Jill Finnane
27. International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) (Belgium) Dr Saleemul Huq, Director
28. CNCD-11.11.11 asbl (Belgium) Nicolas Van Nuffet, Director
29. 11.11.11 (Belgium) Jan Van de Poel, Policy Director
30. Energy Mix Productions (Canada) Mitchell Beer, Founder/Publisher
31. The Leap (Canada/United States) Katie McKenna and Bianca Mugyenyi, Co-Executive Directors
32. Abibiman Foundation (Ghana) Kenneth Nana Amoateng
33. Oilwatch Ghana (Ghana) Noble Wadzah
34. Clean Air Action Group (Hungary) András Lukács, President
35. Arab Youth Climate Movement (Lebanon) Nouhad Awwad, National Coordinator
36. ASTM / Climate Alliance (Luxembourg) Dietmar Mirkes, coordinator Climate Alliance
37. Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento (Portugal) João José Fernandes, Chair
38. ZERO – Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System (Portugal/International) Francisco Ferreira, President
39. The Lutheran World Federation (South Africa) Khulekani Magwaza, Council Member
40. Janathakshan GTE (Sri Lanka) Ranga Pallawala, CEO
41. Alliance Sud – Swiss Alliance of Development Organizations (Switzerland) Mark Herkenrath, Director
42. Stamp Out Poverty (UK) David Hillman, Director
43. RESULTS UK Aaron Oxley, Executive Director
44. Global Justice Now (UK) Dorothy Grace Guerrero
45. The Equality Trust (UK) Dr Wanda Wyporska
46. War on Want (UK) Asad Rehman, Executive Director
47. UK Youth Climate Coalition Lise Masson
48. EEECHO (Unites States) Ruth Story, Executive Director
49. Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America (Unites States) Liane Schalatek, Associate Director
50. Climate Accountability Institute (United States) Richard Heede, Director
51. EcoEquity (United States) Tom Athanasiou, Executive Director
52. Sierra Club (United States) Michael Brune
53. Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) (United States) Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and Spokesperson
54. Center for Biological Diversity (United States) Jean Su, Associate Conservation Director
55. Care About Climate (United States) Natalie Lucas, Executive Director
56. Sociedad Amigos del Viento (Uruguay) Graciela SalaberriMuhammed Lamin Saidykhan, Movement Coordinator
57. Climate Action Moreland (Australia) John Englart
58.Leap Victoria (Canada) Howard Breen, Co-Chair
59. Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development Kimbowa Richard
60.Democratic Socialist/NDP (Canada) Art Jaszczyk
61.Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (Canada) Paul Berger
62.Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (USA) Rev. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens, Board Chair
63.West Coast Enviromental Law Andrew Gage
64. System Change Not Climate Change
65.Climate Justice Project