Ban Use of Fossil Fuels
My ambition is for the world to finally have a sustainable source of energy.
World leaders need to get together to plan and execute this. Those that don't care or are not interested are of no consequence.
We are all seeing the deadly effects of global warming, and whether you agree with it or not, the risk of not doing something about it, is not worth taking.
Last Friday, Vanuatu became the first nation to launch a diplomatic push for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.
This is a proposed legal path to phase out coal, oil and gas globally by likening their threat to nuclear weapons. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Nikenike Vurobaravu evoked the existential crisis caused by rapid global heating, from hurricanes and coral bleaching to wildfires, prolonged droughts and flooding.
"Fundamental human rights are being violated, and we are measuring climate change not in degrees of Celsius or tons of carbon, but in human lives," he said.
The Paris climate accord called on nations to aspire to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a goal that is currently far off track.
Vanuatu is an archipelago, and home to 300,000 people. It lies some 1,100 miles (1,750 km) to the east of Australia.
Vanuatu adds its voice to a call that has been endorsed by more than 65 cities and regional governments around the globe. These include London, Lima, Los Angeles, Kolkata, Paris and Hawaii. The proposal has also been backed by the Vatican and the World Health Organisation.
"The modern addiction to fossil fuels is not just an act of environmental vandalism. From the health perspective, it is an act of self-sabotage," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week.
Politicians, world leaders, and business leaders now need to provide concrete plans that will evolve energy supply globally, not only to reduce the effects of global warming, but also to stop the likes of Putin from weaponising energy and causing massive disruption in supply markets, provoking volatile price movements that are unsustainable.
obviously, changing energy infrastructure is a massive undertaking, with risk on livelihoods too.
Are we saying that humanity is not smart enough to do this... mmm, you decide!