Carbon Levy Project – Joint Declaration to Springboard from Paris

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The Paris climate summit was an opportunity for countries to acknowledge the seriousness of climate change and the need to urgently decarbonise our economies.  However the Paris agreement will not be enough to stop climate change impacting the most vulnerable communities.  Its impact is already being felt in all corners of the globe.  Vulnerable communities on the frontline of climate change are already suffering worse droughts, more intense storms, and their homes are already being encroached upon by rising sea levels.  They are already suffering loss and damage from climate change.

Leaving Paris we will push for more ambitious climate action, and to ensure that the most vulnerable are supported in facing the worst impacts of climate change – a problem they had no part in creating.

The industry that is most responsible for climate change is the fossil fuel industry – responsible for roughly 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.  The fossil fuel industry is responsible not only for the majority of carbon emissions but also for the delay in dealing with the problem.  They have known about climate change for decades, yet have funded climate denialists and have subverted political processes aimed at fighting the problem. International law – and basic fairness – say that the fossil fuel industry should pay for the loss and damage that their product is causing.

We will therefore work to introduce a global fossil fuel extraction levy (the Carbon Levy) to ensure that the people facing the worst impacts of climate change are compensated by those that caused the problem.

We support work by allies on legal strategies to bring the fossil fuel industry to account for the damage their product is causing.  And it is crucial to ensure that fossil fuels are phased out and replaced by renewable energy by mid century.

We encourage you to join us.

Ronny Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Seychelles
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, United States
Bill McKibben, Founder,, United States
Jagoda Munic, President, Friends of the Earth International, Croatia
Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenya
Wael Hmaidan, Director, CAN International, Lebanon
Antonio Hill, Director, Global Call for Climate Action, Columbia
Samantha Smith, Leader WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative, WWF International
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International, South Africa
Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh
Tony Oposa, The Philippines
Yeb Sano, the Philippines
Monica Araya, Founder & Executive Director, Nivela, Costa Rica
Nnimmo Bassey, Right Livelihood Award Winner, Nigeria
Dr Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science Study, Harvard University and author of Merchants of Doubt, United States
Richard Heede, Director of Climate Accountability Institute, United States
Stephen Leonard, President, Climate Justice Programme, Australia
Barbara Unmüßig, President, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany
Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director, Oil Change International, United States
Patti Lynn, Executive Director, Corporate Accountability International
Pat Mooney, Executive Director, ETC Group, Canada
Johanna Nyman, President, European Youth Forum, European Region
Kiki Wood, National Director, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Canada
Adam Hasz, Executive Coordinator, SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Justice & Sustainability
Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, United States
Jenny Goldie, President, Climate Action Monaro, Australia
Tom Athanasiou, Director, EcoEquity, United States
Vanda Altarelli, Founder and President, SONIA for a Just New World, Italy
Jessica Clogg, Executive Director & Senior Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law Association, Canada
Mark Wakeham, CEO, Environment Victoria, Australia
Mark Mulholland, Chair, P3 Foundation, New Zealand
David Tong, Co-Chair, Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, New Zealand
Rehana Dada, South Africa
Arnaud Zacharie, Director, CNCD-11.11.11, Belgium
Catherine Gauthier, Présidente, ENvironnement JEUnesse, Canada
Natalie Eggermont, President, Climate Express, Belgium
Diane Beckett, Interim Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Canada
Sanjeev Kumar, CEO & Founding Director, Change Partnership, International
John E Bonine, Board Chair, Environment-People-Law, Ukraine
Brian Bond cfc, Executive Director, Edmund Rice International
Catherine McCahill sgs, Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Father Claude Mostowik msc, President, Pax Christi Australia and Director, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Justice and Peace Centre (Australian Province)
Jan Barnett rsj, Josephite Justice Co-ordinator, Sisters of St Joseph of the
Sacred Heart
Dr. Monica Verbeek, Executive Director, Seas at Risk, Belgium
Jill Finnane, Coordinator, Pacific Calling Partnership, Australia
Phil Glendenning, Director, Edmund Rice Centre, Australia
Mary Walsh, Advocacy Officer, Society Presentation Sisters, Australia

Shantanu Mandal,  Youth and Green Volunteer,  Brahma kumaris, India

Tomás Insua, Global Coordinator, The Global Catholic Climate Movement. Argentina

Janis Brizga, Head of the Board, Green Liberty, Latvia

Carroll Muffett, President, Center for International Environmental Law

David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Australia

Annie Nielsen, Chair, Parramatta Climate Action Network, Australia

Brendan Sydes, CEO and lawyer, Environmental Justice, Australia

Simon Sheikh, Founder & Managing Director, Future Super, Australia

Tracy Mann, Project Director, Climate Wise Women, United States

Ross Knowles, Chair, Australian Impact Investments, Australia

Caroline Le Couteur, Executive Director, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Ms Thea Ormerod, President, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Jean Su, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity

Fiona Armstrong, Associate, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute, Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance

Arthur Mitzman, Coordinator, Concerned Citizens against Climate Change, Australia