Latest IPCC Report Details Fossil Fuel Impacts

April 4, 2022

Traditional Lummi and Nooksack Land and Unceded and Coast Salish Territories (BELLINGHAM, WA /VANCOUVER, BC) — Today, the world’s most authoritative climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released its report from the third working group (WGIII), focused on climate mitigation. The report paints a stark picture of what the fossil fuel era has wrought, and it provides clear guidance on what we have to do to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis. 

In response to the report, Stand.earth, an international environmental advocacy group that calls on corporations, financial institutions, and governments to stop fossil fuel expansion, deforestation, and industrial pollution, and to adopt clean, justice-centered solutions for a livable future, issued the following statements:

Todd Paglia, Stand.earth Executive Director:

“For years, millions of people around the world have seen the truth – that to end the climate crisis we have to rapidly phase out fossil fuels. That’s what this report confirms, and that’s what the Stand community has been demanding from corporations and government institutions through our campaigns. Despite powerful resistance from governments, corporations, and the media, the climate heroes in the Stand community are continuing to claim a better future by forcing the reluctant powers-that-be to adopt SAFE Cities policies like the recent New York City gas ban, divest 40 trillion dollars of investments from fossil fuels, pledge to protect 80% of the Amazon rainforest before 2025, and much more. The solutions are here now, but so far the political will is not. What this landmark report tells us is that Stand.earth and its community of climate champions are on the right side of history, but also that we will have to push even harder for the changes we know are right. We have to get more people – from California Governor Gavin Newsom to the Lululemon corporate executives to the next TikTok star no one has yet heard of – to become the climate heroes we need to save the future from disaster.”

Tzeporah Berman, Chair for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative and Stand.earth International Program Director:

“This report is clear that we are now facing a dangerous lock-in of fossil fuel emissions and stranded assets which will further destabilize our economy and society. This is because governments and companies have continued to recklessly expand oil, gas and coal projects. A new global fossil fuel treaty can help countries manage this risk and constrain production in a way that is fast and fair at the scale required to tackle this global crisis. You can’t put out a fire with gas and our planet is quite literally on fire.”

Gary Cook, Stand.earth Global Climate Campaigns Director:

“The latest IPCC report clearly details that we already have the renewable energy solutions needed to slash global emission in half by 2030 and keep us within a 1.5 °C pathway, in many cases at even lower cost than fossil fuel-based energy systems. Yet despite the urgent calls by scientists to rapidly phase out fossil fuels and identification of a clear path to do so in the next decade, global companies from lululemon to Samsung – who are still making decisions in 2022 that are increasing the demand for coal, gas, and oil – are taking us in the opposite direction from the renewable energy transition they claim to support.”

Tyson Miller, Stand.earth Amazon Campaign Director:

“The IPCC has made clear that ending all oil and gas expansion in biodiverse regions in the midst of a tipping point crisis, like the Amazon, is vitally important to our future. It is critical for governments to commit to higher ambition for the Amazon and to develop actions for protecting 80% by 2025 consistent with a global call from indigenous leaders and allies. Right now, there are massive oil drilling expansion plans for some of the most bio-culturally diverse regions of the Amazon. The oil drilled there will primarily be exported to the US, which is why it is vital for California to commit to end its complicity in new drilling and for banks funding oil expansion in the Amazon to commit to the Exit Oil and Gas Platform for the Amazon.”  

Logan McIntosh, Stand.earth Director of SAFE Cities: 

“Communities around the world are already moving off fossil fuels to protect local health and safety and global climate as part of the SAFE Cities movement. Many cities in the US and Canada are making new buildings all-electric. Petaluma, California won’t permit new gas stations. London is going all-electric with buses and Shenzhen, China has done the same for buses and taxis. Los Angeles recently banned new oil drilling and will phase out existing wells. Whatcom County, a refinery community in Washington State, made permanent a prohibition on refinery expansion. Not only is a fossil free future possible, it’s happening now. The latest IPCC findings tell us, though, that we need to rapidly accelerate the solutions that are already here.”

Muhannad Malas, Stand.earth Senior Climate Campaigner:

“The IPCC report makes clear that the fashion industry has work to do to live up to its commitments and must start taking action today. The industry plays an outsized role in climate change, and despite many major brands making climate commitments, Stand.earth’s annual Fossil Free Fashion Scorecard shows the sector is simply not moving from talk to action at the scale desperately needed. Major brands must do more to invest in and advocate for the transition from coal to renewable energy in the fashion-producing countries, which will not only help the sector cut its emissions, but address the air pollution crisis caused by coal-powered factories which disproportionately impact workers and communities in countries like Vietnam.”

Richard Brooks, Stand.earth Climate Finance Campaign Director:

“Banks, insurance companies, and institutional investors like pension funds are the great enablers of the exact climate chaos this IPCC report is warning us against. By financing fossil fuel companies, our financial institutions are bankrolling the continued production and burning of coal, oil, and gas — driving up methane and carbon pollution at the very time the IPCC report tells us we need to do the exact opposite: urgently and rapidly slash emissions, and invest in climate solutions. 

“Fossil fuel financing from the world’s 60 largest banks has reached nearly USD $4.6 trillion in the six years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, with $742 billion in 2021 alone.”

Sven Biggs, Canadian Oil and Gas Program Director:

“The new IPCC makes clear that if Canada continues along this path of building more fossil fuel infrastructure, a 1.5°C target will be impossible to reach. Scientists agree that most regions must reach peak production now or during the next decade.  And yet, modeling from Canada’s recent federal emissions reduction plan indicates that oil and gas production is actually projected to increase by 22 per cent over the next decade.

“An electrified global energy system, powered by clean renewable power and storage, gives Canada alongside other countries their best chance of energy security and a safer, fairer world. 24 countries have already managed to reduce emissions by building up renewables, among other policies. Canada should aim to follow their lead, but instead is the only G7 nation that has allowed their climate emissions to continue to rise since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015.

“Emissions from oil and gas production are Canada’s largest and fastest growing source of emissions, and the primary reason it cannot meet its Paris commitments. In their latest policy review of Canada’s energy system released in January, the International Energy Agency correctly identifies fossil fuel production as a barrier to achieving the country’s climate targets. To meet the Paris Agreement, Canada must stop approving and subsidizing fossil fuel projects.”

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