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UK & the G7: #PayUp for the climate crisis 

 

Drought in Southern Africa, landslides in Papua New Guinea, heatwaves in Asia and floods in Brazil — the climate crisis is rapidly worsening.  

People in the Global South — least responsible for causing the climate crisis — are disproportionately experiencing its impacts. Meanwhile, Global North countries, who have spent centuries getting rich by belching emissions into the atmosphere, are failing to pay up for their fair share of damage done to the climate.  

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Bonn, Germany, this month, climate campaigners will announce a new figure to show how much funding is needed to pay for the climate crisis. On 13 June, UK Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak will be heading to a high stakes meeting of G7 leaders (of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States) in Turin, Italy.  

It is essential that the UK and other G7 governments take stock of the new target figure for climate funding, and take immediate action.

The G7 governments are responsible for nearly half of global CO2 emissions from new oil and gas production. In 2022, they spent over $1 trillion on war and conflict, and yet, their climate pledges remain woefully insufficient, with only $30.9 billion delivered by 2024. 

Without public pressure, this meeting could be another round of business-as-usual, with the UK and other G7 governments continuing to under-deliver and neglect their responsiblities. But if enough of us act together, we can shake them into action. 

This is one of our last chances to take action on climate breakdown before the UK general election. Will you write to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to help pile on the pressure ahead of the G7 meeting? 

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