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Activists said the UN climate change meeting “looks like a trade fair for the fossil fuel industry”

Activists said the UN climate change meeting “looks like a trade fair for the fossil fuel industry”

COP27 entrance.

COP27 entrance.
picture: Ahmed Al-Gharabali / Agence France-Presse (Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of people Gathering in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt at the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference this month — which includes hundreds of representatives from the fossil fuel industry taking part in the talks and outnumbering representatives from some of the world’s most vulnerable nations, according to a new analysis.

At last year’s United Nations climate meeting, known as the Conference of the Parties (COP)Conference organizers in Glasgow made a grand show of declaring fossil fuels unwelcome at the talks, and banned corporate sponsorship from oil companies ahead of the conference. However, concerns about fossil fuels still find a way to interfere with the discussion. Last year, more than 500 delegates in Glasgow had some type of relationship with the fossil fuel industry, a A set of campaign groups has been found.

One would think that after the recall, the industry would have enough self-esteem to act a little better this year – but that gives polluters a lot of the credit. Numbers Submitted to the BBC Found this week there More than 600 representatives of polluters Attendance at COP27 in Egypt – an increase of 25% over last year. The research was submitted to the BBC by the same consortium that conducted the analysis last year, including Global Witness, Corporate Accountability and the Corporate Europe Observatory.

“COP27 looks like a trade fair for the fossil fuel industry,” Rachel Rose Jackson, of Corporate Accountability, told the BBC. “Here we are in a whirlpool of frenzy rather than climate action. The fossil fuel industry has a killer agenda driven by profit and greed. They are not serious about climate action. They have never been and never will.”

The analysis found that about 200 fossil fuel representatives are marking the COP as part of the country’s delegation. Perhaps not surprisingly, the United Arab Emirates alone was responsible for bringing in 70 of these delegates. (The total UAE delegation was more than 1,000 this year, a significant increase from just 170 in Glasgow; the UAE will host the COP next year.) Russia came in second, bringing in 33 delegates from fossil fuels. The analysis found that the 436 representatives, not with specific country delegations, attend with trade groups or other NGOs.

Altogether, the research found that the number of fossil fuel-allied representatives in Egypt this year outnumbered the total number of delegates sent by ten of the countries most affected by climate change combined, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, and Mozambique.

When they’re in these conversations, industry representatives don’t just sit quietly – they make their presence known. The influence of the industry can be felt in some of the results conversations. Last year, the final text of the Glasgow Convention It contains several holes Many advocates and climate-affected nations have complained that the fossil fuel industry is left to survive and thrive as the world tries to turn away from its product.

Some have argued that getting a seat at a table in During these conversations, the industry can allow them to become allies in the global energy transition. But many of the developing countries hardest hit by climate change say so We have run out of time and goodwill.

“If you want to tackle malaria, you don’t invite mosquitoes,” Philip Yakpour, who works for Public Participation Africa, told the BBC. “As long as we have the fossil fuel lobby and machinery in full swing, we will not make progress and we will not make progress.”


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