Young People vs UK Gov
Young People vs UK Gov
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Stop the UK Financing our Deaths
We are three young British Citizens, who are from and have families in West Afrika and Abya Yala (the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America). We are working together with the Stop the Maangamizi campaign: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide! and the climate litigation charity Plan B, which brought the legal challenge against Heathrow expansion.
The Government knows this is a climate emergency, but has made no emergency plan. It keeps us locked in to the carbon economy with billions in bailouts for polluters, £27 billion for UK roads and export finance for a new liquid natural gas project in Mozambique (compared to just £4 billion new money under Boris Johnson's 10 Point Plan). It backs the City of London as a leading international hub of fossil fuel finance. At this time of global crisis, the Government plans to cut its legally guaranteed support for the world's most vulnerable people.
The Government has legal obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998 to safeguard the right to life (Article 2) and the right to family life (Article 8) and a duty under international law to prevent harm to other states.
Ahead of the critical UN talks which the Government is leading (COP26), we will take legal action to demand the Government produces an actionable plan, based on the science and the three pillars of the Paris Agreement, to:
- Meet its own domestic emissions reduction commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement
- Prepare for the impacts of climate change and support vulnerable communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change
- Prevent the financing of climate catastrophe.
“UK plans have failed to prepare for even the minimum climate risks faced”, The Committee on Climate Change, June 2020
This is our message to young people everywhere:
Let’s face it, the Government is killing us and our families
They sell out our health and our future for the fortunes of the few. We are the collateral damage. Covid-19 has shown life can change in a heartbeat. It could be any of us - but workers, racially marginalised communities and young people are all on the frontline.
“This report estimates that 5 million lives are lost each year today as a result of climate change and a carbon-based economy … In particular, effects are most severe for the world’s poorest groups whose struggle against poverty is worsened.”, DARA INTERNATIONAL, 2011
And they’re not going to stop
Because they serve the polluters and their shareholders, who trade in crisis, debt and destruction to profit from pain.
“But, distressingly, [Aviva’s] analysis … said the FTSE 100 index as a whole is heading towards 3.9 degrees”, Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of The Environment Agency, 2020
They give us no choice
Boris Johnson knowingly funds 4˚C warming - and that’s genocide for our generation, for Afrika, Asia, Abya Yala (the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America), all small island states and all indigenous communities everywhere. We refuse to be complicit in this criminal violation.
“It’s difficult to see how we could accommodate eight billion people or even half of that.” Professor Johan Rockstrom, on the impact of 4˚C warming, 2019
So, we must stand up now for the right to life
And as we do, we do it together - and realise our power to make things change.
We care for each other during lockdowns and we are keeping this spirit alive. From South to North and across generations, we must support our communities and initiatives for planet repairs, and fund those instead of our annihilation.
The Government is violating their legal obligations to safeguard rights to life and to family life and their international law duty to prevent harm. We do not consent to the violation. That’s why we’re taking them to court. To fight for our right to life - and for yours too.
Please stand with us.
"If, and this is the case here, there is a high risk of dangerous climate change with severe and life-threatening consequences for man and the environment, the State has the obligation to protect its citizens from it by taking appropriate and effective measures." Supreme Court of the Netherlands, December 2019
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