World Leaders Must Reduce Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Target: World leaders participating in the Rio+20 Conference

Goal: Commit to reducing fossil fuel subsidies.

Countries around the world are spending in total almost $1 trillion a year on fossil fuel subsidies, about 12 times more than they are designating in support of renewable fuel sources. Now that climate change is becoming more of a reality every day, governments cannot afford to be throwing money at the oil industry while neglecting to support the development of renewable energy technologies.

“Many countries continue to subsidize polluting energy systems. These subsidies are costly for the budget and costly for the planet. Countries should reduce them. But in doing so, they must protect vulnerable groups by tightly focusing subsidies on products used by poorer people, and by strengthening social safety nets,” said Christine Lagarge, head of the International Monetary Fund.

The consequences of our continued addiction to fossil fuels will be hardest on the world’s poorest communities and families, whose voices are small compared to the voice of the fossil fuel industry. However, it is time that world leaders show a sense of responsibility by acting in the best interests of their most vulnerable citizens.

The Rio+20 conference that takes place this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will provide participating countries with a chance to finally take a stand against fossil fuel subsidies. The decision to stop subsidizing the destruction of our environment is a simple one. It will only require sacrifices from the fossil fuel industry, while providing immeasurable benefits to our planet and its poorest communities in particular. Sign the petition below to urge world leaders to commit to reducing fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio+20 conference.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear World leaders participating in Rio+20,

I understand that countries around the world are spending in total almost $1 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies each year, about 12 times more than they are designating in support of renewable fuel sources. As climate change becomes a greater threat to our environment everyday, we can no longer afford to have our governments supporting the fossil fuel industry at all costs while failing to push for the development of renewable energy technologies.

Climate change will most severely affect the world’s poorest communities and families. Although their voices are small compared to the voice of the fossil fuel industry, I hope that you will take the time to listen closely and consider the consequences of allowing our addiction to fossil fuels to continue. I urge you to show a sense of responsibility by acting in the best interests of the world’s most vulnerable citizens. During the conference in Rio, please make a commitment to significantly reduce fossil fuel subsidies and to instead initiate widespread investment in renewable energy sources.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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