Denounce Corporate Takeover of International Climate Summit

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Target: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Goal: Call on the United Nations to hold corporations accountable for their environmental destruction, rather than making their profits the focus at important events like the Climate Summit

The impacts of climate change on our communities and our planet are among the most pressing issues facing humankind today. Organizations and individuals have rallied to demand action from national leaders, but for all their commitments it is a rare thing to see politicians truly take the lead on this issue. The United Nations (UN) organized a Climate Summit for late September, 2014 as an opportunity for the international community to share solutions and inspire change; but as Common Dreams reports, the Summit was hijacked by corporate interests before it even began.

The general public isn’t welcome at the UN Climate Summit, but a variety of pro-business partnerships with oil, gas and coal companies have been set up in advance and are expected to take center stage at the event. Social movements representing some 200 million people around the world recently issued a statement to denounce this corporate takeover. “The Summit has been surrounded by a lot of fanfare but proposes voluntary pledges for emission cuts, market-based and destructive public-private partnership initiatives,” the statement warns. “These are all false solutions of the green economy that seeks to further commodify life and nature and further capitalist profit.” It goes on to argue that, “There will be no going back from the climate chaos if we do not fight for real solutions…and challenge the inaction of our governments’ policy-making being hijacked by polluting corporations.”

We need real change to address the climate crisis. World leaders gathering to discuss the issue is an opportunity too valuable to be wasted. Urge the UN to stop turning events like the Climate Summit into yet more opportunities for big energy companies to profit at the expense of the rest of us.


Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,

Rather than celebrate the UN Climate Summit as an opportunity to drive policy commitments, I am writing to denounce the event for its strong ties to the same big energy companies driving climate change.

Citizens of the world demand the sincere and coordinated policy shifts needed to save our planet. Pandering to oil, coal and gas companies by tailoring the Summit to their needs while excluding the public demonstrates a leadership out of touch with reality. We don’t have time to waste on this issue, and the more governments seek to please big energy, to shore up its profits, the less likely it is we can address climate change before the worst effects become irreversible.

Secretary-General, I must insist that future UN summits on climate change are open to the public, and that their focus is on holding corporate polluters responsible rather than creating more opportunities for them to profit at the public’s expense.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Wesha via Wikimedia Commons

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