Prevent Corporations From Derailing Climate Talks

Target: Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji and Incoming COP 23 President

Goal: Prevent corporate interests from interfering with negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Delegates from around the world are gathering in Bonn, Germany to prepare for more negotiating under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to continue the fight against climate change. At this meeting, they will discuss conflicts of interests and what role polluting industries should be allowed to have during the climate talks. These industries are currently able to attend talks, representing hundreds of business associations with much to gain from the weakening of climate legislation, and this week some of the associations representing the biggest names in climate change denial and fossil fuels will be represented. Such blatant interference in international climate talks must be stopped, to prevent the contamination of earnest climate change solutions by those who benefit the most from our warming status quo.

In 2015, fossil fuel companies were allowed to fund parts of the Paris climate negotiations, drawing the ire of many environmentalists concerned about this clear conflict of interest. Now delegates will be sent from organizations like: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which receives millions from ExxonMobil and is headed by a president who denies human-caused climate change; the National Mining Association, representing more than 3,000 corporations including many U.S. coal producers; and the Business Roundtable, which represents Shell, ExxonMobil, and Chevron and lobbies against policies to combat climate change.

If these companies so directly responsible for our current environmental woes are permitted to take part in the international fight to save our planet, they will taint any effort that cuts into their profits and continue to neglect the fact that the survival of our species, along with so many others, is at stake. Sign this petition to tell the incoming leader of the UNFCCC negotiations that companies should not be allowed to participate in climate talks, as they have a direct bias against our sustainable future and have proven they will stop at nothing to prevent it.


Dear Prime Minister Bainimarama,

As representatives from all over the world gather in Bonn, Germany for continued negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, it has come to my attention that major business associations will be sending delegates to participate. These associations represent some of the biggest names in the fossil fuel industry and are largely responsible for both the climate change our planet is facing and the efforts to prevent legislation combating it. With so much at stake, it is crucial to solving our climate crisis that international negotiations stay pure of capitalist biases and their hunger for profit in the face of so much suffering, and stay focused on the goal of these talks: keeping warming from changing the planet as we know it.

Some of the U.S. business associations sending delegates to this week’s negotiations in Bonn include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Mining Association, and the Business Roundtable, all of which are funded by and represent huge names in the fossil fuels industry. As they have shown in the U.S., these associations will work tirelessly to fight any kind of regulation that affects their profit, with no regard for the planet or the people affected by their continued pollution. I urge you to prevent business associations from having any access to the climate talks to ensure that they stay pure of corporate greed and bias against the sustainable future we desperately need.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marek Nowocień

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop ignoring the science!

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