New York City is at a key moment. In a year of deadly climate impacts, our City Council needs to take immediate action on climate change, as well as calling for greater global leadership on a just transition away from dirty fossil fuels.
Our city council has a deep and rich history of leading demands for world leaders to take action on global crises. In 1963, New York helped call for a global Treaty banning testing nuclear weapons in our atmosphere. 20 years later, we became one of the first Nuclear-Free Zones on earth.
Now we must join a global call for international cooperation to phase out a new set of weapons of mass destruction: fossil fuels.
We call on the New York City Council to join other major cities including Los Angeles, Toronto, Barcelona, and Sydney in compelling world leaders to negotiate and ratify a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty with three key pillars:
1. Non-proliferation – end the expansion of new coal, oil and gas production
2. Phase-out – wind down existing fossil fuel production to meet the Paris Agreement target of 1.5ºC
3. A Just Transition – ensure no worker, community or country is left behind by supporting economic diversification and expansion of 100% access to clean energy globally
The New York City Council must pass a resolution endorsing the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty as a matter of urgency, and write to the President of the United States Joe Biden and Climate Envoy John Kerry calling on them to support a global transition away from fossil fuels.
Send a message to local lawmakers urging them to support a new global Treaty to protect our climate and the health and safety of NYC from the risks of fossil fuels.
The teams from Fridays For Future NYC, Climate Crisis Policy, the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, and SAFE Cities at Stand.earth