Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 - Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia

Quakers in Australia, advocates for peace and earthcare, have added their support to a petition addressed to the COP26 which meets in Glasgow, November 2021. The petition urges all nations to include all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the military into global greenhouse gas reduction standards. The petition is sponsored by World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, GCOMS - Global Campaign on Military Spending, and Peace Action Maine.

As a result of final-hour demands made by the U.S. government during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military greenhouse gas emissions were exempted from climate negotiations. That tradition has continued. The 2015 Paris Agreement left cutting military greenhouse gas emissions to the discretion of individual nations.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included.

NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it.

The campaign ponts out clearly that "There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution."

Speaking for Quakers in Australia, Ann Zubrick, Clerk, says "Australian Quakers join with others in this campaign to ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to "offset" emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located."

Quakers are well-known for their work in the areas of non-violence and peacemaking, and were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their pioneering work in the international peace movement and compassionate effort to relieve human-suffering following World War II.

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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia


Jacqueline Schultze
AYM Secretary
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
Australia Yearly Meeting Office
119 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 0423 308 550
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.quakersaustralia.info

 


Jacqueline Schultze
M: 0423 308 550
W: www.quakersaustralia.info

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