12.11.22 / COP27 / Campaign Updates

Day of action at COP27: round up of 12 November

Saturday was a day packed with actions for our team on the ground at COP27 today. A demonstration against fossil fuel financed war in Ukraine was set to be a highlight, but before that our Director Svitlana Romanko happened to meet Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, which was accused of complicity in Russian war crimes in Ukraine last month. 

 

Svitlana confronted Total CEO Pouyanné, asking if he'll be "using Russian blood money to rebuild Ukraine?" His odd answer was, "probably," which actually raises more questions than it answers. The confrontation has apparently gone viral in France, being featured in Le Parisien, as well as on French TV.


Next came the demonstration organized with Fridays for Future Ukraine, calling to Stop Fuelling Climate Crisis, and Stop Fuelling Wars. Svitlana Romanko gave a riveting opening speech, demanding a complete end to fueling the climate crisis, wars, and petrodictators. She made the point clear that it's those like Putin who use profits from global addiction to fossil fuels to fund Russia's war machine, and their brutal war crimes against innocent people in Ukraine. We already have the solution: dump oil and gas and build a clean future, led by a green rebuilding of Ukraine. 

Svitlana's passionate speech attracted spotlights, she was approached for interviews by AP, Reuters, and a documentary film crew. Keep your eyes open and you'll be seeing more about this in the press.

At noon was the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, organised by CAN, with a large and vibrant crowd. 1000 people joined the march inside the #COP27 venue to demand more ambition in the climate negotiations. Svitlana attended with a hand painted banner, pushing Razom's message once again. 

There was a pleasant surprise to meet friend and original climate activist and author Bill McKibben at the demonstration, who wrote on COP27 in New Yorker this week, highlighting the work of Svitlana promoting efforts to rebuild Ukraine green. McKibben is a famous campaigner, who founded cutting edge and high-impact climate groups 350.org and Third Act.


That was a lot for one day, and now our team is getting ready for another action packed week starting Monday at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh.
 

RAZOM WE STAND CALLS ON THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO ALIGN WITH EU CLIMATE CHANGE PLANS, START MEASURING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Press Release

As Ukraine's application for EU candidacy is being fast-tracked, and the EU is scrambling to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the move to have Ukraine comply with environmental accounting standards (GHG protocol and SBTi) and make data on  GHG emissions public is vital. Only with such measures can Ukraine and the EU meet recommendations of the UN IPCC scientific report this week.

 

Energy response to Russia's war: open letter with four requests to the EU
Campaign Updates

                                                                                          To: Ursula von der Leyen  
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 Brussels
Belgium

Frans Timmermans
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 Brussels
Belgium

Charles Michel
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175  
B-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel 
Belgique/België
 

Razom We Stand calls on the Ukrainian authorities to implement greenhouse gas emissions accounting in accordance with international standards and open climate data for public access
Campaign Updates

The organization reached out to Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, and Chair of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, Ihor Verner, to stress the critical importance of accounting for greenhouse gas emissions.

 


 

The methane rush off the climate cliff: EU and US must halt gas infrastructure expansion
Article

Razom We Stand strongly condemns the global push for gas infrastructure expansion, including LNG terminals, given the dire environmental and climate consequences, as well as financial risks involved in creating stranded assets. With excess windfall profits stemming from market volatility worsened by Putin’s brutal invasion in Ukraine, the gas industry must be subject to taxation and regulation, not supported with public subsidies for their expansion plans.