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.

COP27 addressed the symptoms but not the cause of the climate crisis: Fossil fuels
Campaign Updates

COP27 Global Gas and Oil Network Media Release

The failure to call for an equitable phase out of all fossil fuels at COP27 will mean more loss and damage in the world. A growing number of countries across all negotiating blocs called for a phase out of fossil fuels, while other countries blocked progress. Loss and damage and renewables gained momentum. The energy transition is underway, and the fossil fuel industry is on its way out. 


Climate action comes with a fight: how we confronted fossil fuel industry and Russia at COP27
Campaign Updates

Razom We Stand made major advances towards our goals during COP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh, with a number of high-impact events as payoff for effective team work. We are immensely grateful to partners, movements, networks and activists who supported our work at COP27.


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