A coalition of environmental lawyers, investigative journalists and campaigners has launched a group to challenge the “carbon bomb” fossil fuel projects uncovered in a Guardian investigation.
After a meeting in May, more than 70 NGOs and activist groups from around the world have formed a “Carbon Bomb Diffuse” Network They will cause it to share expertise and resources in the fight to stop projects and prevent catastrophic climate breakdown.
Guardian investigation identifies 195 carbon bombsHuge oil and gas projects resulting in at least one billion tons of CO . will produce2 Emissions over their lifetime, in total, exceed the current global CO. approximately 18 years of2 emissions. Of these, about 60% have started pumping.
The US is the major source of emissions from these mega projects, with 22 of its carbon bombs spread in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the foothills of the Front Range in Colorado. permian basin, Together these two produce 140 billion tonnes of CO. have the ability to emit2Nearly four times more than the world’s emissions every year.
Saudi Arabia is the second largest potential emitter after the US with 107 billion tonnes, followed by Russia, Qatar, Iraq, Canada, China and Brazil.
The new propaganda network aims to coordinate legal challenges and proactive campaigns against these projects and the companies and politicians that support them.
Organizers plan to create a central hub to formalize the growing movement and have urged other groups of activists, journalists and lawyers to sign up.
“It only takes a handful of dedicated people – lawyers, campaigners, activists – to defuse the carbon bomb,” said Kjell Kuhne from the University of Leeds. carbon bomb research, “And we need a team like this for each of these projects. It’s going to be an epic battle of the ‘keep it in the ground’ movement.”
The 350.org environmentalist group is one of those supporting the new campaign. Its chief executive, May Boeve, said: “Together with our local and global partners”. [we] We are campaigning fiercely to spread these carbon bombs and avoid irreversible and catastrophic climate change to keep fossil fuels in the ground and make it possible to live on 1.5. We need to act on the scale of the crisis by stopping all fossil fuel projects and transitioning to 100% renewable energy for all. ,
Several major climate justice groups in the global South are also included in the new network.
Oilwatch Africa’s Nimmo Bassi said: “We call for global solidarity against carbon bombers and work together to halt the expansion of fossil fuel extraction, take direct action and sue them to ensure that pollutants are protected.” be held responsible for their ecological abuses.”
Carol Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law, also supported the project, warning oil majors that “as governments were rushing to open massive new oil and gas borders from South America to Southern Africa, governments And asking people to gamble in the global south. Their futures on fossil fuels when it’s clear that fossil fuels have no future.”
Along with organizations that have signed up, organizers say other groups of environmental lawyers, investigative journalists and philanthropic funders have expressed interest in the movement.
Mark Hartsgaard of Covering Climate Now, a network of more than 500 news outlets, said journalists were heavily interested after the Guardian’s investigation.
,[The carbon bombs investigation] Ranked as one of the landmark climate probes over the years, not only because it reveals how fossil fuel companies and governments are fingering humanity’s chances of hitting the 1.5C target, but also because its insights and data Others provide newsrooms with abundant opportunities for further reporting that can hold companies and governments accountable and … prevent more and more of these carbon bombs.”