A coalition of environmental lawyers, investigative journalists and activists has launched a group to challenge the “carbon bomb” fossil fuel projects revealed in a Guardian investigation.
After a meeting in May, it formed more than 70 NGOs and activist groups from all over the world Network “Carbon Bombing” To share experiences and resources in the fight to stop projects and prevent the catastrophic climate collapse they could cause.
The Guardian investigation identified 195 carbon bombsgiant oil and gas projects that will each produce at least one billion tons of carbon dioxide2 emissions over its lifetime, in total equivalent to about 18 years of current global carbon dioxide2 emissions. About 60% of those started pumping.
The United States is the main source of emissions from these megaprojects, with its 22 carbon bombs that stretch across the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the slopes of the Front Range in Colorado to Permian Basin. Together they have the potential to emit 140 billion tons of carbon dioxide2nearly four times what the entire world exports each year.
Saudi Arabia is the second largest potential emitter after the United States, with 107 billion tons, followed by Russia, Qatar, Iraq, Canada, China and Brazil.
The new campaign network aims to coordinate legal challenges and activists’ campaigns against these projects and the companies and politicians who support them.
Organizers plan to create a central hub to formalize the emerging movement and get other groups of activists, journalists and lawyers to sign up.
said Kjell Kohney, from the University of Leeds, who led Carbon bomb research. “And we need such a team for every one of these projects. These are going to be the epic battles of the Keep It In The Ground movement.”
Environmental group 350.org is one of those supporting the new campaign. The company’s CEO, May Boeuf, said: “With our local and global partners [we] They campaign fiercely to conserve fossil fuels in the Earth and deploy these carbon bombs to make staying at 1.5 possible, and avoiding catastrophic and irreversible climate change. We need to take crisis-level action by halting all fossil fuel projects and moving to 100% renewable energy sources for everyone.”
Several prominent climate justice groups in the Global South also participate in the new network.
Nnimmo Bassey, of OilWatch Africa, said: “We call for global solidarity against carbon offenders and work together to stop the expansion of fossil fuel extraction, take direct action and litigation to ensure polluters are held accountable for their environmental misconduct.”
Carol Moffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law, also backed the project, warning that major oil companies “are racing to open huge new frontiers for oil and gas from South America to South Africa, and are asking governments and people across the global south to gamble their futures on fossil fuels when it’s It is clear that fossil fuels have no future.”
Besides those organizations that have signed up, organizers say other groups of environmental lawyers, investigative journalists and philanthropic financiers have expressed interest in the movement.
Mark Hertzgaard of Covering Climate Now, a network of more than 500 news outlets, said there was a lot of interest from journalists following the Guardian investigation.
“[The carbon bombs investigation] It ranks as one of the historical climate investigations for years, not only because it reveals how fossil fuel companies and governments are giving the finger to humanity’s chances of hitting the 1.5°C goal, but also because its insights and data provide other newsrooms with abundant opportunities for more information. Reports that can hold companies and governments accountable and … stop as many of these carbon bombs as possible.”