Farmers are demanding Climate Justice at COP26

Thursday Nov 11, 2021
Farming communities are on the front line of the climate crisis. In an open letter, 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers are calling for urgent action, asking governments at COP26 to be fair with their $100 billion climate promise.
Their letter outlines four key actions that will help protect global food supplies and limit further damage.
  1. Deliver the $100bn – Governments must deliver now on their $100bn promise of climate finance and listen to the expertise of farmers. Investment needs to reach farmers and workers directly, so that they can plant trees, introduce more resilient crops and ready themselves for the coming storm – and continue to grow the world’s food.
  2. Be Honest – Governments must be honest about their carbon emissions and cut them back in line with the scientific advice. They must take responsibility for international aviation and shipping emissions in their carbon-cutting commitments.
  3. Cut Carbon Trade – Future trade deals should drive trade in fair and low-carbon produce, cutting high-carbon trade. Trade deals should be helping farmers and businesses that invest in sustainability and tackling the climate crisis, and stop encouraging fossil fuel use and driving extractive, exploitative market dynamics.
  4. Regulate Businesses – Governments must strengthen business regulations, so that businesses are encouraged to invest in sustainable supply chains, pay fair prices to farmers, and take ownership of the environmental issues in their supply chains. They must be prepared to compel those who fall short to meet their responsibilities.

Governments must strengthen business regulations, so that businesses are encouraged to invest in sustainable supply chains, pay fair prices to farmers, and take ownership of the environmental issues in their supply chains.

They must be prepared to compel those who fall short to meet their responsibilities.

Read more about the Farmers and the Climate Crisis HERE.