Tell Boris Johnson to support an International Loss and Damages Fund #TodayNotTomorrow

Boris Johnson

Our world is on fire. Polluters must pay. Tell Boris Johnson to support an International Loss and and Damages Fund #TodayNotTomorrow.

To: Boris Johnson
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In 2021, we are seeing the impacts of climate breakdown like never before. Ravaging fires in Greece, Turkey and the Pacific Northwest; floods in China, India and Germany; catastrophic drought in Madagascar – the first famine to be attributed solely to climate change.

We must do much more to avert further climate breakdown and adapt to its impacts. But there are some impacts which cannot be adapted to. Whether it is a cyclone flattening a whole city, as happened to Beira, Mozambique in 2019; or islands losing more territory and fresh water to the waves each year – the fate of the Solomon Islands, among others – it is clear that international support is needed to address climate-related loss and damage.

Burning fossil fuels is by far the biggest cause of this destruction. It’s high time the countries and the corporations responsible for burning all that coal, oil and gas who picked up the bill. But so far, there is still no international fund for loss and damage.

This COP26 is an opportunity to make progress on establishing this fund. Governments need to work together to find new sources of finance, like an international tax on fossil fuel extraction. This must be a separate funding stream, not taken from existing aid budgets or climate finance pledges.

Loss and damage finance is a life-or-death priority for the Least Developed Countries group in the United Nations climate talks. This COP's success balances on the creation of a new financial window for this issue.

Not only do we have a moral duty to act, but we have a historical responsibility too. Trust in the COP negotiation process has been badly damaged by lack of action from the richest countries, but the UK as COP President has an opportunity to help rebuild this trust and leave a truly positive legacy.

Boris Johnson, we call on you to show global leadership by declaring UK support for an International Loss and Damage Fund to compensate communities hit by climate disasters at the earliest possible time.