Hundreds of organisations have expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people in a collective demand that governments end fossil fuel production once and for all.
The current crisis sees Putin weaponising oil and gas money to threaten livelihoods and fuel terror with escalating violence, underscoring the fossil fuel system’s role in driving conflict.
Powering a war machine
This war is a fight for Ukrainians’ own freedom – but. more broadly, a fight for self-determination worldwide.
The letter, initiated by a dozen Ukrainian climate organisations, recognises that this war is a ‘grave violation of human rights, international law and global peace’ fuelled by the oil and gas money that powers Putin’s war machine.
40% of Russia’s federal budget comes from oil and gas, which also make up 60% of Russia’s exports.
The signatories urge governments to ‘use all nonviolent means necessary to stop Putin and his war machine, restore peace, and end this egregious murderous aggression’.
‘I hope the world gets our message loud and clear – there has never been a better time to phase out fossil fuels and stop buying coal, oil and gas from Russia. Ukrainian civil society is urging all investing countries and businesses to open their eyes. The coal, oil and gas money are what is fuelling this war right now. Take your shares out of the Russian fossil fuel business and plan to urgently increase the speed of just transition to renewables.’
Coordinator of CAN EECCA
A just transition
Governments must work together to manage transition to a clean and safe renewable energy in a way that is fast and fair.
This also means stopping ‘all trade and end investment in Gazprom, Rosneft, Transneft, Surgutneftegas, LukOil, Russian Coal and others’, seeing a cease to all financial services for Russian energy companies operating in the coal, oil and gas sectors.
‘This horrific war in Ukraine that sees people dying every day is the result of governments and oil giants having blindly tolerated Russian acts of violence and oppression for many years to maintain the status quo of the fossil fuel economy. We call upon all governments, companies and financial institutions to divest, end all trade and embargo all fossil fuels from Russia. We call for justice and peace. We call to overcome this. We want no more wars. Nations worldwide must commit to the rapid and just transition away from all fossil fuels. Fossil fuel companies cannot be allowed to make their ‘peace washing’ to justify extensive fossil fuel exploration.’
Ukraine-based climate activist and strategist