BONN, Germany, June 10 (Reuters) : Environmental groups urged governments on Wednesday to ban oil companies and other big corporate polluters from any involvement in U. N. talks on slowing climate change, saying any role was like letting an arsonist work as a fire jet fighter.
They presented a petition in order to “kick big polluters out of environment policy” at 190-nation talks within Bonn on curbing global heating, signed by 224, 000 people and backed by about 20 groups including Greenpeace USA and Jungle Action Network.
Bill McKibben, co-founder of green group 350. org that was part of the alliance, said firms that emitted fossil fuels were area of the branchement ampoule led voiture Venissieux problem, not the solution.
“Why would you let the expert arsonist join the volunteer open fire department? ” he asked.
The organisers criticised England, the host of a Paris peak in late 2016 meant to agree a global deal to limit climate change, for letting companies including power utility Electricite de France to become among sponsors of the event.
And they doubted the sincerity associated with six European oil and gas companies – BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and France’s Total – which last week urged talks on adopting carbon pricing.
The United Nations, however , is trying to build a broad coalition for action beyond governments – including companies and metropolitan areas – to limit emissions blamed by a U. N. panel with regard to causing more droughts, floods and rising sea levels.
Christiana Figueres, head of the U. N. Weather Change Secretariat, said last week she’d continue dialogue with oil and gas businesses, for instance, saying they “have a massive role to play in solving environment change. “
The activists said inviting oil companies to discuss climate shift was like asking advice from cigarettes companies about health policies.
The environmentalists urged adoption of guidelines similar to those by the U. In. ‘s World Health Organization requiring governments to protect health policies “from commercial and other vested interests from the tobacco industry”. (Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Hugh Lawson)