Council formally agrees to endorse the creation of a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Brighton & Hove City Council has agreed to endorse the creation of a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty at a meeting held on Thursday 3rd February 2022.
Following proposals from Green Councillors, the council has formally endorsed the creation of a treaty, joining cities across the world. This includes Barcelona, Sydney and Toronto.
The treaty takes inspiration from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in the late 1960s. A fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty would aim to commit nation states to end new expansion of fossil fuels, phase out existing production and invest in a transformational plan to ensure equal access to renewable technology across the world.
The treaty has also been endorsed by Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and the Divest East Sussex campaign.
Councillor Hannah Clare, Deputy Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said:
“We are really thrilled to join other cities across the world who have signed up to make a clear statement to prevent the spread of fossil fuels. It is time for them to end – and for Governments to enable investment that ensures that no one is left behind.
“In Brighton & Hove we have strong commitments to tackling the climate crisis, but we are held back by government inaction and cuts to our budgets. If the government are serious about tackling the climate emergency, they must commit to financing the ending of fossil fuels and other climate adaptation measures.”