Transition Treaty

The so-called Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 was one of the most important moments of environmentalism. It resulted in several documents: the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biodiversity and Principles of Forest Management. 20 years later, at Rio+20 it had to be stated that substantive progress had not been made. Civil society faced an even weaker role in the face of corporate hijacking of the agenda, diverting it from the focus on sustaining human and non-human life on the planet towards moneymaking from the crisis (“green economy”). In order to come up with grassroots alternatives to the “official” outcomes the governments were (or were rather not) going to produce, a Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties Process was initiated.

One of the treaties deals specifically with ending the fossil age and was developed by an international team, including several members of LINGO. It is called: “Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty On Transitioning to a Zero Fossil Fuels World“. It lays out the case for the transition of humankind to the post-carbon age, and an action plan for the transition. Its signatories are committed to initiating it. The treaty is still open for signature. You can sign it here.