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Our motion, as passed by Labour Germany/Switzerland is:

This branch/CLP/Conference Notes:

  • The communities hardest hit by climate change are those that have contributed least to the problem: the poor, the indigenous, the global south.
  • UK is a key jurisdiction for the enforcement of globally accrued debt.


  • Destruction of ecosystems is a crime against humanity, future generations, and life in all its forms.
  • Debt cancellation is the quickest route to climate justice.

Resolves to support:

  • Immediate halt to all fossil fuel subsidies; the money to be placed in a Just Transition fund.
  • Cancellation of all future oil and gas licensing rounds. Legislation to prevent future licensing.
  • Linking stimulus/bailout eligibility to climate action. No more bailouts for aviation, Big Oil or its financiers.
  • Labour-run authorities to become Cities of Sanctuary, supporting not deporting migrants.
  • Cancellation of all developing country debt held by UK government or banks.
  • Legislation to prevent UK courts being used to sue developing countries that decide to stop debt payments.
  • Delisting of companies in breach of OECD Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains.
  • Honest carbon accounting: no outsourcing of emissions, no use of unproven carbon capture technologies to balance the books in future calculations.
  • Cross-border sharing of technology and intellectual property in dual fight against climate change and pandemics.
  • Freeze on public investment in activities that carry a significant risk of ecological destruction.
  • Building links internationally with indigenous groups, trade unions and other actors resisting ecological assault.
  • Recognition of Ecocide as a crime under international law.
  • Legal recognition of climate refugees’ right to asylum.

We hope that other LI branches will provide input to this motion and improve it, before it’s presented to the General Committee to be debated and  voted on by delegates.

We plan to propose the resulting version as LI’s motion for Party Conference 2021.

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