1.1. UK spends more on supporting fossil fuels than renewable energy.

1.2. The communities hardest hit by climate change have contributed least to the problem: the poor, the indigenous, the global south.

1.3. UK is a key holder and enforcer of globally accrued debt.

1.4. UK currently does not recognise climate displacement as grounds for refugee status.


2.1. Destruction of ecosystems is a crime.

2.2. Debt cancellation and global tax reform is essential to climate justice.

2.3. A Just Transition requires state intervention and legislation. 

2.4. Transition costs should be borne by the polluters.

Resolves to support:

3.1. Immediate transfer of all fossil fuel support to Just Transition funds with legally binding green jobs guarantee for fossil fuel workers.

3.2. Cancellation of current oil/gas licensing rounds. Legislation preventing future licensing.

3.3. A legally binding link between future stimulus/bailout eligibility, climate action and workers’ Just Transition.

3.4. Cancelling all developing country debt held by UK government or banks. Legislation preventing UK courts stopping developing countries halting payments.

3.5. Honest carbon accounting without recourse to unproven carbon-capture technologies.

3.6. Delisting companies failing to protect workers/environment in global supply chain.

3.7. Aiding climate resilience in global south via cross-border sharing of technology/intellectual property and funding for R+D.

3.8. Freezing public investment in ecologically destructive activities. Use of public procurement to create community wealth and climate resilience.

3.9. Building links internationally with indigenous groups, trade unions and other actors resisting ecological assault.

3.10. Legal recognition of climate refugees’ right to asylum under UK and international law. Labour-run authorities to become Cities of Sanctuary.

*3.11  UK to reposition itself within OECD from resisting Biden’s global tax reform proposals to pushing for more far-reaching reforms that move towards ending the hegemony of the OECD itself by supporting the moves at the UN towards a new global tax convention.

*Not included in the original submission for conference but added by the LI GND group later in May 2020. The original motion was first past by LI Germany & Switzerland branch and then voted as policy by the Labour International CLP GC in April 2020. We are keen to see this motion being put forward to other CLPs. For any questions please email us at 

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