It's all because of a powerful international treaty that almost no one has heard of: the Energy Charter Treaty.
It was designed to encourage energy companies to invest in developing economies, but now it's being weaponised to sue countries when they try to shut down toxic coal plants and oil rigs -- wrecking our transition to 100% clean energy. Companies have already won over $50 Billion from taxpayer funds -- and more and more countries are still getting caught in the trap.
But finally there’s a plan to scrap it. Italy has already withdrawn, and now France, Spain and others are calling for the treaty to go. If we champion their call with a 1-million strong petition, it could fuel a major revolt at a critical negotiation this week. This is our chance to make sure no one is sued for acting on climate change.
This joint petition is supported by a coalition of over 20 organizations, coordinated by CAN Europe.