2nd Draft

May 1, 2020

Glasgow Agreement:
People’s Climate Commitment

The institutional framework used by governments, international organisations and the whole economic system for the climate crisis is failing in keeping global warming below 1.5 or 2°C by 2100. This institutional framework was built to fail and to create an illusion of climate action while decisive steps being delayed and greenhouse gas emissions continuing to rise. The main institutional arrangements on climate change, namely the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement have not produced the reduction in the global greenhouse gas emissions that is required to stop the impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement is only a procedure, and will not be able to achieve its own goal to prevent the worst consequences of climate change.

Hundreds of governments, municipalities and organisations have declared a climate emergency. Massive protests in the streets all around the world have also repeatedly called for decisive action on climate justice inside the timeline of 2030 with scientific consensus on the need for a 50% cut of greenhouse gas emissions in this period. This powerful climate justice movement needs new tools to address these fundamental contradictions and to reverse the global narrative from institutional impotence into social power.

As such, the undersigned organisations and social movements assume:

  1. The need to collectively cut greenhouse gas emissions, taking responsibility into their own hands and abandoning the single focus in institutional struggle - namely the focus on negotiations with governments and the United Nations;
  2. That political and economic noncooperation, as well as nonviolent intervention, in particular civil disobedience, are the main tools for the fulfilment of the Glasgow Agreement. In this context, civil disobedience is defined as a non-violent, purposeful and justified breach of laws made publicly, directed at governments, public and private companies and infrastructures, which we intend to use as a last resort, as past actions have shown that political and economic power has been unyielding and apathetic as regards the global environmental crisis. We interpret it as collective tactic used with sincerity and moral conviction, which advocates for justice among free and equal persons, and consists of carefully chosen actions using legitimate non-violent means. We will be open and accountable for our acts of civil disobedience, and will act in solidarity with others facing repression or legal consequences for their actions of civil disobedience. Given the progressing climate and ecological emergency, we are convinced that inaction is criminal and we believe ourselves to be liable to be accountable if we fail to break the laws that establish, protect or reproduce the collapse of our global environmental material conditions.
  3. The political framework for these required cuts and climate action will be that of climate justice, which is defined as “ “
  4. The production of an inventory of main sectors and emitters of greenhouse gases and future projects in each country, that will be nationally and internationally advertised and defined as priority for shutdown;
  5. To define their own local and national strategies on how to stop new projects and major national greenhouse gas emitting sectors and infrastructures, and calling for support of other organisations appertaining to the Glasgow Agreement (nationally and internationally);
  6. To support other member organisations of the Glasgow Agreement with tools for achieving the objectives of the agreement.

The Glasgow Agreement will come into effect when at least 400(?) organisations and social movements from 50 (?) countries in all continents have signed it.


The indication of the nationally required cuts will be based on methodologies such as the Climate Equity Reference, Climate Fair Shares or Paris Quity Check that propose equitable national contributions based on historical emissions and capacity.

Two months after the signing all members of the Glasgow Agreement will have produced their first national inventory of new projects and main emitters with an order of priorities for shutdown. In each country the members will produce this list collectively. This information will be centralised in a public website of the Glasgow Agreement and directly reported to all members. This website will also receive communication from all organisations on required assistance.

There will be a template for this inventory.

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