Environmentalist Naomi Klein this week urged civil society organizations to boycott the 2023 COP 28 climate summit in the United Arab Emirates — one of the world’s largest oil producers.
She pointed to the failure of COP27 and its “weak climate agreement that protects polluters”
Klein argues that “now is the time to decide not to do this all over again next year when the summit will be in the UAE. Of all places.”
“Civil society should announce a boycott and instead hold a true people’s summit...Let’s try something new.” Klein wrote.
At COP27, civil society was suppressed, spied upon, and sidelined by Egypt’s authoritarian government while lobbyists from Exxon, Chevron, and other fossil fuel giants, responsible for record-high greenhouse gas emissions fought off efforts to include a fossil fuel phase-out in the summit’s final text.