636 fossil fuel lobbyists have been registered at COP27 talks, up 25% from last year's COP26. Unlike fossil fuel lobbyists, activists harmed disproportionately by the climate crisis "have effectively been shut out of the talks by high costs, visa challenges, and repressive actions by the hosting country."
There are more fossil fuel lobbyists registered at COP27 than any single national delegation with the exception of the United Arab Emirates. There are more fossil fuel lobbyists at COP27 than officials from Puerto Rico, Myanmar, Haiti, the Philippines, Mozambique, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, and Nepal, which the GermanWatch Global Climate Risk Index deems the 10 countries most impacted by the worsening global climate emergency.
"The extraordinary presence of this industry's lobbyists at these talks is therefore a twisted joke at the expense of both people and planet..."
"Tobacco lobbyists wouldn't be welcome at health conferences, arms dealers can’t promote their trade at peace conventions...COP27 looks set to be a festival of fossil fuels and their polluting friends, buoyed by recent bumper profits..."
"The climate crisis is upon us, yet world governments continue to protect the interests of a few greedy corporations instead of the people who are most affected," said the Kick Polluters Out campaign. "Nowhere is that more clear than at COP27, where big polluters like fossil fuel lobbyists have once again converged to greenwash their polluting image and block the climate action we so desperately need."