Open Letter to the UK Government: Kick Polluters Out of COP26

From Glasgow to across the globe, 243 organisations and counting are calling for big polluters to be kicked out of COP26.

**Alok Sharma has written a (very poor) response to the open letter, which can be viewed here. 

The stakes could not be much higher. Big Polluters have no place in the UN Climate Talks.

If you are from a community group, activist network, trade union or other not-for-profit group, you can support our demands by clicking this link to sign our open letter to the UK Government. 

The Open Letter

Dear COP26 President,

The climate crisis is driven by climate pollution, but we are not all equally responsible for this pollution: a 2019 study revealed how just 20 companies were responsible for one third of all emissions.

To protect vulnerable communities we urgently need a just transition to a fossil-free world but many polluters, whose profits depend on inaction, won’t let this happen. Their presence in the UN climate talks is poisoning the debate. The UK Government must take a firm stance  and kick climate polluters out of the 2021 UN climate talks in Glasgow.

We demand five steps are taken to realise fossil-free and polluter-free UN climate talks:

  1. Don’t let polluters in

Don’t give UK passes to polluters or their industry representatives, invite them to speak at events, or share the stage with polluters. Encourage others to do likewise.

  1. Don’t take polluters’ money

Don’t take sponsorship money from polluters, inside or out of the formal talks. Challenge other countries and participants to do the same.

  1. Don’t promote polluters’ lies

Reject the false solutions put forward by climate polluters such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Bio-Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), fossil-powered hydrogen, solar radiation management, natural gas as a “bridge fuel”, or the use of wood-fired power plants.

  1. Lock polluters out

Lead moves in the UN to permanently shut climate polluters out of UN processes by adopting a conflict of interest policy that blocks access to accreditations, expert and advisory bodies and UNFCCC posts, and bans sponsorship deals. The World Health Organisation has moved to block tobacco companies; the same principle applies here.

  1. Deliver climate justice

As co-hosts of COP26, silence the voices of polluters and instead prioritise those worst affected. Pushing for fair-shares commitments to cut climate pollution, support adequate funding for loss and damage to communities and ecosystems, and show global leadership with a bold and just transition away from fossil fuels for the UK. 

We would like to meet with you at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss how these demands can be met.

Yours Sincerely, 

Glasgow Calls Out Polluters

UK Youth Climate Coalition

Culture Unstained

Biofuelwatch Europe

Friends of the Earth Scotland


Fossil Free Politics

Corporate Europe Observatory

COP26 Coalition

Oil Change International

Polluters Out

CESTA: Amigos de la Tierra El Salvador

Salvaginas Colectivo Ecofeminista – Bolivia

Forest People’s Program


Sangguniang Kabataan

BP or Not BP?

Young Friends of the Earth Scotland

Africa Europa Faith & Justice Network

Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities (AERC-Ghana)

Zero Hour

Get Glasgow Moving

Ecologistas en Acción

Abibiman Foundation


Grave Pelo Clima Brasil

Divest Strathclyde

Friends of the Earth Europe

Robin Hood Tax Campaign

Water, Justice & Gender

Tripod Training

Platform London

Innovea SDG Hub

Centre for Renewable Energy and action on Climate Change


Centre for Biological Diversity

Frack Off London

Reclaim the Power

Green Anti-Capitalist Front Glasgow

Global Forest Coalition

The South African Youth Climate Change Coalition (SAYCCC)

Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism

Students for Future Regensburg


Fridays For Future Nederland

Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI)

ASEED Europe

Fridays For Future India

Coal Action Network

Global Justice Now

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland

BP or not BP? Scotland

Debt Observatory in Globalisation (ODG)

Friends of the Earth International

LCOY Germany

Women Environment and Youth Development Initiative

Glasgow University Amnesty International

Shift Our Subsidies

Energy Shift Global Ltd.

Fridays For Future Scotland

People and Planet

Re-Earth Initiative

AbibiNsroma Foundation

Notre Affaire a Tous

Climate Justice Antigua


Fossil Free London

Divest Kassel

Glasgow University Feminist Society


Australian Forests and Climate Alliance Inc.

Earth Ethics, Inc.

Extinction Rebellion Glasgow


Transition Edinburgh

Fridays for Future Glasgow

Breathe Clean Air Group


Organic Growers of Fairlie

Teach the Future Scotland


Weald Action Group


Fridays For Future Suomi

London Mining Network

New Weather Institute

Rapid Transition Alliance

Servicios de Educación y Promoción Juvenil SEPROJOVEN

Solar Professionals Gambia Chapter

Divest Parliament

Left Ecological Forum

Rogue Climate

Trafford Air Quality Services

UK Student Climate Network


Association des Citoyens pour le Développement Durable en Haïti (ACIDDUH)

Fracking Free Clare

Free Our City

Faith for the Climate


Green Planet

University Student Chamber International

Youth Advocacy Program Africa

Helping Hand International


Scientists for Global Responsibility

Extinction Rebellion Edinburgh

Break Free From Plastic

Zero Hour Perú

Reclame Fossielvrij / Fossil Free Advertising

Rapid Decarbonization Group

WoMin African Alliance

University of Edinburgh Feminist Society

Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth, Young Friends of the Earth Norway)

Adfree Cities

Global Witness

Shale Must Fall

Jubilee Scotland


Scot.E3 (Employment, Energy and Environment)


Northants Friends of the Earth

Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines


Divest Hackney

Wings for Amazon


West of Scotland Development Education Centre

Youth and Environment Europe

Arkbound Foundation

Atome et Carbone

Women of Colour – Scotland

Maslow’s Community Shop

Teach the Future UK


Re: Common

Market Forces

Berks Gas Truth

Tipping Point

Extinction Rebellion Forres

Organization Against Weapons of Mass Destruction in Kurdistan

Carbon Watchdog


Better Path Coalition

Friends of the Earth Falkirk


Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Positive Action in Housing

Parlement des Jeunes Leaders de la Société Civile Guinéenne

Reclaim Finance

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN)


Campaign against Climate Change

Surfers Against Sewage


Comitato Popolare “Lasciateci Respirare”

Manchester Wildlife Group


Ican Kurdistan Network

Adblock Norwich

Corporate Accountability

Car-Free Norwich

Glasgow Eco Trust

Ambleside Action For A Future

XR UK Citizens’ Assembly Working Group

The Climate Riders A.S.D.

Grandparent Climate Action Durham

Extinction Rebellion Scottish Borders

Earth Thrive

Green Wedmore

A World Without Chemical and Biological Weapons – WWW

Extinction Rebellion North

Athens County’s Future Action Network

Kurdistan Without Genocide

Global Justice Glasgow

Organization of the Justice

Extinction Rebellion Richmond

CEDEUAM (Centro di Ricerca Euro Americano sulle Politiche Costituzionali) – Università del Salento 

Fridays For Future Ukraine


Ecotòno APS

Rete “Legalità per il clima”

Wanstead Climate Action


Associazione A Sud – Italia

CDCA – Centro Documentazione Conflitti Ambientali

Past Plastic Cincinnati

XR Biel / Bienne


Sierra Club Miami Group

Nepal Integrated Development Initiatives (NIDI)

Unite Community

Colombia Solidarity Campaign

Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds

Glasgow COP Collective

Memar e Millat

Unite The Union – University of Glasgow Branch

Anglesey Centre of Mission Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Group

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Falmouth and Penryn XR Community Group
Extinction Rebellion COP26 Group

Colombia Solidarity Campaign

Trivelle Zero Molise

Transition in Kings

Collectif BreakFree Suisse

Greenpeace Northants

PIVJET International

The Ecologist

Go Vegan Scotland

The Good Lobby Italia

Friends of the Earth Falkirk

Unite The Union – University of Glasgow Branch

Earth First!

Glasgow Trades Union Council

Transparency International Korea

Extinction Rebellion North Devon

Rethinking Climate

DYDF Bangladesh


Organisation pour la Protection de l’Environnement Guinéen OPEG

International Anti Terrorism Movement

Earth Hacks

Youth Network for Positive Change

Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement: JVE_Mali

Sustainability Week Accra

Per il Clima Fuori dal Fossile

Center for People & Environ (CPE)

PUSH Sweden

Kishoka Youth Community Based Organization

Students for Global Democracy Uganda

Youth Compassion for Humanity Uganda

Stichting Uruma Uganda

Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate

Climate Reality Project Nepal

Youth for Challenge

Menstrual Talk

Women Rights & Sustainable Society (WRSS)

Voice Of Hope Youth Organization International

Youth and Women for Opportunities Uganda

Glasgow Home Education Group

Woodcraft Folk

Stay Grounded

Sitwell For Climate Justice