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Press release calling on Total to address climate change in vigilance plan

Author: Notre Affaire à Tous, Les Eco Maires, Sherpa, and Zea, Published on: 19 June 2019

On October 23rd 2018, 13 cities and [Notre Affaire à Tous, Les Eco Maires, Sherpa, and Zea] challenged Total after the corporation released a vigilance plan that failed to mention climate change... This omission is in direct contradiction to its legal obligation to undertake the actions necessary to prevent both human rights violations and environmental harms caused by its activities... 25 international organizations [including Total] are responsible for more than 50% of all global emissions. As a major energy corporation, Total is the only one originally responsible for 0.9% of global emissions... By not limiting its gas emissions to help keep global temperatures below 1.5 C, Total is failing to comply with the Paris Agreement... We ask Total to prove that they are contributing to and heeding the Paris Accords. A report titled " Total : la stratégie du chaos climatique " by Notre Affaire à Tous, 350.org, and the Amis de la Terre shows that...  Total’s promises and subsequent economic model are incompatible with... the Paris Accords. Following a meeting on June 18th between Total and organizations and cities involved, Total has not shown any motivation to change. Concerned parties are willing to take further action against Total to remind them that no one is above the law if they continue their current ways... [This] response against Total by concerned cities and associations is a part of a global movement, aimed at making companies recognize the role they have played in climate change and convincing them to reduce gas emissions.

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