The UK Youth Climate Coalition has joined forces with Brazilian youth organisation, Engajamundo, to lobby Greg Hands MP in an open letter.
Mr. Hands, the Minister of State for the Department of International Trade, was exposed by Greenpeace in November for lobbying the Brazilian government on behalf of oil companies.
UKYCC and Engajamundo said in their open letter: “As an MP you also carry great responsibility towards the people of the UK. You were not elected in order to be a mouthpiece for BP and Shell.”
The telegram, which revealed MP Hands’s covert lobbying, was leaked immediately following the UNFCCC COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany.
The information showed that in 2017 the MP travelled to Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and spoke on behalf of BP, Shell and Premier Oil with Paulo Pedrosa, the Brazilian deputy minister for mines and energy.
Since the concerns of these British-owned companies were shared, Brazil has proposed an offshore drilling tax relief plan, and awarded Shell six of the eight deepwater drilling blocks on offer at an auction.
UKYCC and Engajamundo, who both had representatives at COP23, listened as the Minister For Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Claire Perry, said: “…we are taking our commitments under the Paris Agreement very seriously, and following them up with concrete action.”
This contradiction of values for British, Brazilian and international climate policy led UKYCC and Engajamundo to write a letter to MP Greg Hands, which was emailed on January 16 2018.
The letter, which can be viewed here, calls for MP Hands to “acknowledge the harm done to people and the environment by fossil fuel companies, to explain and apologise for [his] lobbying of Brazilian oil, and to pledge to never again support such business”.