A small town in East Sussex and an ex-coal mining community in Derbyshire have become some of the first places in the world to back an international climate campaign to end fossil fuel extraction. On Wednesday, Amber Valley Borough Council voted to support plans for a new “fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty”, which would phase out the supply of coal, oil and gas and help the world transition to cleaner energy. It followed Lewes Town Council, which unanimously endorsed the idea earlier in the month. The campaign, launched in September, aims to get all countries to commit to end the extraction of fossil fuels, which are the single biggest human source of greenhouse gases. Those behind it see the threat of climate change as just as serious – if not more so – as nuclear war and want a proportionate response. With three-quarters of the UK’s councils having now declared a climate emergency, more are expected to back the treaty campaign over the next year.
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