Fossil of The Day 4 December:

4 December                                    

Dubai, UAE

Contact: Muhammed Saidykhan, Head of Building Power, Climate Action Network International 

Communications: Dara Snead, / +447917583349

About the fossils: The Fossil of the Day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999, in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Forum. During United Nations climate change negotiations (, members of the Climate Action Network (CAN), vote for countries judged to have done their ‘best’ to block progress in the negotiations in the last days of talks.

Every day at 18:00 local time you can watch the Fossil ceremony at Action Zone 9 (near the entrance)

Fossil of the Day Award: Brazil, Opec+ is not how you spell Climate Leadership

The excitement at last year’s COP was palpable, with Lula’s Brazil promising to be a breath of fresh air as a climate champion.    

But, as Uncle Ben in Spiderman would say, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. Brazil is the winner of today’s Fossil of the Day as they appear to have mistaken oil production for climate leadership. Brazil’s dash for oil undermines the efforts of Brazilian negotiators in Dubai who are trying to break old deadlocks and act with a sense of urgency. 

Brazil’s Energy minister, Alexandre Silveira, thought it strangely appropriate to announce membership of Opec+ on day one of the conference. In line with this skewed logic they must be thinking: in for a penny, in for a pound, as they have plans to auction off 603 new oil blocks on December 13, just one day after COP28 ends. This can’t be just a coincidence, right?

According to Agência Pública yesterday, expected emissions from one of the new oil frontiers Brazil wants to open, the Equatorial Margin (which includes blocks at the mouth of the Amazon River) will more than cancel out emission cuts achieved from zero deforestation by 2030. Contrary to what the oil companies tell us, you can’t offset the destruction of an entire ecosystem with one good deed. 

Brazil, we don’t want a tour of oil fields when we are in Belém in 2025. And, if you just want to join a club, then may we suggest you follow your next-door neighbour, Colombia by signing up for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty instead of Opec+.

South Africa Dishonorable Mention

A dishonourable mention goes to South Africa due to its recent decision to expand coal mining operations, violating its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Attention South Africa, you are being called to the principal’s office. You keep taking shortcuts which will only lead to dead ends on a dead planet if you prioritise short-term economic gain over long-term environmental stability. 

Contradicting your previous pledges not only poses a substantial threat to global efforts in mitigating the climate crisis, it’s a bad example for all the other kids. 

It is time to get back on the right path before you end up on top of the Fossil of the Day podium.


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Muhammed Saidykhan, Head of Building Power, Climate Action Network International 

Communications: Dara Snead, / +447917583349
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