In 2016, the fossil fuel industry faces an existential crisis.
Every single country in the world has now agreed to begin coordinated climate action, the fossil fuel industry is slipping into financial crisis thanks to historically low prices, and two consecutive years of record global temperatures have increased support for a just transition to 100% renewable energy for all, like never before.
There has never been a better moment in history to break free from fossil fuels.
This May, organizers on every continent are planning a global wave of mass actions that will give the world a mandate to confront and end the industry at their weakest moment in generations.
Here are the plans that have been announced, as of today:
Indigenous people and climate activists will join hands for four different peaceful actions addressing key parts of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure — from where the gas is fracked in Indigenous land, to its risky transportation, to where it is burned. The exact details are being kept confidential, but thousands of participants are expected across more than a week of action in all areas of the country. Click here to join in Brazil.
Last year 1500 people entered the pit of a lignite coal mine in the Rhineland as part of Ende Gelande, and in May hundreds more are coming to Lusatia, where local communities have struggled against mining and resettlement for years. There they will engage in civil disobedience to stop the digging in one of Europe’s biggest open-pit lignite mines, which the Swedish company Vattenfall has put up for sale. The action will show any future buyer that all coal development will face resistance, and demonstrate the movement’s commitment to a different kind of energy system that prioritizes people and the planet over corporate power and profit. Click here to join Ende Gelande this May.
In the Niger Delta actions will be held in 3 iconic locations that epitomise the decades old despoiling of the region. The actions will show clearly that Nigeria, nay Africa, is better off without the polluting activities of the fossil industry. They will also underscore the fact that people’s action remains the viable way to save the planet from mankind’s addiction to fossil fuels. Click here to stand with the action in Nigeria.
On May 4, the people of Batangas, joined by communities and organizations resisting coal all over the Philippines will converge and march at the heart of Batangas City, to rise up and say no to JG Summit Holdings’ proposed 600-megawatt coal-fired power station in Barangay Pinamucan Ibaba, as well as to demand for a national moratorium on all new coal and expansion projects in the Philippines.
Reclaim the Power will be shutting down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine – Ffos-y-fran in Wales 11-million tonne mine run by the company Miller Argent. The local community have battled the mine for years already, and face the threat of a new mine next door. The coal from this mine also fuels Aberthaw, a power station so dirty it’s been breaking the law for eight years. This action will stand in solidarity with them, and with communities on the front lines of extraction and climate change across the world. Click here to stand in solidarity with them.
Activists are targeting 6 key areas of fossil fuel development: new tar sands pipelines in the Midwest with an action near Chicago; fracking in the Mountain West with an event outside Denver; ‘bomb trains’ carrying fracked oil and gas to a port in Albany, NY; Shell’s devastating refinery pollution north of Seattle; action around offshore drilling in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts taking place in Washington, DC; and dangerous oil and gas drilling in Los Angeles. These diverse actions will all escalate critical local campaigns that target the unjust practices of the fossil fuel industry that burdened the poor and people of color with the bulk of the industry’s pollution. Click here to see everything planned in the US.
In a country that plans to add 80 (yes, 80) new coal plants in the coming years, residents in the Izmir region are uniting to confront plans for coal in their communities. They will come together to oppose the use of an illegally-operating coal waste dump that services 3 coal plants and 2 petrochemical plants. This action will unite several fights against individual coal plants into a unified stance against the current Turkish government’s plan to dramatically expand the use of coal in the country. Click here to be a part of the event in Turkey.
By confronting the power of the fossil fuel industry, we can create space for something better to grow in its place: from clean energy projects to local solutions that provide for a just transition to a new kind of economy
And by coordinating our escalation across the planet this May, we will show the fossil fuel industry that they have no place left to run: the world is through with their pollution, their corruption and their greed.
Together, we can make this the turning point.