At a high level conference today on financing Europe's shift to clean energy, EU energy chiefs once again showed blindness to the danger to the climate of Europe's gas addiction.
Friends of the Earth Europe will join thousands of demonstrators in Bonn, Germany on Saturday to send a message of climate justice ahead of the UN climate talks.
The two weeks of negotiations – known as COP23 – open on Monday and will see several mobilisation moments. As negotiators discuss the 'rule book' for implementation of the Paris Agreement Friends of the Earth Europe will be demanding the urgent transformation of Europe's energy system away from fossil fuels.
In September 2017, energy experts and activists from 20 countries gathered in Spain and explored how clean, renewable energy can remain in people's hands.
For four days, people shared practical skills for how to create energy cooperatives and community energy projects, shared stories of victories and ongoing struggles and gathered tips to grow the movement of people owning and controlling energy.
On the Days of Action, NOAH decided to call out false solutions. Volunteers visited a number of board members of The Danish pension fund PKA. The message was clear: if PKA wants to live up to its green credentials it must divest from MGT Teesside.
After over six years of campaigning against fracking by Friends of the Earth Scotland and local communities, the Scottish government announced on 3 October to effectively ban unconventional oil and gas extraction - in short: fracking – in the whole country.
On 24 October, the Scottish Parliament voted in support of the government’s proposal.
This was the slogan for the Days of Action of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The network was quite busy last weekend: about local 130 groups took action and rumour has it that it was great! Here are a couple of stories from a very inspiring day.
To mark Friends of the Earth International Days of Action to mobilise against dirty energy and for climate justice last weekend, Young Friends of the Earth Ireland hosted a screening of multi-award winning film Gasland on Friday 13th October. Gasland explores the impacts of natural gas drilling, or fracking, on the environment and communities in North America, highlighting the link between fossil fuel exploration and climate justice.
October 14 was a creative day for Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth Spain. For the Days of Action, the local groups decided to paint murals collectively. And because it is nicer to paint to music, many of these actions were accompanied by live concerts and other activities to denounce the lack of climate action coming from the government as well as their connivance with the fossil fuel industry.
On October 13, the first Day of Action of our International Federation, Friends of the Earth Scotland inflated a huge globe depicting the dangerously warming world outside Scottish Government building at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh. We wanted to raise the alarm on the climate emergency and urge greater action from the Scottish Government.