Friday, October 11, 2013

Reclaim Power! Global Month of Action on Energy

Reclaim Power: October 11 to November 11, 2013 - Be part of the global month of action on energy. 
NO to dirty and harmful energy!
YES to renewable energy for people and communities!

We face a planetary emergency and now is the moment to step up our efforts to transform our societies. The Earth’s climate is destabilizing and the planet is in crisis. Climate change is already harming our food and farms, oceans and fish, our access to freshwater. It is causing the increase in frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events that lay waste to lives, homes and livelihoods. 

All around the world people are rallying to respond to this emergency. We are harnessing our knowledge, our vision, our will, our compassion, and our solidarity - to fight climate change and its causes, and to build solutions that work for people and don't destroy the planet. 

We need to do so much more -- to reach and mobilize many more people and communities; to scale up and intensify collective actions; to strengthen the links between local and national struggles across all countries for powerful global actions -- to address the causes and consequences of climate change and profoundly transform our societies.

Our fight against climate change involves the transformation of energy systems

Energy is a vital requirement to fulfill basic human needs and rights. It is a great injustice that the global consumption of energy is huge and rapidly rising and yet there are more than 1.3 billion people with no access to electricity, and many more with barely enough. It is an even greater injustice that current energy systems are bringing grave harm to people and planet.

Among the many harmful consequences of dysfunctional energy systems is the excessive and fast increasing emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the burning of fossil fuels which includes plastics and tires. This is the immediate cause of global warming and climate change. The energy sector is the largest and fastest growing contributor globally -- 35% of all human GHG emissions come from this sector.

Resisting dirty and harmful energy and false energy solutions 

Many communities and movements are fighting long-standing battles to stop dirty and harmful energy. Coal, oil and gas industries displace communities, pollute the land, water and the air, cause sickness, and destroy livelihoods. Technologies such as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” being used to scale up and increase the extraction of fossil fuels have led to even more destructive impacts.

We are fighting for energy systems that are Renewable, safe and clean. In various part of the world, people are proving that these alternative energy systems are possible and feasible, defending their right to build these systems, and giving us hope for our future. 

Click here for the Global Map of Activities and Action.

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