Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

The Global Month of Action on Energy

11 October to 11 November 2013

The Global Month of Action on Energy is a joint initiative of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice with other networks, movements and campaigns working on energy issues.

We are calling on people, communities, organizations and movements from around the world to organize and/or join various forms of actions and initiatives that will take place within a period of 30 days to articulate and demonstrate popular opposition to dirty and harmful energy and popular demand for democratic, public renewable energy systems for people and communities. There will be specific days devoted to particular issues /targets – ie a day on Coal, on Fracking, on Oil, on Nuclear etc.

Common Calls and Demands

The organizers of the Global Month of Action on Energy share the following common calls and demands:

Calls

  • No to dirty and harmful energy! No to Coal, Oil, Conventional/Non Conventional Gas, Mega-dams, Nuclear, Agrofuels, Energy to Waste Incineration!

  • Yes to Renewable Energy Systems controlled by and for People and Communities!

Demands

  • Ban all new dirty energy projects (global, regional, national and local)

  • Stop government/public handouts to dirty energy companies
  • Redirect public finance to support public and community/decentralised energy systems and ensure peoples access to clean and renewable energy

Dates

The Global Month of Action on Energy will be on October 11 to November 11 – which covers the following events:

October 11 – 13
Annual Meeting of the IMF and World Bank
October 16
World Food Day
October 19
Global Frackdown Day
November 10
Anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa – Nigerian writer, environmental activist and winner of the right Livelihood Award and Goldman Environmental Prize
November 11
Start of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) international climate talks in Warsaw, Poland

Discussions are currently taking place with community organizations and energy co-operatives around a day of solidarity with energy alternatives.

Climate change represents a planetary emergency. The impacts of the failure to tackle climate change are already being felt, and will only get worse unless we act urgently and decisively. The global economic system has failed both people and the planet and a central problems is the continuing addiction to and expansion of the use of fossil fuels while billions of people have little access to energy for even their basic needs.

The Carbon Tracker research shows that only a small percentage of known reserves can ever be burned, but governments and fossil fuel companies are still looking for more. They want to squeeze every last drop of known fossil fuel reserves while looking for more sources, including highly dangerous forms of dirty energy such as shale gas/tar sands.

Tackling climate change requires stopping fossil fuel extraction and use and making the shift as quickly as possible to renewable sources and energy systems controlled by and for people. Simply promoting renewable without ending fossil fuel use is not enough to prevent runaway climate change.

Globally many of our communities, movements and organisations are fighting long-standing battles to stop individual dirty energy projects Some of these campaigns have come together in much needed national, regional and global networks to pursue common platforms to share campaign ideas, and to co-organize actions. Others are focused on the fight against dirty energy from other key angles including the use of public finance for dirty energy projects, the urgent demand to solve energy poverty and energy crises by creating renewable and democratic energy alternatives, and the expansion of private corporate control of energy services.

We aim to organize and catalyze different forms of actions in all regions of the world, with the general emphasis in this first initiative less on the scale of mobilizations but more on the breadth and scope in terms of number of organizations and communities participating, and number of countries, and cities where different actions will take place. This will be a laying of the foundations for future efforts which will involve scaling up of numbers and intensification of forms of actions.

Movements which are already planning mobilizations during this period prior to this proposal for declaring global month of action will have their own objectives, messaging and plans on how to conduct for their days of action. The promotion, publicity and communications effort for the Global Month of Action will highlight, enhance and complement these movements and their days of action.

Objectives

  1. To raise public awareness of the climate crisis, its causes and solutions; by drawing attention to a central issue – the continuing addiction to and massive expansion of fossil duels; and broaden their understanding of the kinds of energy that are used, how energy is used, who benefits, who suffers the negative consequences, and what are the alternatives

  2. To project global opposition to dirty and harmful energy as well as the calls for promoting democratic, public and community managed renewable energy systems to ensure energy access for people’s needs

  3. To highlight and reinforce different campaigns and struggles on Energy issues

  4. To provide opportunities and venues to reach out to and mobilize a broad range and spectrum of people, communities, organizations and movements

  5. To serve as an opportunity for movements and campaigns working on climate, energy and other related issues to establish links, strengthen relations, and have the experience of working together on concrete political activities and actions

  6. Lay the grounds for more ambitious and intensive, larger scale and scope, and bolder coordinated and joint actions in the future.

Individual Statements

In addition to the common “Call to Action” - co-organizers and participants will also issue individual statements that more fully articulate their analyses, framework, positions and demands on Energy.