Reclaim Power, a collaboration of social movements, international networks, NGOs and grassroots organizers, is working on every continent to highlight the connection between energy systems and climate change.
We are united around the following demands:
- Ban new dirty energy projects
- End government subsidies and public handouts to dirty energy companies.
- Stop excessive energy consumption by corporations and global elites.
- Redirect and mobilize public finance to ensure people’s universal access to energy and make the complete shift to public and community/decentralized renewable and clean energy systems as soon as possible.
- Divest from fossil fuel corporations.
And we came together under the following call to action, issued in 2013:
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 are strengthening our communities for immediate and irreversible climate impacts and paving the way for new systems where all people lead lives of dignity and our planet is out of peril. 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. Corporations and elites are benefiting the most from this dirty energy system, and states and private corporations are increasingly using repressive means to secure the current systems.
...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. Dirty and harmful energy is not just fossil fuel energy - it includes the aggressive production and promotion of large-scale agro-fuels at the expense of food and livelihoods, mega-dams and hydro projects that devastate river ecosystems and cause massive environmental damage, dangerous nuclear power, and the toxic burning of waste to generate tiny amounts of energy. These are now being promoted as "clean energy" solutions to climate change.
…and fighting for real energy solutions
We are fighting for energy systems that are
- Renewable, safe and clean
- Owned and operated by and for people and communities
- Ensure access for all people
- Powering systems of production, social reproduction, distribution and consumption that are compatible with the limits of the planet and are aimed at meeting the needs of peoples rather than the relentless pursuit of profit.
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.