GROUPS MARCHED TO MENDIOLA CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS AND COAL MINING
GROUPS MARCHED TO MENDIOLA
CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS AND COAL MINING
Dressed in black shirts climate justice activists led by Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), marched to Mendiola (near Malacanang Palace) today and calls for President Aquino to immediately impose a moratorium on building new coal-fired power plants and coal mining operations.
Global Protests Target Coal - Warn of Dirty Energy's Impact on Climate
Today, 22 October 2013, protests are being staged across the world as a part of an international day of action against coal, the world’s largest dirty energy source.
The actions are part of Reclaim Power, a global month of action on energy.
“Coal is incompatible with the future of our planet. In fact we require an urgent transformation of our energy system away from destructive sources like coal and towards low-impact, climate-friendly energy under direct democratic control. On October 22, we join the Reclaim Power actions against coal and for this alternative vision." Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice & Energy Co-coordinator at Friends of the Earth International said.
Friends of the Earth International is a part of a global alliance of movements, networks and NGOs that have come together under the banner ‘Reclaim Power’, to focus attention on the energy transformation that is needed to stop run-away climate change.
First Mass Action in oldest coal mining site in the Philippines
Historic Mass Action in Caluya against Coal!
On October 22, 2013, more than 100 residents of Semirara Island a 6km-long march from Poocan to the caluya Municipal Sub-office.A program was held to register the peoples opposition to the expansion of coal operations and extension of coal mining and coal power plants in Semirara, Caluya. This is part of the National Day of Action Against Coal in the Philippines led by the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and also a contribution to the Global Reclaim Power Movement.
Check video here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-5hr0zFHX8&feature=youtu.be
Reclaim Power Joins Global Frackdown
Activists across all six continents took part in Reclaim Power’s Global Day of Action Against Fracking as a part of the 2nd Global Frackdown on the 19th of October.
Examples of actions included ‘Blue October’ mobilizations in Bolivia, stunts targeting corporate players in the fracking industry in the UK, community screenings of the film ‘Gasland Part II’, a sit-in of the energy ministry in Tunisia, and public forums connecting fracking to the right to water in Indonesia.
Actions, involving thousands of people across the globe, were focused on highlighting the threat that drilling and fracking for oil and gas pose to local communities and environments, as well as the contribution those fossil fuels make to climate change. For more information on the risks of fracking see this brief.
Led by Food and Water Watch, the Global Frackdown, included over 200 actions and highlighted community resistance to the controversial mining technique that threatens food production and causes large amounts of ‘fugitive emissions’ of methane, a gas with very high global warming potential.
Local, national, and global movements against fracking have been successful in stopping particular projects and achieving local-area and national-level bans against the dangerous technology.
The day of action against fracking is one of many as a part of Reclaim Power, a global month of action on energy, that is calling for a ban on fossil fuel projects, an end to government hand outs to dirty energy corporations, an end to excessive consumption by elites, and for public finance to ensure people’s universal access to energy.
UN Climate Report Sparks Month of Action on Energy
TODAY - With the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report that confirms climate change caused by human emissions is not only happening but accelerating, with devastating consequences for both people and the planet, a global alliance of movements, activists and NGOs united to announce that the energy transformation begins right now.
The alliance, stretching from grassroots organisations, national and international networks, and large NGOs on every continent declared that across October and early November they would "Reclaim Power" with a "Global Month of Action on Energy." Protests against dirty energy companies in South Africa and Bangladesh coinciding with the release of the report, demonstrate growing public outrage at failed, dirty and harmful energy systems, particularly in light of the latest climate science.