As the climate hots up, so does the fight to avoid catastrophic climate change by keeping fossil fuels in the ground. This spring there will be opportunities for everyone to join actions in the UK or further afield:
: End Coal Now - Ffos-y-Fran, South Wales
As part of the Groundswell year of action, Reclaim the Power are taking the fight straight to the source of the most polluting fossil fuel: open cast coal mining in Wales. Miller Argent, the company responsible for the mining operation in Merthyr Tydfil are wanting to expand their operations into neighbouring Nant Llesg, with no regard for carbon emissions and the wishes of local people.
The May bank holiday will see a camp with workshops and trainings to build a vision of the future and culture of resistance, culminating in a mass action to shut down Ffos-y-Fran.
Get more information and sign up for e-mail updates here.
The brilliant Time To Cycle are going to be cycling there from London via Reading, Devizes, Bristol and Cardiff. More information is on their Facebook page.
: Going Backwards on Climate Change - London ( )
No more UK backtracking on climate! Since May 2015 clean energy technology has been sidelined in favour of a dash for gas, insulation cut and fracking, roads and runways pushed through despite strong local opposition. So what better way to mark the government's one year anniversary than to march - backwards - down Whitehall? A creative and colourful protest that will make a serious point: we're running out of time to act on climate change, and we can't afford to go backwards. More information on the march and the government policies we're protesting about are on our website.
Join the Facebook event here and invite your friends in order to make it massive!
There will be local events on a Going Backwards theme as well - stunts, public meetings and stalls, encouraging people to contact their local MPs (particularly Conservative ones!)
Please do get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org - if you'd like to be involved in your area. The more individuals and groups that can support initiatives, even on a small scale, the more impact we can make!
: Ende Gelände - Lusatia, near Berlin, Germany
The farewell to coal continues: Vattenfall, owner of the coal field in Lusatia is trying to sell its German lignite coal branch. This is a unique chance to finally close down opencast pits and coal power stations and to show that it is possible to phase out coal in a socially and ecologically responsible manner.
Yet, Vattenfall is only looking to sell: A new investor is supposed to carry on the centralised, destructive energy system for decades to come. This deal would be the biggest investment in coal in the whole of Europe – meaning more resettlements, new power stations, pollution of drinking water and climate disaster.
With the demand - End coal now! - hundreds will shut down the coal mining in Lusatia in a mass action of civil disobedience, standing where the diggers have to stop. Anyone, whether experienced in activism or not, can take part in the action.
Visit the Ende Gelände website for more information and to sign up for updates: www.ende-gelaende.org/en
Once again Time To Cycle are organising a two week ride from the UK to Germany, connecting with riders from other countries along the way. To be part of this amazing event go to the Facebook event.
We hope to see you at one of these actions!
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