As countries continue to put forward their plans ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris this December, citizens from all walks of life joined together this weekend to them a clear message: fossil fuels have no future.
In two days of Reclaim Power actions grassroots group and NGOs alike highlighted the threats of dirty, harmful energy, and the global fight for people’s rights to safe, renewable energy sources.
In actions in countries across the world, groups called for a ban for new dirty energy projects; an end for government subsidies and public handouts to dirty energy; divestment from fossil fuel corporations; universal access to energy; and an of excessive consumption by corporations and elites.
The latest round of protest came as the global movement calling for renewables continues to build momentum and grow in size.
The global movement for divestment grew 50-fold in just the past year, with the divestment pledges topping $2.6 trillion.
According to an Arabella Advisors report released just last September 22, the divestment pledges span 430 institutions and 2,040 individuals across 43 countries.
The installation of renewable energy is also increasing. In the United States, solar energy is the fastest-growing source of power, while in the UK and Germany onshore wind is now the cheapest energy sources.
And from Costa Rica, to Uruguay, to Bangladesh, many countries are already leading the way in forging a path towards 100% clean energy.
The Reclaim Power initiative is now in its third year.
The initiative organized 580 actions in 60 countries throughout October 2013, and carried out 630 actions last year just across one week of global actions also last October.