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October 31, 2016
Climate

#ReclaimPower: Urge governments worldwide to say ‘no to dirty energy!’

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria tells Chevron to stop manipulating climate talks. Photo: Corporate Accountability International

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria tells Chevron to stop manipulating climate talks. Photo: Corporate Accountability International

As the world faces the threat of irreversible climate change, now is the time to demand the shift to clean, community-based, and democratically controlled energy systems. To ensure the clean energy transition is indeed just and equitable, however, we must first protect climate policy from the influence of big polluters.

Corporate Accountability International is currently partnering with allies all around the world on Kick Big Polluters Out actions for the Reclaim Power October Days of Action. A collaboration between movements, communities, and our allies, Reclaim Power is calling on governments to say no to dirty energy.

The 2016 October Days of Action are happening now around the world. In total, we are partnering on 17 actions in 12 different countries—from Bangladesh to Argentina, Sri Lanka to Kenya.

These events build power for the movement to transition from dirty, corporatized fossil fuel energy to clean, sustainable, renewable energy. They also highlight why kicking big polluters out of climate policymaking is a critical piece of that transition.

These actions are occuring just weeks before these leaders will convene in Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22).

These are just a few of the ways partners and organizers have been reclaiming power this month:

  • Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria held a big rally in front of Chevron Nigeria headquarters in Lagos, challenging the corporation for its abuses and political interference.
  • In Bangladesh, SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) formed a 75 person human chain outside the National Press Club, building pressure through the media for their government to take action.
  • The International Youth Council Kenya Chapter held a roundtable panel presentation and discussion with over 65 attendees including media representatives and a spokesperson from the U.N. Environment Programme.
  • In El Salvador, Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña conducted an action at the Festival Raíces in San Salvador where they exposed the need to end dirty energy projects and transition to renewable energy.

These actions are just the beginning. With events continuing all the way into November, people around the world have the chance to learn about climate change, the big polluters driving it, and how climate policy can change to address the needs of people and the environment.

Say no to dirty energy and reclaim democratic control of our natural resources. Sign the statement addressing all governments now!