The turnout wildly exceeded expectations, proof that this summer’s record heat, mega floods, and severe weather are putting the climate crisis, and the fight against fossil fuels, at the forefront of peoples’ minds. The turnout was global.
Imagine, for a moment, that you are a prominent environmental defender sentenced to five years in prison on false tax charges by a country that is increasingly trying to silence activists and academics.
The glossy website for the African Oil Summit in London last week called the event “Africa’s premier global energy conference”. Partners included some of the biggest international oil companies such as BP, Shell, Eni, E.on and Total.
The old saying is that the truth will come out. The state may lie and try and bury evidence. It may use brute force to cover up its tracks, but eventually, the truth will come out.
We have known for decades now that we must end the disastrous dirty oil age and transition to clean, renewable energy. The wording often used by scientists and activists is that we need a “just transition”. There is where society enables an equitable transition from polluting, undemocratic fossil fuel industries to cleaner community-led renewable technologies.
On January 18th, the Police murdered a twenty-six-year-old activist known as “Tortuguita,” who was campaigning against the controversial COP City near the city of Atlanta. In response to Tortuguita’s murder and the approval of Cop City’s final permit, Atlanta organizers are calling for a distributed week of action until February 26 and a large-scale mobilization in Atlanta from March 4-11.
German police used overwhelming force and violence against the protesters at the RWE-funded coal mine, with about 20 being injured and taken to hospital.
A Go Fund Me page has been created to help the widows of four Ogoni whose husbands were murdered by the Nigerian military back in 1995, along with the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. The widows finally gave up their decades-long legal struggle against Shell last year and are in desperate financial straits. Please help them.
Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin — the fossil fuel-financed, coal- and gas-loving Democratic Senator from West Virginia — failed in his latest bid to attach his “dirty deal” to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act.
There has been widespread condemnation of the UK’s highly controversial decision to approve the first new coal mine in 30 years in Cumbria.