A blockade in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 7 September, where a gas terminal was just denied its final permit on climate grounds. Photo: Gastivists
We’re seeing the surge of people power from September’s Global Climate Strike translate in to real change.
Targeted campaigns have achieved big wins in the last two weeks, from a fossil gas terminal blocked in Sweden, to oil and gas exploration held off near one of Brazil’s sensitive coral reefs.
But our work isn’t over — and tragedies like Typhoon Hagibis remind us of the urgency of this moment. If we’re going to keep scoring wins against the fossil fuel industry, we have to continue to ride this momentum.
Enjoy this edition of Fossil Free News, and we’ll be back in two weeks with more climate movement news from around the world — and ways you can get involved.
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In Case You Missed It
No deal: A pristine ocean area in Brazil is safe from oil and gas exploration, after the government failed to auction four blocks affecting Abrolhos National Park. Oil executives admitted they did not make any offers because of pressure from environmental activists. Outside the auction itself, protesters demanded an ocean without oil. More
Japan: Typhoon Hagibis devastated central Japan, claiming over 75 lives as levees broke and floodwaters rose. The damage reveals that existing infrastructure is not enough to protect people in this era of more intense storms fuelled by climate crisis. More
EIB stalls: On Tuesday, the European Investment Bank postponed its decision on whether to end fossil fuel finance, after last-minute lobbying from the gas industry. Its draft policy would have, if approved, ended funding of fossil fuel projects by 2020. Activists have been fiercely campaigning for months – expect them to keep pressure up until the new vote in November. More
You can demand EU Finance Ministers approve this bold new fossil free path and send a signal to banks around the world:
The Inside Story
In a huge win, the Swedish government decided last week to deny the EU-backed Gothenburg gas terminal its final permit on climate grounds. Read this inspiring letter from Fossilgasfällan, the local group that made it happen with years of resistance and a hundreds-strong blockade in September.
Do you want to start your own local group to fight the fossil fuel age? There are plenty of resources to help you get started.
On this 10-minute episode of The Indicator, Bill McKibben talks about the beginnings of the divestment movement and why it’s necessary to ‘follow the money’ to end fossil fuel finance. Listen
The One to Watch
‘Canto al Agua’ was composed by Catalina Torres, a Colombian musician and organizer, for the Climate Strikes in Colombia. She brought 60 people together to sing it in chorus and is encouraging youth to keep using art and creativity to fight climate breakdown. Watch and listen
Use Your Power
Need more ideas for ways to get involved? Find out how you can keep up the pressure, whoever and wherever you are.
You can also take the survey to let us know how you’ve been using your power over the last two weeks.
October 25th 11:30A-1P 350Wenatchee.org Protest @ Wenatchee Chase Bank – Join us on the corner of Orondo & Mission in Wenatchee and continue to send the message that Chase needs to get out of the Fossil Fuel Extraction Business!!! We have signs!
October 25th – 350Wenatchee.org meeting after our above ACTION. Bella Bistro Café (across from the Plaza Super Jet) Come meet and plan with us.
October 26 – 350Wenatchee.org and other Climate Concerned Groups at Pybus Market – 8:00-1:00 This is the last market for the year!
The “Friends of Horan” sub- committee, under the Conservation Committee of North Central WA Audubon Society invites us to participate in:
More information can be found at: the NCWAS conservation webpage The June 24 Wenatchee World featured a full page article about our vision for Horan: https://www.wenatcheeworld.
If you cannot attend the event, please take the survey – link is under Tech Center address
“If you’re concerned about what the climate crisis means for the Earth and our future, the single most important thing you can do is talk about it with your friends and family.” Here is an excellent article by the “Climate Reality Project” on how to be successful. Starting a Climate Conversation
Alec also includes a couple of great articles in case you miss today’s call!
Reminder that our next Chase coalition call is TODAY!
What: Chase coalition monthly call
When: Monday, October 14th, 5 Pacific / 8 Eastern
Also, in case you missed it here are two recent articles in the Guardian that mention our efforts:
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MONDAY:October 14th – Climate Conversations NCW Meeting @ the Fire Station social time: 5:00 Meeting starts at 6:00, 206 Easy Street in Wenatchee
WEDNESDAY: October 16th – Interfaith Climate Group at Susan Evan’s home @ 1:00 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for address.
THURSDAY: October 17th – Green Drinks at Wenatchee Valley Brewing Co., 108 Island View St. at their outdoor pub by Riverside 9. Hosted by Sustainable Wenatchee featuring 350Wenatchee.org 4:30 pm
Here are 2 articles of interest from Yale Climate Connections: