1. Coconut-leaf windmills dotting the Pacific
At 19 events across 15 nations, people from Pacific island states will be featuring Kikonang. Made from coconut leaves, they’re intended to symbolize the immediate need for a just transition to renewable energy. Despite contributing the least to the causes of climate change, whilst enduring some of its worst effects, Pacific people are showing real climate leadership. They’ll be handing in petitions calling on local institutions, leaders and governments to pledge by 2020 that they will commit to 100% renewable energy (Tokelau is already there!)
2. Huge numbers in Paris, France
Paris is set to have record-breaking numbers at its Saturday march. Last week, France’s famed Environment minister Nicolas Hulot suddenly resigned over an inability to get meaningful work done for the climate. Following the announcement, organizers have seen a major spike in attendance, and more than 60 events are planned in France.
3. Women-led action against coal in Asia
In the Philippines and Thailand, women are leading marches against coal. In Quezon City (Philippines), a women’s march in front of the Department of Environment will push for the end of coal development in the region. They’ll be acting in solidarity with women marching against coal and rallying in front of the UN Climate change meeting in Bangkok. Some of the projects they’re combating include the Thepa Coal Plant in Pattani (Thailand) and projects in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (in the Philippines).
4. The world’s largest street mural in San Francisco
At the flagship location in San Francisco, tens of thousands will march in the biggest climate mobilization the west coast of the U.S. has ever seen. So to do it justice, people will be painting the biggest street mural the world has ever seen, to permanently lay down the message: we must stop all fossil fuels and accelerate to 100% renewable energy that works for everyone.Painting is already underway – read more here.
5. A callout from Turkey to California
Kadıköy, a municipality in Istanbul, is expecting a big turnout over the weekend for a festival featuring movie projections and public forums. The Kadıköy Climate Ambassadors and members of the local community have been key organizers, and are campaigning for the municipality to commit to 100% renewable energy. The mayor will be in attendance – and along with citizens, they’ll call on other local leaders gathering in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit the following week to commit their municipalities to action.
6. A big moment for a just transition in Portugal
The movement to go Fossil Free has been building up in Portugal, and now we’re seeing some important forces join. People mobilizing to halt oil development – most recently offshore drilling of the southwestern coast near Aljezur – will march alongside the country’s biggest trade union, and more than 40 other groups. They’re joining together to demand a fair and rapid transition to renewable energy, and an end to all new fossil fuel projects in Portugal. That means a concrete plan for an energy transition towards renewables. Lisbon will host the biggest march, but others are planned in the cities of Porto and Faro.
7. A #RiseforClimate Ship sailing into Sydney Harbor
That’s right – in addition to the 40 events planned across the country-continent, a ship with sails featuring images from Rise will sail across the iconic harbor. They’re also publishing a report with the most inspiring renewable projects and actors from across the nation, and a big anti-fracking rally will take place in the remote Northern Territory.
8. Multi-day action in Nigeria to go renewable
In Nigeria’s capital, the Abuja Climate Summit will kick off on Thursday to push for real commitments to go Fossil Free in a country dominated by oil development. Politicians and religious leaders will gather to share ambition and commitments they’re making for a Fossil Free world. Then, a public, art-infused march, led by youth, will showcase this action on the 8th. It’s an impressive application of the theory of change behind Rise: getting actionable local commitments to go Fossil Free.
9. One of the world’s first “Virtual Hologram Marches” in Manila
What to do when policing makes it hard to hold a march? Get creative! Organizers in the Philippines are using technology to enable participation from home. People are sending in images of themselves to be projected in iconic locations around the city, where a “normal” rally might never reach.
And that’s a wrap – with 748 events now in 89 countries (and rising daily!) you can be sure that September the 8th is going to be both amazing and incredibly inspiring.
Wherever you are in the world, there’s bound to be a #RiseforClimate action happening near you. You can still join an event near you, and follow all the live coverage over the weekend:
As we get closer and closer the Rise for Climate global day of action on September 8th, 350.org’s Thanu Yakupitiyage spells out for us one more time why it’s so important to get out there and demand real climate action from our local leaders.
“National governments are still falling short on their commitments on climate action — they’re still investing in fossil fuels.
That’s why we’re intensifying our calls for elected officials to act.
We need bold climate action now.”
If you haven’t joined the Rise for Climate movement yet, find or start a local action near you:
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On 8th September thousands of people around the world will be taking part in a creative and diverse global mobilisation called Rise for Climate. This global day of action aims to demonstrate the urgency of the climate crisis by highlighting the increasing impacts being experienced by frontline communities while simultaneously showcasing innovative community-led solutions.
There will be hundreds of events showcasing 100% renewable energy champions, celebrities and local personalities. All over the world people will #RiseforClimate to challenge the decision-makers attending a Global Climate Summit in California on 12th September to make more ambitious commitments to end the age of fossil fuels and accelerate their climate action.
There are already more than 800 registered actions in over 90 countries around the world. Here are some highlights:North America
- In the United States hundreds of actions are planned under the banner Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice with large actions focussed in several states with pivotal midterm elections this November but the flagship march will be taking place in California. Tens of thousands of people will take to the streets in San Francisco in a highly visual event, including the world’s largest ever street mural, to represent diverse communities on the frontlines of climate change – people suffering escalating climate impacts like severe flooding and people suffering the ongoing impacts of fossil fuel extraction like water pollution.
- In Canada more than 20 actions will take place to boost local opposition to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline that poses a direct threat to indigenous, farming and rural communities across the country.
- In Peru indigenous peoples, the Iquitos, will join in a public celebration of Mother Earth and reflect their stories of displacement and dispossession at the hands of the fossil fuel industry.
- In Colombia cycling events will be followed by public festivals and public art displays to celebrate reforestation, oppose fracking, and promote renewable energy, while in Brazil activists will be working with the Mayor of Curitiba city to build on the city’s new fracking ban by committing to become Brazil’s first zero-carbon city.
- Regional climate summits, accompanied by public artworks, will take place in countries regularly exposed to climate impacts: South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal. Local decision-makers will attend these events along with frontline communities in order to discuss plans for leading the way in the just transition to fair and equitable energy systems for all.
- There will be many decentralised actions across the continent including events calling on churches to divest from fossil fuels and encouraging schools to lead on deploying distributed renewable energy.
- In France actions will focus on putting pressure on town halls as communities in areas that are experiencing climate impacts like sea level rise and flooding will rally together against the fossil fuel industry and proposed dirty energy projects like the MidCat pipeline. In Turkey there is also going to be a focus on local governments as community members raise the pressure on three municipalities to commit to 100% renewable energy for all.
- Distributed actions will take place across Germany in an effort to boost support for the national phase-out of coal with others demanding that the national pension fund and Archdiocese divest.
- In Belgium, Denmark and Sweden, there will be large demonstrations and marches. In Portugal, a large march will take place to promote climate jobs and a just transition to 100% renewable as the country’s largest trade union continues to strengthen its relationship with the climate movement. And in Ukraine a large power-shift event, also supporting 100% renewable energy, will reflect the creative use of public spaces in the region by incorporating colourful street-paintings and murals.
- Women will lead the way in Thailand and The Philippines with a series of marches taking aim at massive coal projects in the region, while in Manilla groups also standing up against destructive fossil fuels will deliver one of the world’s first virtual marches. People will have holograms of themselves projected in places that a regular march might never reach.
- In Nepal communities living in the shadow of Mount Everest will take part in events to share their experiences of climate change melting glaciers and damaging the fragile ecosystems that they rely on to survive. While in Indonesia an interfaith dialogue will take place to call for 100% renewable energy.
- In Thailand a march will take place in Bangkok, outside the venue as national government representatives meet at the UN Climate Change Conference, to bring the message from tens of thousands around the world taking part in Rise for Climate to the negotiators.
- Across the Pacific Island Nations where climate impacts threaten the existence of entire communities and cultures, people across 15 nations will be petitioning their places of worship and faith institutions to commit to 100% renewable energy and demonstrate climate leadership on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
- In Australia images will be projected onto the sails of a ship crossing the iconic Sydney harbour to promote more than 40 Rise for Climate actions across the country targeting town halls, universities, and banks as well as a summit to promote non-federal government institutions divesting from fossil fuels.
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