International Energy & Climate Campaigns Respond to IPCC

 
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Activists around the world, including anti-fracking protectors currently on the move from Barton Moss to another fracking frontline, welcomed the latest UN climate science panel’s report today.

Passages of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report were highlighted – particularly on the need for fundamental changes in our energy systems. Campaigners and activists involved in fighting for energy transformation in various countries collaborated under the ‘Reclaim Power’ banner to release the following statements:

At the IPCC launch in Berlin:

Theresa Kalmer, a local climate justice activist, said:
“We are highlighting the on ground experiences that this report talks about. In every country there are movements fighting for an energy transformation – stopping dirty energy and building community-controlled solutions. Governments need to listen to the voices of those struggles, read this science, and shut out dirty energy corporations once and for all.”

 

Re the campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline in Canada and the United States:

Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, said:
“As if we needed more reminders, the IPCC is telling us as bluntly as is possible: leave the carbon in the ground. Every new mine or wellhead or pipeline like Keystone XL translates straight into the sort of chaos they describe.”

 

From the Tata-Mundra Coal Plant in India:

Souyma Dutta, an activist with the Beyond Copenhagen Collective in Delhi, which is supporting the resistance of the local community said:
“This project is a monstrous climate spoiler – as for adding only about 0.33 % to India’s Total Primary Energy Supply it is contributing about 1.72% of the country’s total CO2 emissions. Thus, incredibly – this Tata-Mundra energy is over five times as carbon-intensive as India’s present energy mix.”

 

Re proposals for fracking gas at Barton Moss in the UK:

Helen Rimmer, an activist with Friends of the Earth engaged in the local struggle said:
“The UK Government is ignoring the well-founded concerns of affected communities and pursuing a reckless dash for gas for the benefit of those who will make huge profits from fracking. But the inspiring movement being built around Barton Moss and other fracking frontlines shows the power that communities have when they come together, and will pave the way for a new energy future – based on clean community-owned renewables not dirty fossil fuels.”

 

Re proposals for a mega-hydro dam in the D.R. Congo:

Peter Bosshard, Policy Director of International Rivers, who is working to support dam-affected people in the region, and advocates for alternative community-controlled energy access solutions, said:
“The DRC government and the supporters of Inga III need to critically examine their role in this project and to promote transparency and the pursuit of world standards in the development of these projects. There is need for transparency, sincere and committed public engagements, and implementation of an energy development path that addresses the needs of the country.”

 

Re proposals for waste-incineration in cement kilns in Mexico:

Jorge Tadeo Vargas, an activist with Revuelta Verde, who worked with the community in Huichapan, said:
“We’re calling on the Mexican Government and municipalities to hear the local communities’ demands and stop their complicity with the cement industry – waste incineration is burning our planet and getting our people sick. Why do we have to put up with it when there are better alternatives?”

 

Re the Drax coal and biomass plant in the UK:

Ms Almuth Ernsting, an activist with BiofuelWatch in the UK, said:
“Drax is a perfect example of what is wrong with the governments’ definition of renewable energy. There is nothing renewable nor remotely climate friendly about clearcutting and burning biodiverse and carbon-rich forest ecosystems. Coal power stations need to be shut down, not converted to false solutions. And renewable energy subsidies need to be reserved for genuinely
renewable, clean and sustainable forms of energy.”

See the stories from each of these places – plus some positive examples of clean, community-based alternatives – at  www.reclaimpower.net

 
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