On June 29, we connected our national movements against coal, and took action together, in celebration of our growing global movement. Together, in spite of the odds against us, our movement is more visibile every day. We are, slowly but surely, succeeding in overturning coal in nonviolent battles everywhere.
June 29 is not a one-off event but a catalyst for global and local action.
With more people joining the movement, we can bring about a new age – an age of united resistance against dirty energy, in support for real renewable energy solutions. With climate change showing more of its face every day, it is only through acting together that we - activists, organisers, and ordinary folk - can empower and strengthen each other for the long fight ahead. Through international solidarity, we can legitimise civil disobedience and nonviolent confrontation of the fossil fuel industry.
Why 29 June?
350.org organized a first-of-its-kind convergence in Istanbul from 24-30 June 2013, with 500 climate-movement leaders from 135 countries. This event, Global Power Shift, was the starting point of a new wave of climate movement activism in 2013 and beyond. These activists are returning home to kick off National Power Shifts across the globe to catalyse powerful national movements calling for bold climate action.
On 29 June, these activists joined a mass mobilisation in Istanbul - a national day of action against coal. Greenpeace and 350.org together wanted to seize this opportunity, to make 29 June a statement against coal that echoes throughout the global movement. We all need to stand together to End the Age of Coal.
Who is involved?
Greenpeace, 350.org, Avaaz.org, and other global partners started this initiative and open web platform to support growth of grassroots activism that is essential in winning the coal fight. The aim is to create a platform for us all to tell our stories of local and national coal battles – chances are, there’s already a group near you fighting coal on the front line – plant by plant, mine by mine, coal port by coal port. We will be connecting the dots on the map – if you know of a local fight, please put it on the map!
What were the actions on June 29 & where did they happen?
There were various actions on the day which are indicated on the map.
The goal of events on June 29 was to demonstrate the strength of the global movement, with events that are emblematic of ongoing local struggles against coal.
What can I do to help?
- Sign the pledge to record your name as part of this growing, global movement against coal.
- Add your coal battle to the map to show the diversity and strength of the movement around the world.
- Tweet or share on Facebook to spread the word - 10 reasons to stand against coal, 10 reasons to stand for renewable energy!