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Gastivists Newsletter

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Hello again!

Or maybe not “hello again”, but hello for the first time. It doesn’t matter, we’re just happy you’re reading us and would love to hear from you as well. After all, we are here to share knowledge and news, facilitate the flow of information between grassroots groups and NGOs fighting gas, and support the movement however we can.

Get in touch if there’s something we can do to support and connect:
hello@gastivists.org

Free the Soil mobilisation video

Continue reading for more interesting facts, articles and videos

Action news from last month

First of all: congrats to the Gastivists Berlin who took the fight against the Goldboro LNG project in Guysborough County (Canada) to Europe. The German state wants to give a 4 billion USD guarantee for the fracked gas terminal, which is clearly an outrageous proposal. You can read their open letter here [in German] and sign the petition here [in German as well].

 

But that’s not all the news from Germany. Free the Soil also launched their mobilisation video for the camp and action they’re planning against Yara in Brunsbüttel near Hamburg in Germany. Yara one of the leading producers of synthetic fertilizers. So what are they doing in a newsletter about gas? Well: the production of synthetic fertilizers is dependent on cheap gas, both as input in the production process and as an energy source. So taking down Yara also means taking down an important consumer of the fossil gas industry.

 

Free the Soil isn’t the only gas-related climate camp next summer either! A couple of very exciting grassroots campaign being launched in the UK and Portugal! Reclaim the Power, a UK-based group that has been fiercely fighting fracking for years, are going to host a climate camp + action focusing on gas next summer.

Climaximo, a Portuguese group that has been leading the way in trade union work, has just launched a campaign against gas in Portugal also hosting a gas climate camp in summer 2019. Plenty to look forward to!

A new briefing on "renewable" gas by CEO

A week before the EU releases its 2050 Climate Strategy, Corporate Europe Observatory has launched a new briefing on ‘renewable’ gas and how industry is using it to keep our economy hooked on fossil fuels:

Part one of CEO’s new briefing dispels the misleading industry claims which are proving to be a dangerous distraction from effective climate action and risk to lock the EU into extended fossil-fuel dependency.

The second part of the briefing exposes some of the central lobbying tactics and aims of the gas industry, which is trying to influence decision-makers at the EU level and in member states.

Take action!

Call on your European Representatives and ask them to stop funding fossil fuels!

The European Parliament will be voting early December on a big pot of money (the CEF fund) that could either go to fossil energy OR clean energy and energy efficiency solutions.

Keep an eye out on Friends Of the Earth Europe who will be organising an online tool to put pressure on our representatives.

 

A second campaign which was launched last month was the  campaign by Oil Change International to tell the EBRD to stop investing in gas. The EBRD is revising its energy sector strategy for the next five years, and the final draft is schedule to be released by the end of the year. Right now, the draft strategy locks in gas as a part of the bank’s energy plans for years to come. You can sign the petition here.


BankTrack has launched a campaign targeting the 38 dirtiest banks in the world. The demands are simple: stop financing fossil fuels! The Call on Banks aims to put pressure on those Fossil Banks until they end their support to the climate wrecking fossil fuel industry. Join the nearly 200 organisations that have signed their Call on Banks here: www.fossilbanks.org - and share in your networks with #FossilBanksNoThanks !

More reading

  • An article in the Guardian exploring stranded assets and how the people may pay dirty fossil fuel investments THREE times. It’s becoming clearer every day the world has no capacity for new gas.
  • The Spanish Ministry for the Environmental Transition published a Climate Change draft legislation which would include a ban on fracking. It’s not official law yet, so let’s keep up the fight.
  • Over at Carbon Tracker they’re doing a good job at dispelling the myths surrounding renewable energy on which the fossil fuel industry build their case for gas as a transition fuel. They published one briefing on how the intermittency of renewables isn’t a problem and one on how their small market share isn’t a problem either.
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