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Here’s our monthly newsletter again. December’s mostly been focused on the COP for us, with plenty of interesting nuggets to read and watch in the mail below. As there’s plenty of amazing things to read below, we’ll keep the intro short, just a small reminder to get in touch with us if there’s something we can do to support and connect: So now, let’s go on to December’s gas stories!

Gastivists @ COP 24

A few Gastivists went to Poland earlier in the month for the climate circus - the 24th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, where world ‘leaders’ drag their feet and corporate lobby groups run riot. We came to make sure there were voices against gas speaking loud and clear amongst the green washing, and to connect with gastivists from around the world.


Pipeline in Katowice

In a groundbreaking victory for anti gas activists around the world, this pipeline was blocked from entering the climate negotiations..! If only. We had a lot of fun convincing security to allow a 5m long ‘NO GAS’ pipeline into the venue, check out the video.

Panel discussion: "No room for fosil gas in a 1.5°C world"

In our official event Carol from the Midcat resistance in Catalonia and Roscoe from the anti fracking resistance in the UK came to COP to share their powerful stories. They spoke alongside Wanun from Climate Watch Thailand, Antonio from MOCCIC (Movimiento Ciudadano Frente al Cambio Climático) in Peru, May Boeve from 350, and Bob Howarth, methane scientist from Cornell University.


You can view the recording of the event here.

Toxic Tour COP24
We organised  a toxic tour of COP24 - guiding activists and journalists through the country stands to reveal what is really going on with their greenwashing efforts and their push for more gas infrastructure. Read more here and watch the livestream

EU-Gas lobby even walkout

The president of Gasnaturally mega lobby group, who is also CEO of Snam, the company building the TAP pipeline, was left speaking to an empty room. Activists emptied the room when he began to promote gas as a climate solution, and a way to ‘capitalize’ from climate change. This event was hosted in the EU’s space, showing the deep collusion between the EU and this huge lobby group. You can watch it here or read more here.

The event was hosted the same day the EU voted on the Connecting Europe Facility, voting through funding fossil fuel projects for the next 10 years. Outside the event we heard stories resistance to new gas projects from around the world.

Resistance stories at the COP

Midcat resistance at the COP

This is a crucial time for midcat pipeline resistance, as French and Spanish regulators are expected to make a decision on MidCat's future by end of January. It needs this approval in order to benefit from EU money to help in construction.  The story was brought to the international stage by activists at the conference. Watch it here.


UK energy minister interrupted by anti fracking activists

The UK energy minister, who has been overruling democracy to impose fracking on communities and region, hosted an event at COP24 to celebrate the UK’s gas and wood burning energy plans. 5 activists stood up and spoke out during her event. The packed room realised Claire Perry’s energy policy is not as celebrated as home as she presents on the international stage, and activists were offered to meet with her back in the UK.

Video "Broken Lives, Stolen future" - the impacts of gas in Mozambique

Shell, Eni and Anadarko are planning a gas terminal in Mozambique. Justiça Ambiental (Friends of the Earth Mozambique) released an excellent mini-documentary on the fight against impending gas exploitation in Mozambique. It is called "Broken Lives, Stolen Future". Watch it to understand how it will displace communities, deprive people from their livelihoods and destroy our climate. You can check it out on Youtube here (with English subtitles) or on facebook over here.

Upcoming in 2019: webinars!

This year we organised different webinars on gas and seeing how popular they were, we’re planning on organising more of them. Stay tuned, but we hope to be able to offer different webinars in 2019 on the topics of alternatives to gas, “Why gas is bad” and financial campaigning for gastivists.


Take action against Jordan Cove LNG in Oregon

On December 6, 2018, the Oregon Department of State Lands opened up a 60-day public comment period on a critical permit needed to construct the 229 mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline and the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. You can let them know why you think it’s a bad idea on this handy page.

More reading

  • There’s a new page on our website about the role of gas in China:
  • As if we haven’t got enough gas already, back in November, Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy, with the backing of the EU, have reached an agreement on laying the world's longest underwater pipeline
  • More positive news from the US where the court tossed the permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail
  • Friends of the Earth released a Myth Buster debunking the Myths around Croatia’s KRK LNG terminal project.
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