COMUNICADO: Movimentos sociais derrotaram o furo de Aljezur. Falta travar Batalha e Pombal.

GALP e ENI declararam hoje que desistiram de exploração de petróleo em Aljezur. Esta é uma importante vitória do movimento social por um Portugal livre de combustíveis fósseis. Falta travar as concessões da Australis Oil & Gas. Vamos continuar até acabar com estas.

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O consórcio GALP/ENI anunciou que renunciaram a concessão offshore na Bacia Alentejana. O furo de Aljezur levantou uma contestação social sem precedentes à nivel local, regional e nacional. Hoje temos menos um furo no nosso futuro. E esta é claramente uma vitória dos movimentos sociais.

Falta parar todos os restantes furos de petróleo e gás. Para conseguirmos atingir a meta dos 1,5ºC, temos de parar todas as novas infraestruturas de combustíveis fósseis e lançar uma transição energética justa e rápida.

Climáximo felicita todos os movimentos e cidadãos que participaram nesta luta.

Esta é mais uma vitória do movimento mundial pela justiça climática. Na semana passada parou-se o fracking no Reino Unido, ontem ganhámos contra carvão em Espanha, hoje ganhamos contra a GALP em Portugal. Amanhã ganharemos contra o furo de gás em Aljubarrota e o gasoduto entre Guarda e Bragança. Seguiremos em frente pela justiça climática!

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PRESS RELEASE: Social movements defeated the Aljezur drill. Next is to stop the drill in Batalha and Pombal.

In a declaration today, GALP and ENI announced that they gave up on the oil exploration project in Aljezur. This is an important victory of the fossil-free movement in Portugal. The next step is to stop the concessions of Australis Oil & Gas.

The GALP/ENI consortium announced that they desisted from the deep offshore concession in Alentejo. The Aljezur drill had raised unprecedented opposition locally, regionally and nationally. Today, we have one less drill in our future. And this is clearly a victory of the social movements.

Now we need to stop the remaining oil and gas projects. To limit global warming within 1.5ºC, we must stop all new fossil fuel infrastructures and launch a rapid and just energy transition.

Climáximo congratulates everyone involved in this struggle.

This is another victory of the global climate justice movement. Last month we stopped fracking the United Kingdom, yesterday we won against coal in Spain, today we win against GALP in Portugal. Tomorrow, we shall win against the Aljubarrota drill and the Guarda-Bragança gas pipeline. Marching forward for climate justice!

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Um gasoduto passou hoje pelo centro de Lisboa

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No dia de ação global contra Gás e Fracking, ativistas do Climáximo caminharam pelas ruas de Lisboa para chamar a atenção sobre o projeto de 160 km de gasoduto desde Guarda até Bragança, apoiado pela União Europeia. O negacionismo das alterações climáticas do governo português toma estende-se a todas as fases da exploração de combustíveis fósseis: desde furos de petróleo e gás em Portugal, passando por acordos de gás de fracking com Trump e a transformação do porto de Sines na porta de entrada desse gás na Europa, até à expansão de gasodutos para o transportar.

Temos de parar todos os novos projetos de combustíveis fósseis. Os ativistas transportaram um gasoduto onde se lia “A UE dá gás ao caos climático” e “Gás: tão natural como a extinção” até à sede do Banco Europeu de Investimento, para o devolverem. Ironicamente, o BEI também não quis aceitar a encomenda, pelo que os ativistas desmantelaram o gasoduto no local, visto afinal ninguém o querer.

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A gas pipeline passed through the city center of Lisbon today.

On the global day of action #GasdownFrackdown, activists of Climáximo walked through the streets of Lisbon to highlight the 160km gas pipeline project from Guarda until Bragança, a project supported by the European Commission. The Portuguese government’s climate denialism extends from deep offshore oil drills to fracked gas agreements with Trump, from gas pipelines to increasing the gas capacity of the Sines port.

We must stop all new fossil fuel projects. The activists carried the gas pipeline which read “EU fuels climate chaos” and “Gas is as natural as mass extinction”, and wanted to return it to the European Investment Bank office. Ironically, the EIB also did not accept the delivery, so the activists had to dismantle the pipeline at the spot, seeing that no one wanted it after all.

IV Encontros Internacionais Ecossocialistas – Manifesto

Alerta vermelho, alerta verde: dar forma à transformação ecossocialista

Ao olharmos criticamente para as primeiras duas décadas do terceiro milénio, soa o alarme ao vermos que o colapso social não está apenas a equiparar-se, senão a ultrapassar o desastre ecológico. A perda de biodiversidade e a destruição de ecossistemas essenciais atingiu níveis catastróficos, o planeta está na trajectória para aquecer bem acima do limite dos 2ºC, a poluição torna-se sistémica em todo os cantos da nossa Terra, vemos doenças que julgávamos extintas a voltar, ao mesmo tempo que estamos a perder os nossos bens comuns por todo o mundo para empresas privadas e governos estrangeiros. Actualmente, milhões de pessoas são expulsas das suas casas, das suas terras, locais de trabalho e até dos seus países, sem direito a escolha sobre os seu destino. Como consequência, vemos um renovado aumento da fome, do desemprego e da exclusão social, dando espaço ao aumento da desigualdade e da discriminação, do racismo, do nacionalismo e de atitudes patriarcais, colonialistas e reaccionárias.

As elites políticas e económicas capitalistas transnacionais persistem em tentar remendar as falhas do modelo económico capitalista industrial com falsas soluções tecnológicas e de mercado, a que chamam economia verde, desenvolvimento sustentável ou capitalismo natural. Cada nova crise é vista como uma oportunidade por estas elites para aumentar a financeirização, a militarização e a privatização de bens e serviços públicos.

Nada está a ser feito para resolver as duas principais contradições do capitalismo: a exploração dos mais importantes elementos produtivos – as pessoas e a Natureza. Sob a hegemonia capitalista industrial o que estamos a produzir, reproduzir, distribuir e consumir, em vez de progresso, é um profundo desenraizamento e a destruição dos próprios meios materiais e culturais que sustentaram as civilizações humanas.

Desde 2014 que colectivos ecossocialistas, ecofeministas, camponeses, sindicatos, movimentos sociais e organizações políticas se têm encontrado para imaginar colectivamente e pôr em marcha uma alternativa ecossocialista ao actual paradigma económico destrutivo. O Ecossocialismo, como crítica social teórica e prática, propõe-se a tarefa dupla de desmantelar o capitalismo, o produtivismo e a desigualdade, ao mesmo tempo que constrói as alternativas que possam produzir a justiça eco-social. Procura atingir a sua missão ao abordar questões críticas dos objectivos da economia e do trabalho, da produção e reprodução social, da propriedade dos meios de produção, a partilha dos bens comuns e os processos de decisão democráticos e solidários, tendo sempre em conta a restauração dos nossos ecossistemas fragilizados.

As pessoas que se propõe organizar a quarta edição dos Encontros Internacionais Ecossocialistas, em conjunto com as anteriores organizações das edições no País Basco, Espanha e Suíça, apelam à participação de colectivos, movimentos sociais, sindicatos, organizações políticas, investigadores, trabalhadoras, precários, desempregadas e todas as pessoas que se identifiquem com o ecossocialismo para juntarem forças e mentes na construção de uma práxis ecossocialista para as transformações sociais e o Bem Viver para todas as pessoas da Terra.

Esperamos vê-las em Lisboa de 23 a 25 de Novembro!

Programa: http://alterecosoc.org/programme/

Inscrição: http://alterecosoc.org/registration/


4th International Ecosocialist Encounters

Code red, code green: Shaping the Ecosocialist transformation

As we take critical account of the first two decades of the third millennium, we are alarmed to see that social collapse is not just matching but actually outpacing ecological disaster. The loss of biodiversity and destruction of essential ecosystems has reached catastrophic levels, the planet is expected to heat up well beyond the two degree limit, pollution in every conceivable corner of our Earth has become systemic, we are seeing diseases return that we thought were extinct, and all the while we are losing our commons all over the world to private enterprises or foreign governments. At moment, millions are expelled from their homes, lands, workplaces, even their countries, without any say in their destinies. As a consequence, we are seeing a renewed rise in hunger, poverty, unemployment and social exclusion, giving space to increased inequality and discrimination, irrational racism, nationalism and patriarchal, colonialist and reactionary attitudes.

Transnational capitalist political and economic elites are persisting in patching the failures of the industrialist capitalist economic model with false technology and market-based solutions that they like to call green economy, sustainable development or natural capitalism. Each new crisis is an opportunity for these elites to further financialise, militarise and privatise public goods and services.

Nothing is being done to address capitalism’s two main contradictions: the exploitation of its most important productive elements—people and Nature. Under the industrialist capitalist hegemony what we are producing, reproducing, distributing and consuming, rather than progress, is a profound disenfranchisement and the destruction of the very own material and cultural means that have sustained human civilisations.

Since 2014, Ecosocialist collectives, ecofeminists, peasants, trade unions, social movements and political organisations have been meeting to collectively imagine and set in motion an Ecosocialist alternative to the current destructive economic paradigm. Ecosocialism, as a critical social theory and practice, sets itself the joint task of dismantling capitalism, productivism and inequality, and constructing the alternatives that can produce eco-social justice. It seeks to fulfil this mission by addressing at the same time the crucial issues of the purpose of economy and work, of production and social reproduction, the ownership of the means of production, the sharing of essential commons and solidary democratic decision-making, while bearing in mind the restoration of our wounded ecosystems.

The Portuguese organisers of the Fourth edition of Ecosocialist Meetings, together with the organisers of the previous editions from Basque country, Spain and Switzerland, call on collectives, social movements, workers unions, political organisations, researchers, wo rkers, the unemployed and precariously employed and anyone who identifies with the Ecosocialist ethos, to join forces and minds and together help build an Ecosocialist praxis for social transformations and Buen Vivir for all of Earth’s peoples.

Hope to see you in Lisbon on the 23,24 and 25th of November!

Program: http://alterecosoc.org/programme/

Registration: http://alterecosoc.org/registration/

Global Gasdown-Frackdown: Acção e Jantar Popular

A União Europeia dá gás ao colapso climático!

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COMUNICADO DE IMPRENSA: 13 de Outubro Dia Internacional de Acção contra o Gás e o Fracking: Acção nos escritórios do Banco Europeu de Investimento em Lisboa


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No próximo dia 13 de Outubro respondemos ao apelo internacional na luta contra o fracking e contra o gás natural! Às 16h30, vamos fazer uma acção frente à sede do Banco Europeu de Investimento em Lisboa (Av. da Liberdade 190, 1250-001 Lisboa). O BEI utiliza o dinheiro dos nossos impostos para financiar a indústria dos combustíveis fósseis, financiando prioritariamente mais de 90 projectos de apoio à expansão de uma rede europeia de importação e distribuição de gás! Têm de ser travados.logogasfrackdown_360

A União Europeia está financiar uma estratégia energética que alimenta o colapso climático nas próximas décadas. Ao distrair-nos com a mentira de que o gás “natural” é um combustível de transição para as energias renováveis, a União Europeia pretende alimentar a indústria petrolífera durante mais quatro a cinco décadas, montando infraestruturas portuárias e gasodutos em todo o continente europeu para importar gás dos EUA, Canadá, Austrália, Argélia, Azerbeijão, Rússia e muitos outros países. A maior parte desse gás é hoje extraído por fracking, o que aumenta ainda mais as emissões de gases com efeito de estufa. Para pagar este novo resgate às companhias petrolíferas, a União Europeia quer usar o dinheiro dos impostos de todas as pessoas da União Europeia, através do BEI, para que sejamos nós mesmos a financiar o colapso do clima que ameaça a civilização.

Hoje sabemos que para manter o aumento de temperatura no planeta abaixo dos 1,5ºC, temos de cortar as emissões em mais de 50% até 2030. Isto é daqui a 12 anos! Temos de travar os psicopatas que querem torrar o planeta e a Humanidade em petróleo, gás e carvão!gasland01

No final do dia, faremos um jantar com filme (Gasland) e debate no Gaia, Rua da Regueira 40, Alfama, em Lisboa. Junta-te a nós!

O que é o Jantar Popular?

  • Um Jantar comunitário vegano, biológico e livre de OGMs que se realiza no GAIA, Rua da Regueira, n 40, em Alfama.
  • Uma iniciativa inteiramente auto-gerida por voluntários.
  • Um jantar em que podes colaborar e aprender a cozinhar vegano! Para cozinhar e montar a sala basta aparecer a partir das 18h. Jantar “servido” a partir das 20h.
  • Um projecto autónomo e auto-sustentável. As receitas do Jantar Popular representam o fundo de maneio do GAIA que mantém assim a sua autonomia.
  • Um jantar onde ninguém fica sem comer por não ter moedas e onde quem ajuda não paga. O preço nunca é mais de 3 pirolitos.
  • Um exemplo de consumo responsável, com ingredientes que respeitam o ambiente, a economia local e os animais.
  • Uma oportunidade para criar redes, trocar conhecimentos e pensar criticamente.

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On October 13th, we will join the global gasdown frackdown action call and do an action in front of the European Investment Bank’s Lisbon office (Av. da Liberdade 190, 1250-001 Lisboa). EIB uses public money to finance more than 90 gas projects. And each one of them must be stopped.

The European Union is financing an energy policy that may push us to a climate chaos in the following decades. Presenting “natural” gas as a transition fuel, the EU aims at supporting the fossil fuel industry for five more decades, setting up pipelines and terminals to import gas from the US, Canada, Australia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Russia and many more countries. To pay this new bailout for fossil fuel companies, the EU wants to use public money through the EIB, so that it would be us financing climate chaos directly.

We know today that to keep warming below 1.5ºC, we must cut emissions by 50% until 2030. This is just 12 years away! We have to stop the psychopaths who want to grill humanity with oil, gas and coal.

At the end of the day, we will have a community dinner with a movie screening (Gasland) and discussion in GAIA-Lisboa (Rua da Regueira 40, Alfama).

 

Relatório: Lutar para vencer | Report: Fight to win

Lutar para Vencer capaO novo relatório “Lutar para vencer: o impacto no clima do movimento português anti-petróleo” do Climáximo mostra que as recentes vitórias do movimento contra a prospeção e exploração de petróleo e gás em Portugal conseguiram prevenir emissões de gases com efeito de estufa. Os autores concluem que ativismo pode ser a forma mais eficaz de os cidadãos reduzirem os seus impactos climáticos.

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O movimento anti-petróleo em Portugal preveniu já as emissões de aproximadamente 10 mil toneladas de CO2 nos últimos dois anos, graças ao cancelamento e adiamentos de contratos de exploração de gás e petróleo. O movimento conseguiu pressionar o governo para cancelar, ou não renovar, dois terços dos contratos existentes no início da legislativa e ainda conseguiu fazer adiar o furo de Aljezur do consórcio ENI/GALP, inicialmente marcado para 2016.

As conclusões do estudo são duas: (1) Os movimentos sociais são capazes de produzir resultados incríveis. (2) Participar em movimentos sociais será, possivelmente, a estratégia individual mais eficiente para redução de emissões: as emissões evitadas chegam, por ativista, aos 75% das emissões anuais médias de uma pessoa portuguesa, uma redução muito mais elevada do que em qualquer outra estratégia.

Todas as vitórias são temporárias e parciais, mas os impactos da crise climática não o são. Neste relatório, os autores, Sinan Eden (ativista do Climáximo) e Luís Fazendeiro (ativista da Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo e investigador em transição energética) pretendem celebrar as vitórias do movimento até hoje e apelar à população portuguesa para que se junte a esta luta.

O relatório está disponível em inglês e em português:

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Fight to Win


Fight to Win coverThe new report “Fight to Win: the climate impact of the Portuguese fossil-free movement” by Climáximo shows that the recent victories of the movement against oil and gas projects in Portugal succeeded in preventing a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The authors conclude that activism can be the most efficient way for ordinary people to reduce their climate impact.

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The fossil-free movement in Portugal prevented approximately 10 thousand tons of CO2 emissions in the last two years, thanks to cancellations and postponements of oil and gas contracts. The movement successfully pressured the government to cancel or not renew two-thirds of the contracts which were valid in the beginning of its mandate, and further forced the Aljezur drill by ENI/GALP -originally set for 2016- to be postponed.

The report has two main conclusions: (1) Social movements are able to produce incredible results. (2) Participating in social movement is arguably the most efficient strategy for each individual in Portugal to reduce her/his greenhouse gas emissions: the avoided emissions reach 75% of annual emissions per activist, a value much higher than any other strategy.

All victories are temporary and partial, yet the impacts of climate crisis are not. In this report, the authors Sinan Eden (Climáximo activist) and Luís Fazendeiro (Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo activist and energy transition researcher) intend to celebrate the victories of the movement until today and invite the Portuguese population to join the fight.

The report is available in English and Portuguese.

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Fight to Win

Portugal’s fossil-free movement heating up the fight as the Aljezur drill threat approaches.

In the last couple of years, the fossil-free movement in Portugal managed to force the government to cancel 10 out of 15 new oil and gas exploration contracts. Now is the turn of the ENI/GALP consortium’s Aljezur contract, the first drill of which is set for mid-September.

The government has been extremely and ridiculously supportive of this offshore project in the Algarve region. After several public consultations, parliament votings, public protests and juridical processes, the Socialist Party government insisted in favouring the corporations, renewed and extended their expired contract, and exempted the drill from environmental impact assessment.

The movement’s response was colossal.logo_preto

Here is a summary of the last few months.

Following a press conference against the project by all mayors of the region, hundreds marched in Lisbon in the “Enterrar de Vez o Furo” (Bury the drill once and for all) protest in April. This was the launch of a summer of actions, compiled and communicated through the “Parar o Furo” (Stop the Drill) campaign.

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Parar o Furo turned the whole national territory into a playground, where activists kept a rein on all government officials. There was not a single government visit in Algarve that was not met with a protest.

Activists gave a hard lesson to GALP. That is, they actually organized an open lecture on climate change with a university professor at the GALP headquarters. Of course, to protect itself from climate science, GALP invited three bus loads of police to barr the entrance. Determined to make even a little bit of science heard, the activists organized the lecture at the main entrance.

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The activists’ next stop was the Ministry of Economy. A live fossil, who heard that Portugal won the CAN European fossil award, wanted to show his solidarity with the government who wanted to accelerate the fossilization of humans. So he designed his own fossil award and delivered to the ministry.

Then it was the turn of the Minister of Environment, who was to give a conference about energy transition. An honest version of the minister went on stage and explained how the government actively supports the corporations in the fight against climate.

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The World Cup also did not go unnoticed, as GALP is one of the main sponsors of the Portuguese national team. The “Don’t Faul Portugal” video got viral on the day Portugal played its first match.

In the meantime, all the country was filled with STOP the Oil Drill signs.

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International solidarity followed: comrades from Turkey (Northern Forest Defense), Ucraine (Eco-action), Austria (System Change not Climate Change) and Italy (NoTAP) sent support videos, underlying that the climate justice movement is united against new fossil infraestructures.

As if targets for actions were lacking, Obama came to the city of Porto to talk about climate change leadership. Reminding to public that it was Obama who launched the famous shale gas revolution in the US, activists served oil cocktails and fracked water in the entrance of the conference. Obama maintained and strengthened the fossil fuel status quo and delivered it to Trump, as is the Portuguese government doing at the very moment with the Aljezur drill.

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One day later, beaches all across the country were filled with hundreds of protesters organizing human chains to protect the ocean. The decentralized action “Petróleo é má onda” (expression: oil is not cool; literally: oil is bad wave) took place in more than 20 beaches.

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Finally, just a couple of days ago, activists dressed as business men entered the Ministry of Environment and spred banknotes filled with oil. The action “Os vossos lucros VS O nosso clima” (Your profits vs. Our climate) underlined the series of political choices by various government entities to favor the fossil fuel industry and to destroy the climate. In this action, the fossil fuel industry payed a visit to the ministry to pay for its services.

Yet this is not the end of the story. On August 4th, another Parar o Furo action is set in a beach next to Lisbon where hundreds will gather for an aereal art action.

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Then in September 8th, just one week before the set date of the drill and together with the world, Portugal will Rise For Climate, Jobs and Justice. Marches in Lisbon and Porto are already confirmed and more information can be found at http://www.salvaroclima.pt .

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The website http://www.pararofuro.pt has detailed information in English about the context, has an action map, and sends newsletters (in Portuguese and English) regularly.

 

Climate Reality Gap – infographics

A CLIMATE MANUAL FOR WHY WE SHOULD STOP TRUSTING CORPORATIONS AND THEIR POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES, AND TAKE THE MATTER INTO OUR OWN HANDS.

It seems almost surreal that we continue to be bombarded with good news on the “energy transition on its way” all the while experiencing climate catastrophes of increasing severity and frequency. It is absurd that while so many countries and corporations pledge to cut emissions, the actual amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing at an unprecedented rate. There is a monumental margin of error between reality and the promises that are being made.

Here we break down this reality gap in climate policies, to facilitate deconstructing what we are told.

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The pdf version of the infographic here: climate_reality_gap_v2


Further reading

Alternative facts:

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Tactics and strategies to achieve a just energy transition – Sinan Eden

This text is not about climate science nor about energy transition in general. But to start with, it is important to clarify three points:

  • We urgently need an energy transition.
  • The window of action is closing
  • We have few years left to fundamentally change our energy systems.

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There is no energy transition currently in course, whether just or unjust. If everything goes well with the government commitments, the marvellous increase in modern renewable energies would reach 20% of world energy supply in 2035. Despite all the green marketing, the truth is that the governments are not shutting down fossil fuel infrastructures, and they continue planning new ones.

Understanding that there is no no transition in course is important, because whoever says that it’s happening says it for purely ideological reasons, as it is not based on facts. The narrative about a possible green growth in which capitalist markets and a livable planet would be compatible not only demobilizes the people but also creates an ambition gap in social movements.

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Which takes me to my third point: we have to make this transition happen. What is at stake is not a choice between just and unjust transition, but between a just transition and climate chaos.

And to make this happen, we have to make climate change a problem of the people. This is the topic I will focus on in this text: how to make the struggle for energy transition a concrete struggle in the lives of the people.

I will further focus on workers and unions.

Forms of union intervention

There are two forms of union intervention for energy transition: Firstly, as whole workers, that is, as member of the working class and not just employees of a company. This kind of intervention is quite common all around the world.

This is a subject which is directly related to the lives of the workers and the communities, and the unions already have a long history of social and political intervention beyond the conflicts within the working places. Some well known examples are anti-war movements, struggles against privatizations, gender equality fights and the recent mobilizations against free trade agreements.

Union struggles also include a strong component of influencing and challenging government policies, as in the cases of anti-austerity movements and annual budget negotiations. In this case too, the union intervention goes beyond the immediate conflicts inside the working places and assumes a general vision on the direction the society will take.

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Secondly, there are workers in frontline sectors of climate crisis. Energy and transport are key sectors for the energy transition, where some jobs will be lost and many many more will be created. Particularly in public transport and renewable energies, studies predict multiple times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry offers. On the other hand, the workers in the forestry, agriculture, public health and firefighting are those who directly confront the impact of climate change. The labour organisations of these workers are essential to alert the society about the right path to take.

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Climate Jobs as a strategy

To articulate social and climate justice, we have the Climate Jobs Campaign which unites environmentalist organisations and unions. We see the campaign not just as what should happen, but as what we will make happen.

The campaign, as a strategy, has a bunch of strong sides:

  • It is a concrete, positive proposal, to which we would say “Yes”, which puts us in the offensive position (rather than defensive).
  • It talks about just transition and includes workers and communities which at the moment depend on fossil fuel industry.
  • It unites environmentalists and workers, breaking the false dilemma between jobs and sustainability.
  • It demands thousands of new and decent jobs.
  • It represents a real solution to the climate crisis.
  • It sees climate as a common wealth and assumes a “public service” vision.

Tactics and experiences

With theses strategic advantages, we now pass to examples of successful alliances and union interventions around the world.

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As in the first section, I will classify the examples as whole worker interventions and frontline worker interventions.

  • In the Basque Country, the unions addressed fracking not only as workers but also defenders of the community. Thus, they led the fight against fracking together with various other organizations, and had quite a few victories.
  • In France, the unions of the platform Emplois-Climat (Jobs-Climate) mobilized against the new labour law proposals which was to make the work conditions even more precarious. Thus, the unions used the campaign as a proposal against precarity. In Portugal too, the 2nd National Gathering for Climate Justice had CGTP-IN and the Precarious Workers’ Association in a session on labour precariousness and planetary precariousness.
  • In Norway, unions and environmentalists unite for the 1st of May march. The Portuguese climate jobs campaign was indeed launched on a 1st of May protest 2016.
  • In the UK, the Public and Commercial Services Union has a very active role in the One Million Climate Jobs campaign. The unions defend a National Climate Service, which would include climate jobs but also the whole social service organization to maintain these.
  • In New York, after the Sandy hurricane, the movements did not allow the issue to disappear from public agenda. More recently, unions signed an agreement with the governor to create thousands of climate jobs in the construction and building sector.
  • All around the world, the Climate Jobs campaign participate actively in the climate marches.
  • In Norway, the Bridge to the Future coalition prepared a pledge for the candidates in the general elections, in which one of the core demands was the creation of climate jobs.

After these cases where environmentalists and unionists used the campaign as a tool for intervention in various areas, let us now move on to the frontlines.

  • In the United Kingdom the One Million Climate Jobs campaign gained huge visibility when Vestas wanted to close down a series of wind turbines. The workers and activists called for an occupation of the turbines, to defend the work and the climate at the same time. In many parts of the world, fights for public transport could translate into such alliances.
  • In South Africa, coal miners involved in the One Million Climate Jobs campaign reject political blackmails against their employment. Instead of fighting against environmentalists, the unions support and defend the campaign as the solution for a just transition, and they thus have the support of the climate movement too.
  • In the United Kingdom, whenever a huge storm hits the land and several cities are affected by floods, the firefighters union alerts about climate change. The union underlines that if we don’t take action on time to reduce the emissions, we will reach a point that there will never be sufficient amount of firefighters to deal with what is to come. Similar approaches could work with forest fires in Southern Europe.
  • In New York, the construction workers are demanding energy efficient buildings and the creation of climate jobs in this sector.
  • The International Transport Workers’ Federation offers a training kit about the climate crisis and jobs, designed particularly for transportation workers.
  • In the United Kingdom, the Public and Commercial Services Union proposes training for the next jobs as part of collective negotiations. For instance, the workers in an oil refinery can demand training in renewable energies as part of their collective negotiation. This is one way of addressing the administrative challenges of the energy transition and preparing the workers for a low carbon economy.

These are only some examples of tactics for the fight for a just energy transition. The essential aspect at this point is that neither the labour movement nor the climate movement can alone win the fight against climate change. We need to keep reinventing and updating alliances to build the movement large and strong enough to change everything.


Adapted for CAN-EECCA from the original article in portuguese.

Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline: Not in Our Interest

In December 2016, an announcement was made of a nearly 5000 km Nigeria-Morocco offshore gas pipeline which at today’s prices will cost an estimated 20 billion US dollars. In reality, the actual costs will likely be much higher. This pipeline would be a continuation of the existing 678 km long West African Gas pipeline (WAGP) that has been in service since 2010. It aims to serve 12 countries on the African continent and some 300 million potential consumers, with a possible extension to the Europe.

We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about this project for several reasons, including:

1. While the acceleration of global warming exceeds all expectations and greenhouse gas emissions have set a new record in 2016, the construction of this pipeline can only go in the direction of an increase of extraction and consumption of fossil resources, the main causes of global warming.

2. Contrary to what is often asserted, gas is not clean energy.  The methane in it is more volatile than CO2, and much more powerful in global warming potential[1]. Moreover, the concentration of methane in the atmosphere has accelerated dangerously since 2007.

3. The extraction, transportation and use of fossil fuels has considerable environmental implications: the disturbing effects of seismic studies on marine fauna, the use and release of various chemical substances and wastes, the risks of leaks, fires and explosions related to corrosion and navigation are additional risks to that of methane emissions. This will destroy livelihoods of millions of our people depending on fisheries in our regional waters.

4. The section already constructed (WAGP) was done without consulting the populations who rejected the environmental impact study.

5. It is a top-down project that does not consider the needs of the populations and the environment. They are not consulted and will not be the first beneficiaries of this pipeline. While Nigeria is Africa’s largest exporter of gas and oil, less than half of the population has access to electricity. In Benin, Togo, already served by the WAGP, barely a third of the population have access to electricity.

6. The proposed pipeline is a project for the multinational corporations. Nigerians do not benefit from Oil exploitation in Nigeria.

7. The energy produced will be used primarily to fuel agribusiness projects and export-oriented industrial clusters at the expense of small farmers and artisans and the satisfaction of the needs of the people.

8. This project will be a financial sinkhole. It is likely that the forecast cost of US $ 20 billion will be probably doubled and will lead to an exponential increase of the debt burden of our countries.

We the undersigned believe that the proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline is bad for the region, our peoples and the Planet. We say NO to the project,

Because we choose the climate in place of fossil energy,

Because we choose the health of our planet against the appetites of multinationals,

Because we refuse to pay for projects that will not bring us anything,

We say no to the Nigeria Morocco pipeline.

Signed
1. ATTAC Morocco
2. Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria
3. Peoples Advancement Centre, Nigeria
4. Justica Ambiental, Mozambique
5. Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), Nigeria.
6. Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), Nigeria.
7. Les Amis de la Terre Togo (ADT-Togo), Togo
8. Jeune Chretien en Action Pour le Development (JCAD), Togo
9. Centre for Social Studies and Development- We the People, Nigeria
10. Oilwatch Ghana, Ghana
11. Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA)
12. Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE), Nigeria
13. Social Action, Nigeria
14. Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC), Nigeria
15. Lokiaka Community Development Centre, Nigeria
16. Green Alliance of Nigeria (GAN)
17. Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), Cameroon
18. 350.org, Africa
19. Gastivists, International
20. Youth Climate Coalition, UK
21. Platform London, UK
22. Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG), Catalunya
23. CoalSwarm, USA
24. Millieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands
25. Amigos de la Tierra (FoE Spain)
26. Oil Change International, International
27. Corporate Europe Observatory, Belgium
28. Association Pierre Domachal, France
29. Ecologistas en Acción (Spain)
30. Attac (France)
31. Climáximo  (Portugal)
32. Friends of the earth (USA)
33. Food & Water Europe
34. Friends of the Earth Europe
35. Non au Gazoduc Fos Dunkerque, France
36. Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO)
37. Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, Nigeria
38. Egi Human Rights and Environmental Initiative, Nigeria
39. Ikarama Women Association, Nigeria
40. Oil watch international

[1] IPCC experts estimate that methane is 84/87 times more powerful than CO2 in global warming potential on a 20-year timescale.