Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Fool for thought
In a move that is sure to have major petroleum companies quivering in their safety boots international groups are organising mass action to confront dirty energy and demand a just, green energy future.
The actions have been called for by the international Rising Tide network, youth and students with the Energy Action Coalition, and Rainforest Action Network.
"Fossil Fools Day" is an international day of protest focused on climate change and energy issues. Actions being planned so far include Critical Mass bike rides, green job rallies, protests and civil disobedience at power plants, energy companies, urban sprawl developers, Bank of America mass account closures, car dealer "adoptions," no coal photo petitions alternative energy expos, and more.
Protests are planned in over 100 locations throughout the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Leading climate scientists warn that dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions must begin immediately to avoid catastrophic climatic shifts, yet most policy proposals consist primarily of goals that are decades off.
Fossil Fools Day will bring about creative, and often confrontational, actions reflecting this urgency.
Activists will be demanding a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and toward the localisation of energy, food, and economic systems for a just, sustainable future.