FOSSIL FUELS: AN UNPROFITABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY
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On April 5, the Norwegian government approved the decision of the Norwegian Pension Fund to withdraw some 11,000 million euros from its investments in oil and gas companies. In addition, the Fund is authorized to invest up to 2% of its value in renewable energy. In addition, restrictions are established for investment in coal companies.  Norway’s Global Government’s Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonsfond Utland), commonly called the Petroleum Fund (Oljefondet), aims to ensure a responsible and long-term management of the oil … Read more

CAMP IN GÁS: A NEW STEP TOWARDS THE ESCALATION OF ACTION
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This Saturday, July 20, we successfully completed a new civil disobedience action together with activists from different parts of Europe, who are deeply convinced of the need to face all those fossil energy projects, whatever the situation, and to move towards realization of a fast and just energy transition. The framework, on this occasion, was the land that the company Australis Oil & Gas has in Bajouca (Portugal) to make a gas exploitation. The struggle has its origin in the … Read more

ECOAR))) WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT CAMP IN GAS
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Camp in Gas is a camground that will take place in Bajouca (Leiria, Portugal), from July 17 to 21, 2019, in which ECOAR))) will participate. The goal is to do a massive action in the land where the beginning of future prospections in the search for gas is foreseen. With this action, we will say NO to gas prospection and exploration and we will shout out with a single voice for a planet free of fossil fuel extraction. Science tells … Read more

UNION FIGHT IN BRAZIL
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On June 14, the first general strike against social security reforms by the current government was called in Brazil1. The strike, which took place 5 and a half months after the arrival of Jair Bolsonaro’s government2, was convened by two major trade union centers in Brazil (Central Única de Trabalhadores (CUT) y la Força Sindical), which announced it on May 1st. The social security reform that the government intends to approve, which does not yet have the necessary support, seeks … Read more

ENDE GELÄNDE: THE URGENCY FOR THE END OF FOSSIL ENERGIES
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We have just finished Ende Gelände’s action which, for the fifth year in a row, is being carried out in Germany through a great civil disobedience action. Its purpose is to denounce the urgency of putting an end to the use of fossil fuels. After the various meetings and trainings that took place in the temporary camp installed near the RWE mine, finally on Friday, June 21, 4,000 activists left the camp in Viersen to block the mining fields in … Read more

2000 ACTIVISTS TO BLOCK GARZWEILER MINE
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Early on June 22, as part of the “gold finger”, we started our way under German police escort. Together alongside more than 2,000 activists, we crossed the town of Hochneukirch towards Garzweiller, with the goal of blocking the opencast mine, property of RWE. Garzweiler, which covers 48 square kilometres, supplies lignite to power stations in the region. According to a 2014 study conducted by Carbon Market Data, RWE is responsible for 0.5 percent of the global carbon dioxide emissions. The … Read more

ENDE GELÄNDE: STOP COAL, PROTECT THE CLIMATE!
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One more year we are approaching Rhineland (Germany), next to the Rhine, to put a brake on fossil fuels. Every year, it becomes more urgent to make the coal remain underground, that’s why we are going to shout out loudly “Ende Gelände, stop the coal, protect the climate!” In the top 10 of the most polluting companies of 2018 in the EU, Germany carries the jackpot with 7 lignite power plants. Despite the increasingly urgent need to curb CO2 emissions, … Read more

PALESTINE: THE (ISRAELI) AGREEMENT OF THE CENTURY
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On May 7, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an published a leak of a new peace plan for Palestine and Israel prepared by the US government1. This plan is custom-made to Israel and does not recognize the borders that the Palestinian State had in 1967 after the Six Day War. Among other proposals, it should be noted that the text does not contemplate the dismantling of Jewish settlements, the partition of Jerusalem, or the existence of Palestinian weapons or armies. The … Read more

TOURISM: AN EVIL FOR THE PLANET
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On May 21, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that during the first quarter of 2019, world tourism grew by 4% compared to 2018, when some 1,400 million travelers were reached around the world1,2. As indicated in its infographic, the income derived from chemical products, fuels or automobiles are very important, these sectors being major causes of environmental problems. Despite the fact that 4 out of 5 tourists travel within their own region, almost all of them use more or … Read more

WATER, COLORLESS OIL
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“Overextraction, drainage of wetlands and swamps, deforestation, many irrigation projects and poorly drained land, pesticide and fertilizer leaks, pollution from industry spills and households that were not properly treated or that were not treated at all, the widespread construction of large reservoirs, the increasing exploitation of underground aquifers, the channeling of navigable waterways, the plans for water transfer between watersheds and the ravages of climate change induced by fossil fuels, disturbed hydrological cycles in various ways and created conditions of … Read more

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