Join today's Twitterstorm!
Millions of people around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods to climate change and global emissions are rising when the world desperately needs them to be falling. Meanwhile our governments are handing over $1 trillion dollars every year to the industry at the centre of the problem. Climate criminal Shell made €25 billion in profits last year, showing us that the dirty industry at the centre of the climate crisis shouldn’t be getting any more taxpayers money.
The fossil fuel industry is a core driver of the climate crisis, and its destructive activities are devastating communities and the environment in the process. We need an urgent transition to decentralized, community owned and controlled renewable energy to tackle the climate crisis, with a just transition for the workers and communities who rely on fossil fuels for their livelihoods. Cutting public subsidies to dirty energy companies and redirecting that money to energy alternatives and a just transition is a first step in the transformation we need. That’s why FoEI is joining in the ‘twitterstorm’ today, Monday 18 June, organised by 350.org, an international movement mobilising against climate change to call on world leaders to end public hand-outs to fossil fuels producers.
The 24-hour “Twitterstorm” is a massive international online action to increase pressure on world leaders to cut nearly $1 trillion in fossil fuel subsidies at the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit. For 24 hours between June 18th and 19th, as world leaders gather at the G20 summit and prepare for Rio+20, Friends of the Earth International is joining with 350.org, Greenpeace International and hundreds of thousands of people to tweet with the same hashtag — #EndFossilFuelSubsidies — at celebrities and politicians, flooding the popular social network with our demand to stop public handouts to dirty energy companies.
Join us! For more info on how to get involved and sample tweets visit: http://endfossilfuelsubsidies.org/twitterstorm/