2015 was the hottest year ever recorded in history – and February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month ever. Parts of the Arctic were 16 °C warmer than normal. We, the European Greens, together with a huge and rapidly growing movement will say in May: To this point, but not further!
The Paris Climate Agreement reached in December 2015 has been a success. However, the efforts that must be made to reach the goals we aimed for, are tremendous. A lot of pressure will be required to actually implement what 195 states have committed to.
One of the key elements that must happen in order to limit the rise in global temperature is keeping at least 60 to 80 percent of the remaining fossil fuels in the ground. If we were to burn there, all odds of meeting the Paris goals are gone. Simply put, the future is fossil free or there is no future. However, there are still hundreds of billions invested in fossil fuels, effectively supporting a business model that ruins our climate.
This is why from May 4 to 15, activists all over the world will demand to break free from fossil fuels. There will be demonstrations, local events, workshops, camps and much more dedicated to delegitimize the fossil fuel industry and to highlight the necessity for institutions and private persons to withdraw their investments from these companies. Instead, the transition to renewable energies must be accelerated considerably and investments into this sector have to greatly increase.
The target of the Break Free Week actions will be dangerous fossil fuel projects all over the world. They symbolise the industry that is already destroying the earth’s climate – and by extension our future. And it is doing it even faster than expected, as the latest figures cited above clearly show. This is exactly why it is so important to act publicly and to call for divestment away from fossil fuels.
Green Parties in Europe will become active in several ways in their respective countries during Break Free Week. Additionally, the Lausitz-Camp in the lignite mining region of Lusatia in the Eastern part of Germany will be attended by local Green activists. There, we will fiercely protest against this iconic symbol of the fossil fuel industry. For more detailed information on what the European Greens will do on different levels during Break Free Week and how you can get involved, please get in touch with our Campaign Manager. You can also find additional information here.
If you want to learn more about the general aim and rationale of the divestment movement, you are welcome to listen to our podcast with Oras Tynkkynen: