Join the climate movement – dates for your diary
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2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. Climate change is already affecting people across the globe - from flooded households in the UK to Filipino communities uprooted by storms, and farmers hit by droughts in the Sahel.
But vast numbers of people around the world are already working hard to tackle this injustice.
The mercury is rising fast - but the movement to cool the planet is rising up faster.
And as the Friends of the Earth network of local groups and activists, we’re all part of it.
There are going to be many opportunities this year to join with others, connect the dots, and show that we have the solutions - and that world leaders need to catch up.
Key dates for your diary
28 March: 'This Changes Everything' conference, London, with Naomi Klein
Join this event at Friends Meeting House, London, to discuss how we can build climate solutions. The fantastic speaker line-up features Naomi Klein, Russell Brand and Friends of the Earth's International Climate Campaigner, Asad Rehman. Book your tickets here.
28-29 March: 'New Directions for Local Action' conference, London
A weekend of speakers and workshops organised by The Climate Coalition, taking place in University College London (just around the corner from the This Changes Everything conference, so you can go to both!). Friends of the Earth will be speaking and providing training workshops. See the agenda and book your tickets here.
Late April / May: Fracking decision in Lancashire
Lancashire County Council have delayed their decision on Cuadrilla's fracking application until 30th April. And it's so close to the General Election that it could be delayed further. We'll be campaigning for the Council to reject fracking decisively and send a loud message that the UK needs to go frack free.
12-14 June: Basecamp
Our annual Friends of the Earth national gathering will host lots of exciting sessions on movement building and the December Paris talks, as well as sessions on stopping dirty energy (including fracking) and supporting the alternatives through Run on Sun and community energy. Book your place here.
17 June: Mass Lobby of Parliament
The Climate Coalition is organising a mass lobby of MPs for this date. It's a key moment to put climate change at the top of the government's agenda, whoever wins the election this May. As a member of the Coalition, we hope to help make this a huge event with thousands attending. See more detail and sign up here.
June: Decentralised G7 actions across the country
In June there will be mobilisations linked to the G7 in Germany - a meeting of 7 of the most powerful and polluting countries in the world.
26 September – early October: Global Frackdown Day & Reclaim Power
Join communities and Friends of the Earth groups around the world calling for a stop to dirty energy and supporting clean-energy alternatives.
30 November – 12 December: UNFCCC climate talks in Paris (COP21)
There are lots of options for you here. You could get involved in actions and events in your local area, helping to build the movement in the UK that can create the change we need beyond Paris. The Friends of the Earth network will be also coming together in Paris itself – a wonderful chance to meet fellow activists from all over Europe and join our voices together. And there’s likely to be a march in London to mark the beginning of the COP too.
31 January 2016: 'People’s Demands' debate
Come along to a national assembly we’ll be co-hosting with other organisations. Have your say on our collective next steps after Paris, and help agree 3 transformational people’s demands that we will focus on together in 2016. Save the date, it’s going to be huge.
31 March 2016: An action on energy solutions, Trafalgar Square, London
Show your support for climate solutions by taking part in this action aimed at our European leaders – one of many parallel events happening in cities across Europe. Details TBC.
And that’s just the beginning...
There are many details still to be figured out, but the vision is clear: by early 2016 we’ll have a bigger, broader and more powerful climate movement that will continue to grow and get stronger.
Join the movement and sign up to Friends of the Earth
Source: Friends of the Earth