Fossil Free Digest

Dear Santacitta,

I’m Nicole, the editor of this new fortnightly email. I care about climate justice and our planet. And that's why, like you, I'm part of this incredible Fossil Free movement.

But there's so much news breaking every single day - it can be hard to keep up, right? 

So, starting today, twice a month I’ll be sharing an easily digestible round-up of what matters most to this Fossil Free movement -- an insider’s look into the top stories that give us hope, and inspire us to keep going.

Below, you’ll find the first installment - if you like it, make sure you sign up to keep receiving it. I hope that, like me, you'll get new ideas and energy from these stories and videos. 



Onwards to a just and Fossil Free future,
Nicole

 

It’s official – Ireland has become the world’s first nation to commit to divest fully from fossil fuels! The bill is expected to become law by the end of the year, and Ireland’s €8bn sovereign fund will start ditching all its oil, coal and gas assets. 

Big kudos also to Costa Rica -- they have banned all fossil fuels in a country that already gets 99% of its energy from renewable sources.

Speaking at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on the climate movement to exert ‘citizen pressure’ ahead of a Global Climate Summit this September. Read the Pope's call for people power on September 8

In Ukraine, Zhytomyr became the first Eastern European city to commit to go 100% renewable. Local groups are working closely with the mayor to develop a roadmap and robust plan to get there. 



In the Philippines, a parish community came together in a bold stand against coal. They’re powering their church with solar instead


https://act.350.org/go/49934?t=17&akid=47365%2E539425%2EQgwSG8

In Europe, summertime creates opportunities for massive direct action against fossil fuel infrastructure. Hear what it's like taking part from a few of the people at this year's Czech Republic climate camp, where people came together to block coal infrastructure. And it's not the only place - climate camps and mass blockades of fracking and pipeline sites are happening across Europe this summer, everywhere from Lancashire in the UK to Poland, Germany and Italy. Resistance is fertile. 

 

I sat down with a new Japanese 350 organizer who’s helping build a ballooning divestment campaign in Japan, thanks to her killer vegan potlucks and community organizing in Tokyo.  Take a listen: 


 

In each edition, we'll offer a way for you to take action and have your say on the direction of this people-powered campaign. This week, something simple. Help us pick a name for this brand new Fossil Free newsletter -- and please suggest your own better ideas than mine. 

How inspiring is this young woman? Imagine how much sooner we'd build a Fossil Free world if more people like her were our world leaders. She's helping organise the #ZeroHour youth climate marches happening across the US this weekend. 

 

That's it for this first edition!  I look forward to your feedback and suggestions for our next issue in two weeks' time. 

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P.S. why not share the link to this first edition with your Fossil Free group or your friends if they'd be interested too?