Break free: the largest civil disobedience of the climate movement

12 days of worldwide actions against fossil fuels just concluded. 

Between May 3-15 thousands of people showed their support to the Break Free campaign to stop our dependency on fossil fuels. With more than 30,000 participants in the 6 continents and 20 escalated actions it is the largest civil disobedience the climate movement has had.

NGO's, local organizations, and communities  occupied mines, blocked rail lines, held meetings and push the boundaries of protesting to stop the extraction of coal, gas and oil.

The major projects disrupted by Break Free's action were Newcastle Coal Port in Australia, Ffos-y-Fran coal mine in Wales, Pecém coal power plant in Brazil,  March Point oil refinery in USA, Aliaga coal ash disposal site in Turkey and Vattenfall Welzow-Sued coal mine and Schwarze Pumpe coal power station in Germany.

“This is the hottest year we’ve ever measured, and so it is remarkably comforting to see people rising up at every point of the compass to insist on change,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of to Greenpeace.

Rising global temperatures have been constant this year, with 3 months having the highest temperatures on record, with this trend being expected to continue.

“As our communities rise against this addiction to coal, we hope to inspire massive civil participation all over the planet. Break Free is a breath of hope for all communities who are standing up to the fossil fuel industry's relentless expansion despite climate change,” said Yeb Saño, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, in their press release.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, 2015 90% of new renewable energy capacity came from renewable sources, meaning a transition to 100% renewable is feasible.

These are some other examples of other demonstrations reported by Greenpeace:

Canada: On land and water, indigenous communities and local activists blockaded the Kinder Morgan tar sands facility in Metro-Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Indonesia: 3,000 sent an ear-splitting message to Indonesia’s president with a whistle demonstration against coal in Jakarta, and a few days later 12 activists climbed the cranes supplying coal for the Cirebon Coal Power Plant, and dropping banners to Quit Coal and for Clean Energy, Clean Air.

South Africa: Hundreds stood up to South Africa’s most powerful family with a march that delivered coal to their front door, despite their attempts to silence civil society by pressuring police to revoke permits for a march.

Ecuador: People across the country gathered for peaceful protest at a fossil fuel extraction. They planned to plant gardens at the site and feed those affected by the recent earthwake. 

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