Hope in the land of coal
This December all eyes are on Poland – the unlikely host of COP24, the UN climate talks sponsored by coal companies (really): the climate laggard notorious for its regressive politics.
But there’s another side to this story. It’s being written right now by grassroots movements within Poland, growing in number and power.
Here’s your chance to meet some of the amazing people changing the face of Poland. Watch them tell their stories in this short video, and share it to help spread hope in these challenging times:
Poland – or Coaland – is one of Europe’s last strongholds of the coal industry. 80% of its electricity still comes from coal, and the government is planning more new coal burning power stations. Its regressive policies, attacks on democratic institutions and civil society paint an increasingly bleak picture.
But there is hope. From fighting for democracy and against air pollution and opposing lignite mining, to defending an ancient forest, Poland’s grassroots movements are seeing a revival. They resist, connect, grow, and make change happen – and some of them win.
Today, we can help shift the narrative. We can help the people shaping Poland get their stories heard all across Europe and the world. We can give them international attention and boost their motivation.
via 350.org – Movement Dispatches and Climate News http://350.org