2013

Reclaim Power! Global Month of Action on Energy was first conceived at the end of March 2013 during the Coordinating Committee meeting of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice held in Tunis right after the World Social Forum.  It was envisioned to be pursued as a collaborative effort with other international and regional networks and movements on the basis of a common perspective and demands on Energy and Climate.

 

April – May 2013:  Developing the concept and building consensus within the global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

 

From that meeting the DCJ Coordinating Committee sought a more solid agreement of the whole committee (to include other members who were not present at the Tunis Meeting) and a clear mandate of DCJ members to pursue this project. A concept note was drafted and circulated to all members of the Coordinating Committee and after a one month period of feedback a comments, a revised 2nd version was circulated to DCJ member organizations for wider feedback and consensus.  Various DCJ member organizations started discussing the project within their respective networks and working out ideas for their participation.

 

June – July 2013:  Inviting Global Partners to co-organize the Global Month of Action; Uniting Around the Concept, Perspective and Demands and the Public Call, Setting up Work Teams

 

The next phase was focused on seeking partners for this project. The ideas was to bring together a group of  international and regional networks and movements who would take the lead in calling for the Global Month of Action,  share in making major decisions and take on the major common tasks involved in seeing the project through. Three draft documents were prepared for consideration of the movements and networks invited to be “global partners” to the project – a) draft Concept Note b) draft Internal Guidance note that further clarified ideas and approaches to implementing the project c) and a draft Public Call for the global month 

 

The initial group -- which included DCJ and some of its member organizations who were major regional and international movements and networks in their own right – was quickly joined by Friends of the Earth International and 350.org, and by the time of the first Conference Call of the global partners – 18 were already committed to work together for the project. This number further expanded to 23 in the succeeding weeks.

 

The first Conference Call of the global partners was held on July 29, 2013. This was preceded by a DCJ Coordinating Committee Conference Call on July 26 to prepare for the partners call.

 

  • The concept note and internal guidance note served as basis for discussing and reaching consensus on the rationale, objectives, nature and design, approaches to implementation of the project. The draft public call was also discussed and served as basis for reaching agreement on a common perspective on energy and climate and a set of minimum common demands to be advanced and articulated during the Global Month of Action.  Some specific edits and additions were also shared and agreed on.  

 

  • The partners also agreed to set up the following Task Teams for work to be shared and coordinated:  Website and Social Media; Mobilization Team; Mass Media and Public Communications; Campaign Resource Materials. Lead people were identified for these teams.

 

 

August – October 10: Completing the Requirements; Reaching Out; Circulating the Call, Building the momentum for the Global Month of Action on Energy

 

The global partners had a very short period to prepare the requirements, reach out and enlist he participation movements, peoples organizations, communities, networks, NGOs, activists within and beyond the constituency of the global partners,  and build up momentum for the Global Month of Action on Energy

 

The key tasks accomplished as a collective effort of the partners during this period were:

 

  • Firming up the title or name of the global month – Reclaim Power! – there was a collective process of coming up with suggestions, exchanging comments  and voting on the title or name of the month.  After a a few weeks, the partners decided on Reclaim power! 

 

  • Building consensus on the substance and formulation of the public call which included the issues, the analysis and demands, the global days of action within the month – this also took a few weeks.

 

  • Release of the Public Call -  The Public call was first released in English on August 27  Subsequently the Public call was released in 3 other languages:  Spanish, French and Chinese.  The Public call was circulated via list serves, posted on the website of Reclaim Power and the websites of all global partners.  A print-friendly version of the Public Call was also circulated to make it easy for participating groups to reproduce hard copies of the call.

 

  • Work teams started functioning – There were four work teams set up. Two work teams started functioning almost immediately: Website and Social Media Team and the Outreach and Mobilization Team.  The other two teams were much smaller and started functioning a little later – the Mass media team and the Campaign Resource Materials team.

 

  • Systematic reach out to various organizations, movements and networks – The global partners started informing their members and encouraging them to organize actions even before this period. The release of the Public Call made this task easier.  More attention was given to reaching out beyond the constituencies of the global partners.

 

 

 

 

  • Setting up of the Basic Website, Further development of the Website - The website was deemed a vital tool for priming up the partners constituencies, for outreach and mobilization of other groups, networks and movements, for education, and for public information and communications. It was set up as a basic site by the first week of September. Subsequently several features were added on to allow the  easy uploading and sharing of plans and resource materials by all participating organizations, and to provide an overview of the global spread  as well as timeline of actions to encourage participation and project the global nature of the initiative.

 

  • Setting up of the Facebook Reclaim Power! Page –  A Facebook Page was also set up by September 10, as another vital tool for outreach and mobilization and public communications.

 

  • Preparation and release of Issue Briefs – This work began during this period and continued during the Global Month of Action itself. The Issue briefs were aimed at providing basic material on each of the 9 major global themes covered by the Global Month of Action namely:
  1. World Bank and IFI subsidies for dirty and harmful energy projects and corporations
  2. Coal
  3. Oil
  4. Conventional and Unconventional Gas (Fracking)
  5. Mega Dams and Harmful Hydroprojects
  6. Agrofuels
  7. Nuclear
  8. Waste to Energy Incineration
  9. People and Community Alternative Energy Systems

 

Some of the materials served a dual purpose of am issue brief as well as a sign on statement (ie  Coal Statement and Agrofuels statement)

 

 

 

 

  • Build-up to the Global Month of Action Several activities and actions were held starting last week of September and almost every day until October 10 that served as build up to the Global Month of Action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For instance,  Reclaim Power Pilipinas was launched in Quezon City, Philippines by the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) on October 3, 2013 to generate media and public attention on the Global Month of Action.

 

 

 

 

October 11 – November 11:

 

The Global Month of Action on Energy kicked off on October 11!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Outcomes

 

 

Brought together a broad range of international, regional, national, local movements, NGOs and networks across the globe in a common initiative, around common platforms and demands, and in the process established and strengthened working relations, provided the experience of working together on concrete political activities and actions;

 

Partnership that was forged between 23 international and regional networks who took the lead calling for the Global Month of Action and shared the responsibilities to common needs and tasks of this joint initiative. The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) took on over-all coordination and ensuring common requirements (website, media, resource materials). All the partners contributed significantly to the effort - putting out campaign materials, mobilizing their constituencies, responding to and helping with joint statements, and some taking the main lead in the Days of Action having to do with the issues they are working on.

 

Below is the list of global partners:

 

International Networks and Movements

  1. Global campaign to Demand Climate Justice
  2. Friends of the Earth International
  3. 350.org
  4. La Via Campesina
  5. LDC Watch
  6. Oil Change International
  7. International Rivers
  8. Food and Water Watch
  9. GAIA International
  10. Greenpeace International
  11. Action Aid International
  12. Third World Network
  13. NGO Forum on the ADB
  14. Global Call for Climate Action
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Regional Networks and Movements

  1. Jubilee South – Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development
  2. Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
  3. Central American Campaign  for Climate Justice
  4. Friends of the Earth Europe
  5. Push Europe
  6. Food and Water Europe
  7. South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication
  8. Social Movements for Alternative Asia
  9. No REDD in Africa Network
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The International Coal Network was also actively involved as a partner but clarified that they cannot be officially listed as they are a loose network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The global partnership was based on substantive unities on Energy and Climate as a whole and on the specific issues that the Global Month of Action covered.  The Public Call and the sign on Statements reflect the substantive unities reached on Energy and Climate in general as well as on specific issues.

 

 

Provided opportunities and venues to reach out to, mobilize and establish links with a broad range and spectrum of people, communities, organizations and movements

 

 

The list thus far shows the participation of a broad range of groups from different countries, communities, constituencies, sectors, political and social orientation  and from a diversity of types of organization such as church groups, grassroots movements, activist collectives, policy think tanks, NGOs, loose formations. We will soon come up with a detailed list and profiling of participating groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provided an opportunity and  vehicles for coordinated  and synchronized mobilization of groups, communities, movements and networks across the world and projected the global nature of  peoples opposition to dirty and harmful energy, peoples clamor for energy access and  the demand to shift to democratic, public and community managed renewable energy systems Amplified voices providing solutions at the grassroots level

 

Data gathered thus far show the following:

 

  1. Total Number of actions -  there were at least 576 activities and actions conducted  as part of Reclaim Power Global Month of Action on Energy

 

  1. Spread and Concentration of Actions across the Month

 

  • Activities and actions were primarily concentrated on the designated Days of Actions for the 9 themes/issues covered by Reclaim Power  - thus affirming the viability of and capacity for organizing coordinated actions on specific days.

 

The most successful Day of Action in terms of number of activities conducted is the Global Frackdown Day on October 19 – at 251 activities and actions.  Preparations and launch of the Global Frackdown initiative started way before Reclaim Power: Global Month of Action.

 

The Days of Action for People and Community Energy (November 6 and November 11) ranks second in terms of number of mobilizations – more than 50.  A close third is the Day of Action against Waste Incinerators and for Zero Waste Alternatives (November 8) at more than 40 actions.

 

More information will be available upon completion of data gathering and systematization.

 

  • There were activities and actions on other days of the Month – in fact there were activities and actions happening each day of the month   in various parts of the world.  This affirms that there was value to calling for a Global Month of Action - to encourage groups to participate and contribute actions on days which make more sense or are more responsive to their local situations and particular conditions.

                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Spread in terms of Countries where groups organized Actions

 

Activities and Actions took place in 60 countries across all the different regions. A quick survey shows that Europe and Asia had the most numerous mobilizations -  but we have yet to complete the organization of data to show more accurately the distribution per country, per region and per issue.

 

 

Africa

Asia - Pacific

Latin America & Caribbean

North America

Arab Region

Europe

Benin

Australia

Argentina

Canada

Bahrain

Austria

Botswana

 

Bangladesh

 

Bolivia

 

United States

 

Morocco

 

Belgium

 

Cameroon

India

Brazil

 

Tunisia

Bosnia - H

DR Congo

Indonesia

Costa Rica

 

 

Bulgaria

Ethiopia

 

Malaysia

El Salvador

 

 

Czech Republic

Ghana

Nepal

Mexico

 

 

France

Kenya

New Zealand

 

 

 

Finland

Mauritius

Pakistan

 

 

 

Germany

Mozambique

Philippines

 

 

 

Hungary

Nigeria

Vietnam

 

 

 

Italy

Senegal

 

 

 

 

Ireland

South Africa

 

 

 

 

Netherlands

Somalia

 

 

 

 

Poland

Tanzania

 

 

 

 

Romania

Togo

 

 

 

 

Spain

Uganda

 

 

 

 

Switzerland

Zimbabwe

 

 

 

 

Sweden

 

 

 

 

 

UK

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Lithuania

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine

 

 

 

  1. Spread in Terms of Actions Per Issue and Number of Countries  Where Actions Took Place

 

Below is the data so far in terms of number of actions per issue and the number of countries where these actions took place

 

ISSUES and THEMES

NUMBER OF ACTIONS – Held on the Days of Action plus other days of the Month

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHERE ACTIONS TOOK PLACE

Agrofuels

7 actions

5 Countries

People and Community Energy Acess and Alternatives

134 Actions

32 countries

Coal

50 Actions

14 countries

Megadams and Harmful Hydro

18 Actions

12 Countries

Conventional and Unconventional Gas (Fracking)

251 Actions

28 Countries

Oil

4 Actions plus Europe Wide Actions Against Shell

14 Countries

Waste Incineration and Zero Waste Alternatives

78 Actions

22 Countries

Nuclear

1 Action

1 Country

World Bank and IFIs

15 Actions

2 Countries

Subsidies

18 Actions

10 Countries

 

 

 

 

Generated public attention and media coverage on critique of dirty energy and corresponding demands, the push for energy alternatives, and the urgency of actions in the face of climate change;  Contributed to raising  public awareness and understanding of the climate crisis, its causes and solutions;

 

A large number of local actions generated locally focused media attention, as a part of a global pattern of increased media attention on resistance to fossil fuels and the push for energy alternatives. Similarly, social media played a role in highlighting to participants the extent to which their local struggles and actions were connected to an international movement.

 

As an example of how  Reclaim Power generated public attention around the issue of energy, civil society framing of the UNFCCC Warsaw COP was largely galvanized around the idea of a ‘clean vs. dirty energy COP.’ A framing used by groups participating in the month as well as many others (e.g. Oxfam, WWF, the ITUC and the YOUNGO constituency). This framing led to unprecedented focus on the role of fossil fuels and fossil fuel corporations throughout the COP, and that focus was seeded by the work of partners of the Month.

 

 

 

Produced and circulated energy resource materials and statements for education and campaigning

 

Several Reclaim Power “issue briefs” were released focusing on the different themes of the Days of Action.

 

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ) played a vital role in the development of these issue briefs.  The briefs were drafted by global partner organizations leading on the issue and edited and reformatted by secretariat (JSAPMDD) and volunteers of DCJ.  These briefs were then uploaded on the website and circulated to partners for use in promoting the days of actions as well as for future use.

 

The Global Campaign also played a role in preparing and coordinating the finalization of “declarations and sign on statements” which served as vehicles for building political consensus, as resources for public education and future campaigning, and as instrument for delivering messages to through the media and to the general public.

 

Global partners of Reclaim Power leading on 1) coventional and non-conventional gas, 2) waste incineration and zero-waste, and the 3) world bank produced sign-on statements as the main political declaration of Reclaim Power on those issues. Similarly, the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and JSAPMDD prepared statements on 4) oil 5) agrofuels and 6) coal that were also branded as Reclaim Power.

 

The Coal statement was particularly significant as it generated sign-ons from from a very broad range of groups outside the partners of Reclaim Power and was used in contrast to efforts by the Polish Government to legitimize coal and ‘clean coal’ at the UNFCCC.

 

A Reclaim Power campaign tool kit for European groups was also produced by global partners based in Europe.

 

  1. Reclaim Power Issue Brief on Conventional and Non Conventional Gas (Fracking)

Preparation led by Food and Water Watch and Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

  1. Reclaim Power Issue Brief on Waste to Energy

GAIA International

  1. Reclaim Power Issue Brief on the World bank

Preparation led by Institute for Policy Studies and  Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

  1. Reclaim Power Infographic on World Bank and Funding of Dams

International Rivers

  1. Reclaim Power Issue Brief on Oil

Preparation led by Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

  1. Reclaim Power Statement on Agrofuels

Preparation led by JSAPMDD and Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

  1. Reclaim Power Issue Brief and Sign on Statement on Coal

Preparation led by JSAPMDD and Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

  1. Reclaim Power Tool Kit for European Campaigners

Preparation led by Push Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe

 

 

 In addition, Reclaim Power was able to gather resource materials on different energy issues from global partners for open sharing via the website.

 

 

 Established a website and Facebook page that served and will continue to serve as a resource center and communications tool for energy actions

 

The website was largely open-source and user-generated content driven. This allowed for members to upload their materials/resources and many groups took the opportunity to do so – with every ‘issue’ receiving several resources and a range of groups uploading ‘campaign/action toolkit resources’ (e.g. 350’s divestment guide). Those materials are now readily available on the easy to navigate site and can continue to serve as a reference material for campaigners.

 

The Facebook page consistently grew over the month and served a role in sharing materials, memes and events of member groups. Its ongoing efficacy will need to be reassessed, and consideration on whether paid promotion is required must also be considered.

 

 

Laid the grounds for more ambitious and intensive, larger scale and scope, and bolder coordinated and joint actions in the future.

 

The above outcomes all serve as foundations for scaling up targets future efforts in terms of breadth and range of people, movements, communities mobilized, number of countries, cities, towns and areas where actions will take place, number of people involved, the scale and intensity of actions,  the boldness of actions, the impact on media and public opinion. 

 

The global month built relationships between diverse types of organizations as well as those from varied regions. By bringing these groups together on shared political unities and statements, such as the over-arching call to action and demands, or the “Peoples’ Communique on Coal,”  -- the  shared political understanding can serve as  basis for further action.

 

Future actions can be intensified after the shared political practice and experiences of running shared ‘days’ and supporting actions on areas/issues outside of the traditional scope of organizations’ practice.   

New experiences and lessons from these experiences were acquired not just from the process of working together but especially from attempting to pull off and actually succeeding in pulling off a project that has not been tried before.

 

The materials and information generated by Reclaim Power will continue to be useful and will make easier to prepare better materials and other kinds of materials for future  actions and activities.

 

The post-month review and assessment by all partners will also work to consider which types of future coordinated joint actions would be most effective and strategic, and the relationships built through the month, in addition to the experiences undertaken in the month, are a necessary basis for these discussions and decisions.

 

 

And finally --  gains and momentum created through the Reclaim Power initiative helped created conditions for raising energy issues during the COP19 in Poland and protest actions and counter-messaging during the World Coal Summit In Warsaw.

 

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and Reclaim Power global partners continued working together on inside and outside actions, media work and other initiatives focusing on Energy and Climate issues during the COP19 and the World Coal Summit in Warsaw.