In 2014 Reclaim Power focused on supporting communications around the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and its connection to the energy transformation, the Peoples’ Climate March, and a week of action on energy in October.
April 2014: Providing resources for IPCC Mitigation Report
Collecting Stories of Energy Resistance and organizing media stunt in Berlin; RP Continued to support groups and partners by creating and distributing materials to support communication following the IPCC reports release on 13th April 2014.
Some of these materials – including a Narrative Brief on the IPCC WG3 Report, a FAQ on IPCC WG3, and a brief on the issue of Geo-Engineering – provided information on the report. Other materials – such as a draft press release, and sample Tweets and Facebook statuses – were designed to facilitate unified messaging in communication concerning the report.
In order to focus attention on the energy issues as hand, and to increase knowledge and sharing among partners, we also organised for groups to share stories in each key energy sector. We then printed images representative of these key stories and had local activists in Berlin present them during the launch of the report. The stories were covered in full on our revamped website, that served as an archive of inspiring stories that were shared over the weekend of the report’s release.
As a result, the #ReclaimPower hashtag had a reach of over 200,000 accounts peaking on the 13th of April, and RP partners and groups were able to steer the framing of IPCC coverage with traditional media (such as The Guardian, the BBC and AFP) leading with the energy transformation angle.
September 2014: Peoples Climate Mobilisations;
The Peoples’ Climate Mobilisations took place in mid-September, peaking on the 21st September. RP provided resources (eg signs and flyers to print out) for groups and partners participating in global actions, with the aim of focusing attention on RP demands, and raising the profile of the upcoming week of action.
Specific RP banners were designed including both the "End fossil fuels" demand and the "Transition to Community Renewable Energy" demand. These banners were circulated and many groups used them at the Peoples Mobilisations or other events to mark and show solidarity with the mobilisations and the Reclaim Power demands. Countries where these materials were utilised include the UK, Nepal, the Philippines, India and Bangladesh.
Key members of the Global Campaign also attended the New York moblisation and organized a pre-event for southern campaigners, as well as presenting at various events as a part of the Climate Convergence and the Climate Justice Assembly – often on the theme of extractivism, energy politics and the community energy. Reclaim Power members also marched in New York, including a large delegation from EarthInBrackets, with large banners and flags which were present in several mainstream media reports of the event.
October 10-18: Reclaim Power Global Week of Action on Energy!
So far, our data shows that:
- There were at least 638 actions conducted as part of Reclaim Power Global Week of Action on Energy. Thats around 60 more than last year’s month of action – and all within a single week.
- It is estimated that each action day had at least 20 actions, with the most popular action days ranking as follows:
Global Frackdown – 276 Actions
TTIP – 100 Actions
Community Energy – 96 Actions
Coal – 40 Actions
World Bank and Subsidies – 36 Actions
Waste Incineration – 30 Actions
Nuclear Energy – 20 Actions
World Food day – 20 Actions
Oil – 20 Actions