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Take action on renewables

March 2015

Some ideas and starting points on how you can help build a cleaner, fairer energy future

Westmill solar farm [Related Image]
Westmill Solar Co-operative in Britain, the world’s largest community-owned solar farm. ©

Stop the fake corporate renewables

Stop wood-burning power stations from destroying forests
Britain: Check out for details of actions (including a protest in London in April)
US: Find action info at

Fight back against land-grabbing, forest-trashing corporate biofuels. Food not fuel!
US: The fight against corn ethanol involves an unlikely alliance of livestock farmers, oil companies, environmentalists, anti-hunger campaigners, fast-food chains and free-market groups. See, and
Worldwide: Support peasant farmers’ control over their lands and food – see the Via Campesina website:

Stop the megadams
Borneo: The Borneo Project’s ‘Stop the Dams!’ campaign:
Worldwide: and

Support clean, democratic energy

Renewable energy co-operatives are started by people like you. Find out how!
Britain: Centre for Alternative Technology information service:
US: Community Power Network:
Canada: Community Energy Partnerships Program:
Australia: Embark
New Zealand/Aotearoa: Co-operative Business New Zealand –

Gain the skills to build your own
For example, Demand Energy Equality ([email protected]) runs practical energy workshops in London teaching people how to build DIY solar PV and off-grid systems. Search online for similar opportunities near you!

Support campaigns for taking back energy into democratic and community control
Britain: Global Justice Now –
Transition Network –
We Own It –
Fuel Poverty Action –
US: Centre for Social Inclusion –
Transition US –
Worldwide: Unions for Energy Democracy –

Bring down the barriers to change

Join the global movement to get our money out of fossil fuels… …and into truly clean alternatives instead:

Reduce the political and cultural power of the fossil fuel industry
New Zealand/Aotearoa:

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