The future of climate action is renewable and just energy democracy.
The current systems of energy production are perpetuating the inequality between large fossil fuel industries and the oppression of impoverished and disadvantaged communities. However, the transition into renewable energy may also be hurting the less developed and vulnerable communities if they aren’t given the proper resources, jobs and education. There is a demand for states, institutions and communities to move towards a just energy transition, free from the patriarchy, free from injustices, free from systems of oppression and domination for all people. ‘A just transition must be climate resilient, locally appropriate and have a low impact.’
These resources outline the introductory information needed to understand the importance of a bottom up approach rather than a top down approach to renewable energy transitions. The future looks to people-centred renewable energy that positively impacts communities financially and improvement of health.
1. Introduction - what is Energy?
2. Institutions of Energy
3. A future of clean and renewable energy
4. The need for a ‘Just’ Transition and energy democracy
6. Current political movements
Clean Energy and Women on the Roof of the World
2. People Power Now: 10 demands for an energy system based on people power and justice
Friends of the Earth International
Manifesto, video, publication
Tags: current movements, energy, just transition, energy transfer
People Power Now is Friends of the Earth International’s manifesto for a just transformation of our energy system – based on 10 demands. It is the culmination of years of dialogue, research and movement building, across every continent, with our member groups and allies.
It represents our renewed commitment to building the system that peoples and the planet need. It is a testament to a world which is not only possible, but which is ready to come to fruition. We are ready for a world based on justice and sustainability.
3. dirty energy is at the root of climate justice
By: Friends of the Earth International (Nov 2016)
Video (2 mins) (also available in Spanish, French and Arabic from the FOEIYoutube channel).
Tags: Energy, just transition, dirty energy, fossil fuels, corporations, oppression, geoengineering, carbon markets
This short animation was produced by Friends of the Earth, and helps show how the dirty energy system of fossil fuels is at the root of climate injustice. As the rich corporations backing the fossil fuel industry get richer, the poorer and disadvantaged are most affected by climate impacts. The solution? “No more dirty energy, we need an energy revolution now.”
4. embrace energy democracy - or face social and climate breakdown
By: Susann Scherbarth of Friends of the Earth Europe, and Sean Sweeney of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy - (Jan, 2019)
Article - 2 pages
Tags: Just transition, energy democracy, energy
The article discusses the crucial nature of energy democracy in the current climate breakdown along with social justice issues that are attached. Provides an overview for movements and current events in 2019, and calls for energy democracy to be added to the climate revolution. It is expressed that energy democracy must be brought to the forefront of climate action in order for a future with reliable, affordable and clean energy use. There needs to be a social justice aspect to seeking a fossil free society and economy.
5. just transition
By: Friends of the Earth Europe
Article - 2 pages
Tags: Just transition, energy democracy, energy
The article briefly discusses the energy transition that is occurring globally however, it is socially unfair to many groups of people, particularly in developing states. The article provides a short overview of the term “Just transition” and discusses the importance of prioritising both Jobs and the environment and not one or the other.
6. renewable future - bonn brief #4
By: Various climate justice NGOs (June 2011)
Brief 1 page
Tags: Global politics, renewable energy, IPCC, SDGs
This brief provides facts about the ability for renewable energy to power the future of the world, discusses its affordability and benefit for developing states. A future of renewable and clean energy is possible and should be done.
7. LDC REEEI
By: LDC-initiated, LDC-owned and LDC-driven effort
The Least Developed Countries Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI) is a framework about people-centered development and a shift towards clean energy. The LDC REEEI assists and supports country development in the least developed countries (LDC) to transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency. This resource outlines a vision for development through energy.
8. oil change international
By: Oil Change International
Tags: Energy, Fossil Fuels, Energy Journalism, Just transition
Oil Change International is a Global Organisation which aims to facilitate the ongoing transition into clean energy and is a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels. This resource provides different factual articles and movements on issues relating to energy transitions.
9. reclaim power: our goals for 2018
By: Reclaim Power, Peoples’ Action on Energy and Climate (November 16 2017)
The Home page for Reclaim Power is: https://reclaimpower.net/
Tags: Resistance, climate justice, energy transformation, global movement, demands for a just transition.
Reclaim Power is a movement across the global making demands for the future in relation to renewable energy, just transitions for LDC’s, and to see an end to the fossil fuel extractions and industry. They have been a resistance to reclaim power for an energy transformation and climate justice.
10. the lofoten declaration
List of signatories
Tags: Global just transition, clean energy,
A declaration signed by over 500 civil societies across 76 countries, demanding a movement towards clean, safe and renewable energy in order to avoid the worst consequences of using oil, coal and gas. It aims to create a Global Energy transition calling on both governments and companies to act upon the change that is necessary whilst protecting workers, communities and economies.
11. in conversation with dr. youba sokona
By: William Brent, May 17 2017
Audio - Interview
Dr Youba Sokona outlines in this interview that sustainable energy and Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) must be at the forefront of policy making in order to solve many other issues occurring particularly in LDCs. Issues in health, education, water and the economy are all intertwined with the necessity to have adequate energy in order to industrialize. These changes must happen at the regulatory and utility level where its governing bodies are still heavily bound by traditional ideas of energy.
12. the least developed countries report 2017 (pg 56, chapter 3)
By: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Tags: Centralisation, decentralization, energy for all
This framework provides an overview on transformational energy access to LDCs.
This report shows how“energy for all” in LDCs requires not only access to energy for basic household needs, but that the access to energy also serves productive capacities directly. This is by powering the transformation of LDC economies and by developing more sectors that have adequate and reliable energy supplies.
13. the international energy agency
By: International Energy Agency
Tags: Global energy consumption, trends in energy production and consumption, sustainable transitions, energy security, access to energy, climate change.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is made up of 30 member countries, and 8 association countries which provides for 75% of global energy consumption and more than half of global energy production. The IEA provides data, analysis and solutions on all fuels and technologies for the future of energy consumption and production. The IEA supports countries in their efforts to transform energy systems and to ensure energy security, through training and reports of sustainability goals, clean energy transitions, energy efficiency, etc.