Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

Youth Action to Break Free from Fossil Fuels

Jun 16, 2017 | No Comments

In 2016 thousands of people around the world took to the streets in what has been called the largest-ever global protest against fossil fuels. For two weeks, environmental groups in the United States, the UK, Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia staged a series of actions, called “Break Free”, calling for renewable energy alternatives and a global shift away from fossil fuels.

Now, one year later, the Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign has gained strength with new groups from more countries around the world taking a stand.

The week of May 4-15, 2017, a global wave of peaceful actions took place across six continents targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects.

In Nigeria, three actions were held to demonstrate what happens when the oil runs dry, and local communities are left with pollution and none of the wealth. On indigenous Ogoni land, activists demanded cleanup of old oil spills and called for local resistance against corporations.

The area is one of the world’s most polluted regions, host to 40-years worth of oil spills from companies operating in the area. Shell has been widely blamed for failing to cleanup the contamination. The 1.5 million Ogonis are also the only people known to have successful ejected an oil company for pollution.

In May, a youth group called The Young Environmentalist Network continued to take action, hosting one of the three Break Free rallies. The youth indigenous organization collaborated with a number of other local groups and used a $4000 grant from Global Greengrants to facilitate the Anti-Fossil Fuels rally involving 2000 local participants. Not only did the group call for cleanup, but drew attention to the power local people have to resist corporations and keep oil in the ground.

It’s this kind of community-led action that will help us forge a brighter future with more sustainable sources of energy.

This grant was made possible with support from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation.

Photo: The Young Environmentalist Network

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The United States’ Shameful Decision to Withdraw From the Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 1, 2017 | No Comments

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May 24, 2017 | No Comments

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The Grant is Only the Beginning

May 5, 2017 | No Comments

By Jenna Daucunas, Development Database Associate I recently had the opportunity to speak with Violet Matiru, an advisor on our East Africa Advisory Board, who was visiting the Boulder office from Kenya. Violet has worked with Global Greengrants Fund recommending… Read more

Congratulations to the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners

Apr 24, 2017 | No Comments

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for their efforts to safeguard the environment and their communities. We’re especially proud to acknowledge Rodrigo Tot, the 2017 prizewinner from Guatemala, who helped lead his community to a landmark… Read more

Join the Movement for Climate Action

Apr 20, 2017 | No Comments

By Terry Odendahl, President and CEO Late last month, President Trump signed an executive order to reverse President Obama’s climate change efforts and revive the coal industry, pulling back American leadership in international efforts to take action on global warming.… Read more

From the Frontlines: Improving Access to Water in Locuto, Peru

Apr 12, 2017 | No Comments

How are communal ownership and renewable energy combined to improve access to water? A community in Locuto, Peru seems to have found the recipe for success. The province of Locuto is located in the heart of Peru’s dry forest region,… Read more

Activism around the World: Highlights from March 2017

Mar 23, 2017 | No Comments

Each year Global Greengrants Fund makes over 800 grants to environmental activists around the world, helping to support grassroots initiatives to protect the planet and the rights of the people who call these natural places home. We wish we could… Read more

Improving Access to Clean Water Worldwide $12 at a Time

Mar 22, 2017 | No Comments

Over 700 million people around the world lack access to the one thing all people need to survive – water. Today, on World Water Day, the world is recognizing efforts to tackle the water access crisis. Today also marks the… Read more

Raise Your Voice for Climate Action

Mar 21, 2017 | No Comments

Solutions to climate change exist on the front lines of the struggle to save our shared planet. On Saturday, April 29, tens of thousands of people around the world will take to the streets to demand action on climate change.… Read more