Initially envisioned to take place on November 3-4, Power Up has now become a month of action in the lead up to COP28 to demand a renewable, peaceful and equitable world – for all of us. A world where everyone has access to energy, to land, to water and to safety, and where we are all liberated from all forms of oppression.
The fossil fuel industry has exacerbated violence and oppression everywhere, and has always fought against the right to self-determination. There can be no climate justice without human rights, peace and social equity – and now more than ever, we need to show that there are alternatives.
Throughout November, we will be taking action in towns and cities across the globe, calling on world leaders to power up climate solutions that deliver clean energy, alongside justice, peace and the protection of human rights. From Jakarta to Lamu to Rio de Janeiro, to Istanbul, Sydney and New Orleans, we will take to the streets and organise creative actions to spotlight the oil industry’s greed, reclaim communities’ agency, and demand a redirection of the money and power needed to fund a just and peaceful future powered by the sun and the wind.
On December 9, while world leaders attend the UN Climate Summit (COP28) and fossil fuel lobbyists typically spend fortunes to influence negotiations and delay urgent climate policies, we will make our voices heard in the corridors of power to show that we are not backing down! We will bring the energy of our global month-long efforts to the heart of COP28 and demonstrate that a world powered by clean and fair renewable energy is not only possible: it is ours to make. It’s time we break free from coal, oil and gas, and enable the urgent transformation we so much need.
Wherever you are, you can join an event or organise one. Join us!
Power Up was initially planned to happen on November 3-4, 2023. However, we recognise now is a time of immense violence and grief, and this may not be the right moment for some of the Power Up events to go ahead. Therefore, we are pacing our Power Up actions and spreading them over a month – from November 3 to December 9, 2023.
We are grateful to all event organisers and recognise both the immense efforts put into bringing the 200+ planned actions to life. Some events will happen as initially planned, in places where that is still appropriate. Some others will be rescheduled, acknowledging that many of us and our ‘Power Up’ organisers are also campaigning for an end to violence in their geographies and the communities they represent.
In December, we will bring the energy of our global month-long efforts to the heart of the UN Climate Summit (COP28) and demonstrate that a world powered by clean, peaceful and fair renewable energy is not only possible: it is ours to make.
We believe that addressing the climate crisis and promoting peace are inseparable goals, and this month of actions will reflect our commitment to both. The fossil fuel industry has exacerbated violence and oppression everywhere, and has always fought against the right to self-determination. We are convinced that campaigning for community-owned solutions contributes to opening new possibilities for a just, equitable and future peaceful for all.
We seek to build a collective future that is peaceful and sustainable for generations to come. Our Power Up month of actions’ ambition is to reclaim our collective agency, and the power to choose. We are here to show that there are alternatives.