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Across 63 countries, ‘Power Up’ launch urges leaders to embrace climate solutions

Kicking off a month of actions for climate solutions under the banner of Power Up, the weekend from November 3 to 5, 2023, saw a display of international solidarity as citizens, activists, and organisations from Argentina to Zanzibar in over 200 locations spanning 63 countries came together for a long weekend of global action.

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Power Up action in Kenya observed with the Lamu Dhow race

Led by communities worldwide, the Power Up events sent a resounding call to address the climate crisis, highlighting sustained demands for immediate and comprehensive climate solutions rooted in social justice from world leaders.

This first wave of actions in the month-long drumroll towards the UN Climate Talks in December (COP28), with a global day of action scheduled for December 9 saw a groundswell of support with individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds converging to demand positive change.

From bustling urban centres to remote villages, participants united under the common goal of powering up a sustainable, climate-resilient future.

In South Africa for example, eco-justice activists such as The Green Connection, African Climate Alliance, Extinction Rebellion, 350.org, and Project90By2030 joined others around the world in a united call for a peaceful and equitable world that is powered by renewable, sustainable energy sources.

In Nigeria, stakeholders, led by the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), at a photo exhibition called on the Federal Government to fastrack environmental justice in Ogoniland to alleviate the plight of the people of the area.

Key highlights include:

  • More than 200 locations across 63 countries participated, showcasing the scale of this global movement.
  • A wide range of activities including peaceful marches, educational events, art, underwater power-up actions, murals, and installations.
  • Actions were attended by people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life, showcasing the inclusive nature of the climate movement.

“We stand at a pivotal moment in history where we can no longer ignore the undeniable truth – the climate crisis is here, and it affects us all,” said May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org. “Our collective voice, heard across the globe this weekend, sends a clear message to world leaders: it’s time to power up immediate, ambitious, and comprehensive climate solutions.

“Power Up is igniting a wave of hope and determination among climate advocates and concerned citizens worldwide. As the climate movement continues to gain momentum, it is clear that the demand for climate solutions will only grow stronger.

“Our global call for climate action transcends borders, unites communities, and inspires change. Together, we can address the climate crisis and pave the way for a sustainable, just, and resilient future for all.”

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