What do we want to achieve?
Climate change poses the greatest threat to the future of human kind. Scientists agree it is the human activity that causes the worldwide record high temperatures, rising sea levels, melting icebergs, waves of heat and droughts, devastating floods, increasingly more severe tropical storms and extinction of animal species. The principal causes are agreed to be mining and use of fossil fuels. Our movement wants to achieve the termination of mining, burning of coal and other fossil fuels. We also want to reach climate justice and a fair transition to carbon-free economy.
We support afulltransition to renewable energy sources withoutfalsesolutions, such as nuclear or gas. Energyshouldserve everyone,and thuspower over the market and the gridshould not remain in the hands of conglomerates and coal barons. On the contrary, community energy should be developed in the form of energy cooperatives and municipal energy. Energy must be affordable and environmentally friendly, but at the same time energy efficiency and targeted reduction of consumption must be taken into account instead of endless economic growth.
A Just Transformation
Extending social security for workers in all sectors must be part of the transition to renewable energy sources. Merely replacing jobs with other jobs is not enough, it is necessary to take into account both the quality and the meaning of work. It is also a space for experiments in the field of work organization, such astheshorteningof working hours or cooperative businesses. Economic inequality in the former coal regions must berebalanced for the benefit of working and ordinary people, communities and municipalities. The costs must be borne mainly by those who have amostly contributed tothe injustices of the fossil industry. We need a participatory, open and democratic process to create futureprosperity.
A Society for All
We want to address climate and energy in connection with the deeper, systemic causes of the current crisis. The climate and environmental crisis is the result of the endless expansion of agrowth-centeredmarket economy. It is therefore necessary to move towards an economy that will serve the good life of all within the boundaries of the planet,instead ofaccumulatingmoney and power in the hands of oligarchs. For us, this path is represented bydegrowth, in which consumption will be reduced and people, other living beings and nature will no longer be perceived as mere resources. At the same time, we apply concepts such as equality or justice to everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or animal species. We stand by all the world’s movements for emancipation and liberation and we want to work with them.
What do we stand for?
We are part of a global movement. We are aware that climate change is a world threat. We feel connected to the increasing movement for climate justice represented by such groups as Ende Gelände, Dacota Sioux, Plane Stupid, 350.org and Reclaim the Power. Because of that we participated a few times in international events Break Free from fossil fuels. Thousands of people blocked surface mining, coal ports and pipelines under construction with their bodies. We intend to support future protests against fossil industry around the world by expressing our solidarity and direct participation. We want to transfer the tactics and directions of the global movements to the Czech Republic.
We feel solidarity with people mostly affected by climate change and ecological problems. We are aware that ecological problems cannot be separated from social and economical issues. Climate change replicates the distribution of power in society and it deepens inequality on many levels. Problems connected with climate change affect mostly the poorest states of global South. This is despite the fact that they contribute to the pollution the least. Similarly, the most polluted locations within states appear at areas with the greatest social problems. Ecological disasters struck the hardest the poorest people, people of colour and females. Droughts and natural disasters are at the core of migration. All named above suffer the consequences of excessive emissions emitted by global North which historically bears direct responsibility for the damage caused by climate change. The time for change has come.
How do we work and what do we do?
We work non-hierarchically, we do not have bosses, we are independent of political parties. We try to establish an ecological movement from the bottom. Every individual, who shares our values, has equal access to the decision making. The voice of those affected by ecological problems will be heard the most when they get the opportunity to actively participate in the activities of social movements, when they come up with their own ideas and when they participate in their realisation. We are open and we strive for inclusivity of our movement. We will not tolerate racism, sexism nor any other discriminating forms of division. We want to give opportunity to influence the direction of the movement to anyone sharing our values, regardless their colour, age or gender. We want to link various social movements with common people who suffer from mining, coal burning and consequences of climate change.
We stand for for non-violence. We do not want to harm any living beings by our actions. It is not our aim to damage property of others either. Violence is not means of achieving our goals.
We stand for direct action. Radical politics, which intends to solve deeper causes of social problems, has never been successful without a direct action. It was this method that achieved the rights for women to vote, the eight-hours shifts, the abolition of slavery and racial segregation. Direct action is our main, although not exclusive, means of changing and mobilising society. By direct action we mean, for example, non-violent blockades, passive resistance and civil disobedience. We are ready to actively and consciously confront laws and social conventions in the name of legitimate goals.
When organising our actions, we care about their sustainability. We do not want to talk about sustainable society, we want to live it. We do our best to adjust our events so that they follow the principals we highlight.
We want to change the system, not the climate!