At the Right to Energy Forum, over 100 activists, trade unionists, campaigners, and people from all over Europe came together in Brussels to debate, unite, and demand energy solutions for all. REScoop.eu, as member of the Right to Energy Coalition signed this declaration.
As energy prices continue to rise, millions in Europe are facing energy poverty with dramatic consequences: being unable to pay energy bills, living in unhealthy, indecent housing, or receiving disconnection notices. Access to energy can be a matter of life and death — and it is a condition for living a dignified life.
As climate breakdown accelerates, its impacts are now being felt more strongly across Europe, while people in the Global South are on the frontlines of climate chaos, causing widespread loss of life and displacement.
There is now broad recognition that our energy system is failing people and the planet: contributing to a public health crisis, depriving the poorest of access to energy, causing massive energy waste, contaminating the soil and water in communities, and polluting the atmosphere. As young people and social movements mobilise to demand change, we are at a pivotal moment in time.
Climate imperatives and social justice are often pitted against each other. We reject this division and believe that the climate emergency is an opportunity to build a better world for citizens and workers. As a movement, we are dedicated to work together and build strong movements to win the battle for climate and social justice.
We invite activists, social movements, workers and their unions to form coalitions at national and European levels to achieve a fair energy transition for all.
We call on all European institutions and national governments to take the bold decisions necessary in this time of crisis.
Brussels, June 19, 2019
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