On 7 October, REScoop Vlaanderen and REScoop.eu co-organize the event "The wind blows for everyone: on land at sea and in the air" on the iconic Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior. The event will be mainly in Dutch.
Because the capacity on board is very limited, we work with a selective guest list and by invitation only. However, you can watch the live streaming of the event and of the interviews we conduct afterwards with a few prominent attendees via the Facebook pages of Ecopower, REScoop Vlaanderen and REScoop.eu.
The Flemish and European federations of citizen energy cooperatives for renewable energy treat local and regional administrators, representatives from civil society, citizens and members of the press to a fun, interesting and inspiring evening. Ten speakers will give a short pitch about their experiences with citizen participation in the energy transition, based on their personal, professional or political vision. Good practices from the EU, the Netherlands, the province of East Flanders and various cities and municipalities can hopefully inspire and encourage the Belgian and Flemish policy makers who are lagging behind in terms of civic participation.
The evening will be introduced by Wouter Deprez, citizen, comedian and member of the energy cooperative EnerGent. VRT journalist Marjan Temmerman moderates the evening. The program is followed by a reception, all attendees will have the opportunity to get a tour on the Rainbow Warrior.
Europe, Belgium and Flanders are fully committed to renewable energy. This is both necessary and urgent if we want to reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution caused by fossil fuels. Renewable energy comes from sun, hydro-power and biomass, and to a very large extent from wind. But who owns the wind? According to the Flemish citizens' cooperatives for renewable energy, united in REScoop Flanders, the wind is blowing for everyone. On land, at sea and in the air. Therefore, we claim that all Belgian citizens should be able to become owner of the energy installations that harvest energy, both on- and offshore.Add paragraph text here.
The event 'The wind blows for everyone - on land, at sea and in the air' will take place on Monday 7 October from 7 pm to 10 pm on the iconic Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior in the port of Antwerp. Not coincidentally during the IASC World Commons Week 2019. We have to manage our energy together as a common good. Citizens finance about 90% of the energy transition through the subsidy system for green energy certificates. In addition to the costs, let them share in the benefits and give them a say and democratic ownership.
During the event at the Rainbow Warrior, REScoop Flanders and REScoop.eu will use personal, professional and political testimonials to draw the attention of all Flemish and Belgian administrators to the central role citizens have in the energy transition:
19.00 Welcome aboard!
19.30 - 21.00 Programme, moderated by Marjan Temmerman, VRT journalist.
21.00 - 22.00 Reception and guided tour on the Rainbow Warrior by Greenpeace.
What? REScoop Flanders organises the event 'The wind is blowing for everyone'.
"on land, at sea and in the air. In doing so, we are drawing attention to the role of the citizen in the energy transition and calling on administrators to provide direct citizen participation in all on- and offshore renewable energy projects.
When? Monday 7 October, from 19h00 to 22h00.
Copyright: Bas Beentjes / Greenpeace
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