Monday, March 9, 2009

April 1st is Fossil Fools Day!

FOSSIL FOOLS DAY is less than a month away!

The international Rising Tide network and its allies are calling for
a day
of action against the fossil fuel industry on April 1st 2009. We would
like to invite you to get involved in this day of action.

Fossil Fools Day is about taking action in the name of carbon common
sense:
– leaving fossil fuels in the ground
- abandoning false solutions
- building real and just alternatives

On April 1st last year, people around the world celebrated Fossil Fools
Day. Over 150 actions took place across four continents. Oil, gas, coal
and aviation were all targeted. Fossil fuel extraction, production,
financing, PR and greenwash all felt the jester's wrath. Actions spanned
the full spectrum from the simply subversive to the downright
disruptive:
office occupations, banner drops, street theatre, Big Carbon blockades,
city centre parades, spoof product launches, subvertising, leaflets,
lock-ons and even a laugh-in. The tentacles of the carbon web were
exposed
for all to see, more people saw the empire for what it truly is – a
sinking ship awaiting abandonment – and here and there, the carbon
machine
even ground to a halt.

Check out some of what happened and who was involved here:
www.fossilfoolsdayofaction.org/2008

With your help, this year Fossil Fools Day will be bigger, better and
bolder.

Here's how you can get involved:

1. Plan an action where you live ... from a bit of street theatre and a
stall to an citizen's occupation of a newly nationalised bank; a little
local subvertising to a Big Carbon blockade. Read on for loads of
resources and support to help you pull your prank.

2. Come along to Climate Camp in the City of London on April 1st –
targeting carbon markets on the eve of the G20 leaders' summit in
London –
because nature doesn't do bailouts. More info: www.climatecamp.org.uk/
g20.
Later you can head off to spoil BP's Centenary party at the British
Museum. Join Rising Tide and Art Not Oil, between 6-7pm, to say 'Your
Party's Over!' Bring banners, musical instruments, a sense of climate
justice and a nonsense of foolery. Meet at 6pm at the British
Museum's Gt.
Russell St. gate.

3. Help spread the word – email friends or group members, add a link to
Fossil Fools Day to your website or blog (you can grab a graphic for the
event here: www.risingtide.org.uk/fossilfoolsday2009), join the Facebook
group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=76383323792)
include the call-out (at the end of this email) in your
newsletters/e-bulletins, put posters up where lots of people will see
them, hand out leaflets, etc.

Our actions are amplified when we act in unison. This year, in the
build-up to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in November, let's
see if we can reach over 1000 actions worldwide! On Fossil Fools Day,
bring the spirit of carnival and mischief to the fight for climate
justice.

It would be great to hear of your support and plans! Get in touch if
you're planning a public action, so we can list it on our website and
help
spread the word. And whatever you do, make sure to let us know about
your
Fossil Fools Day action so we can add it to our end-of-day round up and
show the world what grassroots action against the fossil fuel
industry can
achieve.

See you on the streets on April 1st.

CONTACTS
Rising Tide UK
Email: info@risingtide.org.uk
Tel: 07708 794665

www.risingtide.org.uk
www.fossilfoolsday.org

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RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

All available at: www.risingtide.org.uk/fossilfoolsday2009
(get in touch if you'd like anything mailed to you in hard copy):

-actions booklet with 15 ideas for action against the fossil
fuel industry, including planning tips, target locations, examples of
successful actions and more
-leaflets and graphics to make your own materials
-a generic leaflet you can adapt to hand out on the day, and a sample
press release to help you write your own
-a Q&A sheet for answering media questions.

Want to find an action to get involved in?
If you are looking to get involved where you live, get in touch
(info@risingtide.org.uk) and we may be able to link you up with
something
in your local area... or give you advice on getting your own action off
the ground ... or put you in touch with another local group for future
actions!

Media
We'll be sending out a national press release and may be able to direct
journalists to you on the day if you wish, so any info you can let us
know
in advance will be really helpful – and/or a phone number to contact you
on the day if that's possible. And call or email us as soon as your
action's happened so we can include it in the end-of-day actions
round-up,
which we'll be press releasing as well. Get in touch if you'd like help
writing and/or sending your own press release - there's a great guide
here:
http://www.networkforclimateaction.org.uk/toolkit/press_and_media/
guides_for_using_the_mainstream_media/short_guide_to_the_media.pdf

CALL TO ACTION

On April 1st, take aim at your local Fossil Fool!

We are living through both alarming and amazing times: financial systems
are creaking, climate change is being felt around the world, and the
peak
in fossil fuels fast approaches. Cracks are widening daily throughout
the
fossil fuel empire, and change is coming whether we like it or not.

Q: What's Fossil Fools Day going to do?
A: Speed up the end of the fossil fuel empire, and the beginnings of a
more just and sustainable world.

On April 1st last year, people around the world celebrated Fossil Fools
Day. Over 150 actions took place across four continents. Oil, gas, coal
and aviation were all targeted. Fossil fuel extraction, production,
financing, PR and greenwash all felt the jester's wrath. Actions spanned
the full spectrum from the simply subversive to the downright
disruptive:
office occupations, banner drops, street theatre, Big Carbon blockades,
city centre parades, spoof product launches, subvertising, leaflets,
lock-ons and even a laugh-in. The tentacles of the carbon web were
exposed
for all to see, more people saw the empire for what it truly is – a
sinking ship awaiting abandonment – and here and there, the carbon
machine
even ground to a halt. This year Fossil Fools Day will be bigger, better
and bolder.

Our actions are amplified when we act in unison, so this year, in the
build-up to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in November, let's
see if we can reach 100 UK actions and over 1000 worldwide! Fossil Fools
Day is about taking action in the name of carbon common sense – leave
fossil fuels in the ground, abandon false solutions, and build real and
just alternatives. Dismantling the fossil fuel empire is a massive task,
but every action we take takes its toll, and there is no doubt that our
resistance is growing and our struggles are uniting year by year.

So whether you've been looking for a chance to dip a toe into the
growing
climate action movement, or have had your kick-ass action planned since
last year, now is the time to do it – whatever it is. On April 1st, join
the global day of resistance and pull a prank that packs a punch.