Alongside local activists, Biofuelwatch are hosting a series of “Grassroots Energy Collaboration” workshops across the country throughout May and June, in Bristol, London and Liverpool.
The Liverpool event will be held on Saturday 10th June at The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT from 10am – 4.30pm. The event is aimed at groups from across the North of England. Places are limited to 40, please register on Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grassroots-energy-collaboration-workshop-north-tickets-34066747559.
These events will bring together those fighting polluting and extractive energy (such as fracking, coal, big biomass, incineration and nuclear) and fuel poverty with those working on community renewables and other local energy projects. We aim to discover how we can better work together to bring about the energy transformation the UK desperately needs for the climate, the environment and for society.
We set up these workshops in response to what we perceive to be a very difficult political environment for climate and energy campaigners: a government that is pushing multiple regressive and ‘dirty’ energy solutions, such as fracking and Hinkley C, which has hobbled clean energy just as it was taking off, and gives no support for energy efficiency – and this doesn’t even begin to touch on the uncertainty caused by Brexit and the election.
It would be easy to separate into siloes and focus on fighting our single-issue campaigns. But we think that we do not have to make these false choices between nuclear and fracking, coal and biomass, warm homes or investment in renewables. We can reduce energy demand, phase out fossil fuels and produce enough clean, renewable energy to run a decent society and have healthy lives. At these workshops, we can start having these extremely important conversations about what we want OUR energy system to look like, and how we can work together to get it.
Aims of the workshops are:
To facilitate collaboration and networking between grassroots groups and organisations working for a just and sustainable energy system;
To identify shared principles and campaigning objectives and messages;
To identify scope for joint work or messaging, either between all or some participating groups.
The focus is of these workshops is specifically on the UK context, and on energy for heat and power rather than for transport.
Once you’ve registered on eventbrite, we’ll be sending out a document before the event with info on all the different projects and campaigns represented.