May 2016 — break free from fossil fuels:

Join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil + gas in the ground

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From 2–15 May 2016, we are mobilising to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a sustainable future for everyone.

We now have a unique opportunity to end the destructive use of fossil fuels and choose a future of clean and fair energy. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Let's seize it.   Read More ↓

Events calendar

Nationwide (May 5-15)
  • Launch of videos marking the 6 months since Samarco’s tragedy
  • Rally at Largo da Batata, in São Paulo, with Break Free actions. May 5, at 7 pm (Brasília time)
  • Participation in the March of Mayors against Fracking and Coal, in Brasília from May 9-13.
  • Independent Break Free protests in more than 40 cities.
Maringá (May 5-15)

Many actions are planned for the period from May 5 to 15. Among them:

  • May 9: action with hundreds of people in a concert in Expo Ingá, the main annual rural fair in the state of Paraná;
  • Actions to raise awareness during the whole period of Expo Ingá;
  • Conferences at the local university and meetings with students and scientific community;
  • Actions in partnership with catholic and evangelical communities and indigenous communities in the region.
Toledo (May 07)

Action Canceled.

Fortaleza (May 14, at 4 pm – Brasília time)

Around 10 thousand people will join a rally and march at the Pecém thermal power plant, emphasizing the harm caused by coal: pollution, high level of CO2 emissions and intensive water usage. There will be a blockage of the road leading to the thermal power plant, the Pecém harbor and the coal unloading terminal.

The protest will count with the support of rural communities, indigenous peoples, quilombos, surfists, environmentalists and Ceará’s scientific and climate academy. Buses are coming from tens of cities in Ceará, Piauí and Maranhão.

Umuarama (May 15 — time to be confirmed)

A big march is planned for the 15th of May, with meeting point at Praça da Bíblia. At the same day, a bill will be signed, banning the use of fracking for gas extraction in the city.

Around 5 thousand people are expected to join. The action is supported by catholic and evangelic communities, Cáritas, REPAS, parishes, indigenous communities, schools, universities, politicians, professors and students.


What is Break Free?

Break Free is a movement, an idea, and a call for action. To help build this movement, this online platform has been created so people and organizations who share our Common Values can organize or participate in large-scale actions around the world. These actions will support ongoing campaigns and reinforce shared goals: the rapid, just transition from the fossil fuel economy of the past to the 100% renewable and clean energy future that climate justice demands. Click here to see the values that will define all Break Free actions.

Break Free from Fossil Fuels is not a legal entity and is not intended to create any formal established legal personality, network or coalition. It is a platform through which people can take and create actions anywhere across the globe, whilst adhering to the agreed Values.

What are you hoping to achieve?

Following the COP21 summit in Paris we are still left with these urgent needs: more action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and an acceleration in the just transition to 100% renewable energy. These mobilisations will shine a light on those needs, help spread information about crucial new and existing local campaigns to fight fossil fuels, and continue to shift political power away from the fossil fuel industry and towards grassroots groups who are at the frontlines of a great energy and economic transformation. We want to help open the doorway to more and more people willing to increase their own commitment and to demonstrate the moral urgency of ending the use of fossil fuels and choosing renewables.

Will there be civil disobedience?

Yes. 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded and the impacts of climate change are already hitting communities around the world. From rising sea levels to extreme storms, climate change is with us now and the need to act has never been more urgent. Our actions must reflect the scale and urgency of this crisis in a way that governments can no longer ignore.

What projects are being targeted?

Break Free from Fossil Fuels will be targeting some of the most iconic and dangerous fossil fuel projects all over the world. In Brazil, mobilisations are being organised as listed above. In a global level, actions are being planned in these countries.

The local and national organisers are currently developing the exact details of the mobilisations in coordination with regional and global partners. To find out more about mobilisation plans in your region and to help shape those plans sign up now and we will be in touch soon to tell you more.

Why mobilise in May?

May is our moment. Unlike previous mobilisations, this effort is not linked to any particular government summit, conference or legislation. This is a moment where we, the movement, set the terms. And quite simply, we picked May as a moment that worked for us to mobilise across a dozen or more countries across the globe.

What kind of support will be provided?

We are in the process of setting up international working groups to provide guidance and resources to each local/national organising team. These mobilisations will be designed so that people with all levels of experience can take part. The specific legal, security, and financial support for each location will vary and more detail will be available soon.

Do you want to know more?

Press release: “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” Global Movement to engage thousands of Brazilians in four states

As a direct response to the COP 21 outcomes, insufficient to stop climate changes, Brasil and its partners are going to organize the “Break Free from fossil fuels” global action in four Brazilian states. Those actions will take place from May 4 to 15, simultaneously in several countries to show to the fossil fuel industry that we want a renewable and clean water future.

Organized by the climate movement and partner organizations such as the COESUS – No Fracking Brazil and for the Sustainability Coalition, the campaign will be launched in order to mobilize millions of people in the world in order to put pressure on the hydrocarbon industry and local governments to keep fossil fuels underground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a sustainable future for us all.

“We are organizing with traditional communities a series of events in several states, supported by hundreds of organizations and volunteers to demonstrate that we, Brazilian citizens, we will fight for fossil fuels to remain underground,” said Nicole Figueiredo Oliveira, director of Brazil and Latin America.

Several countries are moving to break free from fossil fuels, including the United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, Indonesia, the Philippines and Nigeria. In Brazil, a program is being articulated in four regions: Javari Valley, Acre, Thermoelectric Power Plant, at Pecém in Ceará, Jurong Aracruz shipyard in Espirito Santo and in Londrina and Maringa, Paraná.

We hope that a never seen before number of people commit to participate in actions that destabilize the industry power, targeting the most dangerous and unnecessary fossil fuels linked projects on the planet and supporting the most ambitious climate solutions.

“Everyone is a key part in this process, and will be responsible for something great, that no other organization has done in the world: to mobilize thousands of people to say no to fossil at some big project,” says Nicole.

Climate Changes

The Brazil defends disinvestment in fossil fuels to contain climate change and show that renewables are essential to build a just and sustainable future we need.

Nicole recalls that 2015 was the hottest year on record, since emissions exceeded 400 shares per million (ppm) of CO² in the atmosphere. “We are going to be safe only if we can reduce to 350 ppm. To do that, we have to promote a historical and global change in our energy system, and it has to be now, “she warns.

No Fracking Brazil

A Brazil partner in the “Break Free from fossil fuels” action, the COESUS. – Coalition No Fracking Brazil and for the Sustainability coordinator, Mr. Dr. Juliano Bueno de Araujo, emphasizes the importance of the involvement of organized entities of society, parliamentarians and the people: “we want to be masters of our destiny and it’s time to say we will not admit that the hydrocarbon industry continue to put our lives at risk.”

COESUS founder, since 2013 Juliano develops in Brazil a campaign against hydraulic fracturing, also called FRACKING, a highly polluting technology for underground oil and shale gas extraction.

In addition to contaminating the water, making the soil a wasteland, polluting the air and causing cancer in people and animals, fracking is a major cause of climate change by the systematic methane emissions. Even more, hydraulic fracturing is now also associated with the occurrence of earthquakes.

Participating groups

A wide range of international, national and local organisations are stepping up to support or participate in the Break Free movement, including those listed below. If your organisation wishes to join this effort please write to . Brasil
Fundação Cooperlivre Arayara
Forum Ceará no Clima
Conselho Indigenista Missionário
Fórum do Movimento Ambientalista

Fórum do movimento ambientalista de Minas Gerais
Observatório Latino-americano de Extrativismo
Observatório Latino-americano do Fracking – LATIN-FRACKING
UNISUSTENTAVEL – Universidade Latino-americano da Sustentabilidade
Red Latino-americano Contra El Fracking – RED NO FRACKING
IBEN – Instituto Brasileiro de Energias Renováveis
Observatório Latino-americano climático
Coletivo Cidade Verde – UnB

Media Partners

Mundo Livre FM
TV Clima
Rádio ClimaTV não FRACKING
Revista Ecológica