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Our future climate

Ten families, a life-changing court case and our community of citizens. They plan to take on climate change together next year. Will you chip in?

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"This is the most important issue facing mankind and much more urgency must be shown and much bolder steps taken." - Sunil, WeMove community member

Today is the last day of the climate talks in Poland. And with climate change denier Trump in the White House, it’s vital that Europe doesn’t shirk its responsibility to lead the world on climate change.

That’s why ten families are doing something never done before: suing the EU for failing to act against climate change and demanding protection for their rights, and the rights of all of us. And so far, 175,000 of us in the WeMove community are standing with them.

Together we’re part of a radical movement of people taking a vital stand to protect our future. We all want to do something about climate change but it can be difficult to know what to do. That’s where the power of our Europe-wide community comes in.

Will you chip in a few euros a month to support this monumental climate court case? We know this case could take many months to win and our environment simply can’t wait:

I’ll donate €8 a month
I’ll donate €15 a month
I’ll donate €30 a month
I’ll surprise you

Over the next year we’ll continue to campaign and increase solidarity with all of the families taking the EU to court. Here’s WeMove staff handing over your 169,093 signatures of solidarity to the 10 families...

 

Plaintiffs from Portugal and Sweden with partners and WeMove activist handing over the signatures

Plaintiffs from Portugal and Sweden with partners and WeMove activist handing over the signatures

 

We know this monumental court case will take time. And climate deniers have deep pockets (often from dirty fossil fuel investments!). So small regular donations from hundreds of people across Europe help us plan to support the People’s Climate Case for as long as it takes.

If only a few hundred of us pay a couple of euros each month, it will give us a great chance of backing the People’s Climate Case for all of 2019. Will you chip in to help make sure we’ve got the best chance of winning the People’s Climate Case?

I’ll donate €8 a month
I’ll donate €15 a month
I’ll donate €30 a month
I’ll surprise you

In solidarity,

Mika (Bordeaux), Jörg (Lübeck), Virginia (Madrid), and the rest of us at WeMove.EU

PS: These families are reminding us of the dangers of climate change. But we should not forget that there are solutions ready - solar and wind energy are growing massively, and in many cases they cost less than polluting alternatives. Winning this court case will push the EU to take those solutions more seriously. There is no need to leave this mess to future generations, donate now to help clean it up today.

 

BIG NEWS: The end for glyphosate 


Will you help us achieve a global revolution in the food chain? We're almost there, but we need your help. Thanks to the determination of each and every one of us, glyphosate could soon be banned for good.

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Just last week the European Parliament voted on strong new legislation to increase transparency in our food, and to provide secret industry safety studies to the public! [1] Finally independent scientists will be able to scrutinise the studies before EU approval is granted.

This legislation didn’t come about by itself - it’s a direct response from the EU Commission to our European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate. Thanks to the efforts of every one of us in this community and our partners, we’re now on the cusp of a global food revolution.

But it’s not final yet, the last stage of this process is an agreement to be negotiated early next year. And there’s not much time, because European elections are coming up quickly. [2]

That’s why I’m asking for your support right now. None of us alone would have the power to fight back against the pesticide industry, but together we’ve beaten them and made our politicians listen to the public interest, not corporate interests.

Small, regular donations are what enabled our community to constantly put pressure where it was needed most along the way and allow us to act fast. Whether it’s to commission the best independent scientists to check Bayer’s dodgy “science”, organise a last-minute big media stunt or organise mass actions targeting decision makers.

 

Will you become a regular donor to our community to help fund the fight against glyphosate?
Yes, I’ll donate €8 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €15 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €30 a month
Yes, I’ll surprise you!

Our community has been fighting against the likes of Monsanto, Bayer, and the pesticides industry since we were founded just three short years ago. We got the attention of the EU institutions and we roused an EU-wide public debate on glyphosate and pesticides, but the EU granted glyphosate’s license an emergency extension. [3]

So in 2017, our community and partners decided to ramp-up the pressure and launch an official “European Citizens’ Initiative” (ECI) to ban glyphosate. We collected the required 1,000,000 signatures in record time.

Together, our community and partners made the difference between glyphosate being granted the 15-year license that industry wanted, and the 5-year license they got. Our media stunts, phone calls and emails to national ministers held weight, and together we proved that our people-power was stronger than the corporate lobby.

But that wasn’t all -- in an official response to our ECI, the EU Commission proposed this major change to EU General Food Law, to increase transparency in the food chain. [4, 5] And when corporate interests and the pesticide industry threatened to prevent more transparency, our community sprang into action again: we emailed our MEPs and signed a petition calling for precisely what industry fears most - transparency. This helped us win the vote last week, but only by a small margin.

Thanks to our community, our politicians heard our calls with polls, through the media, and in-person outside their offices. But to run such campaigns requires us to be able to react at the drop of hat and we can only do that thanks to regular donations. Will you help?

Yes, I’ll donate €8 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €15 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €30 a month
Yes, I’ll surprise you!

Today we should all feel encouraged, hopeful, and looking towards a global revolution in the food chain.

Thank you for being there at every stage in this struggle,
Mika (Bordeaux), Virginia (Madrid), Jörg (Lübeck) and the whole team at WeMove.EU

 

PS: Regular donors sustain our movement and give our community the independence and flexibility to put our resources where they matter most. Please chip in a small regular donation to help us get all the way there, so we can continue moving Europe together.

 

References:
[1] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20181205IPR20935/food-safety-more-transparency-better-risk-prevention https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/meps-ready-to-negotiate-efsas-transparency-rule-but-need-to-find-a-new-negotiator/ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2018-0489+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN
[2] The Parliament will now begin negotiations with the EU Council in what is known as “trilogues,” because all three EU institutions take part and negotiate for the final law to be voted on by the Parliament. But there is very little time for these meetings to occur before Parliament’s last session before the 2019 European elections.
[3] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/29/controversial-chemical-roundup-weedkiller-escapes-immediate-ban https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/commission-prolongs-glyphosate-licence-by-18-months/
[4] http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/successful/details/follow-up/2017/000002/en?lg=en
[5] The Parliament also launched a committee on pesticides to review the EU approval procedures: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/pest/home.html Monsanto lobbyists were also banned from the European Parliament: https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/monsanto-lobbyists-barred-from-european-parliament/

 

You vs.plastic polluters

Will you help make sure we can plan the most effective campaigns to keep turning the tide on plastic pollution? Thanks to the determination of each and every one of us, plastic polluters will soon have to pay.

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This week the EU institutions met for the final time to thrash out the ban on the worst single-use plastics. [1] It was the final stage in the negotiating process and it represents just how far we’ve come. From our 750,000 strong petition, to Monday’s front-page newspaper ad asking the country holding the EU presidency, Austria, to back our demands. Together we’ve come a long way.

Just this week the EU decided that big companies churning out plastic to make more money are finally going to have to pay for the plastic pollution they put into our environment. [2]

It’s taken many many months of work on this campaign, thousands of hours of campaigning and a strategy to make sure every decision maker in the EU saw our demands. It was only possible because hundreds of people in the WeMove community chip in a few euros each month - these regular donations are the key to being able to map out a long-term campaign strategy.

Our community is working hard to stop the tide of plastic pollution and protect our environment.

Will you chip in a few euros a month to make sure we can plan the most effective campaigns to keep turning the tide on plastic pollution?

Yes, I’ll donate €8 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €15 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €30 a month
I’ll surprise you!

Early on in the campaign, our community chipped in to put powerful billboards across Brussels showing the horrors of plastic pollution for our wildlife. Our community sent almost 100,000 emails to our MEPs, asking them to vote for a strong single-use plastics law. We’ve played the long game. And it’s working.

Plastics billboards in Brussels and delivering petition signatures

Last year: Our billboard campaign in Brussels, and delivering petition signatures with our partners to Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission

Please will you chip in to help us play the long game on other important environmental issues? The future of our wildlife is at stake:

Yes, I’ll donate €8 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €15 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €30 a month
I’ll surprise you!

Thanks to our community and our partners [3], our politicians heard our calls with emails, petition signatures, billboards, through the media, and in-person outside their offices. Now we can look forward to strong European laws that make plastic polluters pay!

Thanks for turning the tide,
Mika (Bordeaux), Giulio (Rome), Virginia (Madrid), and the rest of us at WeMove.EU

 

PS: Regular donors sustain our movement and give our community the independence and flexibility to put our resources where they matter most. Please chip in a small regular donation to help us get all the way there, so we can continue moving Europe together.

 

References:
[1] The Parliament has been negotiating with the EU Council in what is known as “trilogues,” because all three EU institutions take part and negotiate for the final law to be voted on by the Parliament. The final trilogue is on 18 December.
[2] https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/10/31/eu-acts-to-restrict-plastic-pollution-council-agrees-its-stance/#
[3] Including #Aufstehn, GLOBAL2000 (Friends of the Earth - Austria), SumOfUs, and countless others

 

The long game

Will you help make sure we can plan the most effective campaigns to keep turning the tide on plastic pollution? Thanks to the determination of each and every one of us, plastic polluters will soon have to pay.

H

Last week the EU institutions met for the final time to thrash out the ban on the worst single-use plastics. [1] It was the final stage in the negotiating process and it represents just how far we’ve come. From our 750,000 strong petition, to Monday’s front-page newspaper ad asking the country holding the EU presidency, Austria, to back our demands. Together we’ve come a long way.

Just last week the EU decided that big companies churning out plastic to make more money are finally going to have to pay for the plastic pollution they put into our environment. [2]

It’s taken many many months of work on this campaign, thousands of hours of campaigning and a strategy to make sure every decision maker in the EU saw our demands. It was only possible because hundreds of people in the WeMove community chip in a few euros each month - these regular donations are the key to being able to map out a long-term campaign strategy.

Our community is working hard to stop the tide of plastic pollution and protect our environment.

Will you chip in a few euros a month to make sure we can plan the most effective campaigns to keep turning the tide on plastic pollution?

Yes, I’ll donate €8 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €15 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €30 a month
I’ll surprise you!

Early on in the campaign, our community chipped in to put powerful billboards across Brussels showing the horrors of plastic pollution for our wildlife. Our community sent almost 100,000 emails to our MEPs, asking them to vote for a strong single-use plastics law. We’ve played the long game. And it’s working.

Plastics billboards in Brussels and delivering petition signatures

Last year: Our billboard campaign in Brussels, and delivering petition signatures with our partners to Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission

Please will you chip in to help us play the long game on other important environmental issues? The future of our wildlife is at stake:

Yes, I’ll donate €8 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €15 a month
Yes, I’ll donate €30 a month
I’ll surprise you!

Thanks to our community and our partners [3], our politicians heard our calls with emails, petition signatures, billboards, through the media, and in-person outside their offices. Now we can look forward to strong European laws that make plastic polluters pay!

Thanks for turning the tide,
Mika (Bordeaux), Giulio (Rome), Virginia (Madrid), and the rest of us at WeMove.EU

 

PS: Regular donors sustain our movement and give our community the independence and flexibility to put our resources where they matter most. Please chip in a small regular donation to help us get all the way there, so we can continue moving Europe together.

 

References:
[1] The Parliament has been negotiating with the EU Council in what is known as “trilogues,” because all three EU institutions take part and negotiate for the final law to be voted on by the Parliament. The final trilogue was on 18 December.
[2] https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/10/31/eu-acts-to-restrict-plastic-pollution-council-agrees-its-stance/#
[3] Including #Aufstehn, GLOBAL2000 (Friends of the Earth - Austria), SumOfUs, and countless others

 

What a year!

Hi 

Together, we’re moving closer to a better Europe committed to social and environmental justice!

WeMove Rewind 2018 - 3 wins!
See 3 of the victories we achieved this year because of you!

Because of your involvement, this year:

  • The EU will ban some of the worst single-use plastics.
  • Zara and H&M promised to stop sourcing dirty viscose - a common textile in the clothes we wear often produced–from factories in Asia that dumped toxic chemicals into rivers and streams, produced when making viscose.
  • The European Parliament voted to increase transparency in our food system. Studies on risks from chemicals in our food will no longer be kept secret, once the other EU institutions agree.

All this was thanks to you! Your signatures to our petitions, your mailings to your MEPs, your social media messages to put pressure on big corporations and your donations all helped us to achieve our wins in 2018!

Thanks for all you do,
Mika (Bordeaux), Giulio (Rome), Virginia (Madrid), and the rest of us at WeMove.EU


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