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April 1st: Fossil Fools Day

Posted by ccjn on January 12, 2010

There already has been a little discussion about 2010 Fossil Fools Day actions.  It looks like a Fossil Fools call-out will be posted here in the future.  In the meantime, you can read about the 2009 Fossil Fools Day actions on this page.  And here is last year’s day of action call-out –

On April 1st 2009, 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 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

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