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Energy Watch Group Newsletter – May 2019

EU Elections | Climate Activism on the Move | Big Oil’s Lasting influence 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The month of May was marked by hardly surprising yet very alarming revelations about the current state of our Earth and our (non-)actions to finally get it into a better shape. 1 million of the planet’s species are at risk of extinction due to human activities such as fishing, agriculture and of course, climate change, a damning UN report warns. The highest CO2 concentration in the atmosphere in human history was recorded this month at the world’s oldest measuring station in Hawaii. 29 states have already experienced their national Earth Overshoot Days, indicating the day on which they have used their share of resources for the whole year. Every year of the last decade, more people fled from natural disasters than from violence and conflict, a new UN report calculated. The oil industry continues to push its agenda and plans to drill fossils worth $5 trillion.
We agree that these news sound absolutely devastating, but with the global climate movement and the triggered public debates on climate action becoming louder, we also see the first positive indications that the voices of the younger generation are heard. The most recent example that makes us more optimistic: Chancellor Merkel just announced that Germany needs to discuss how to “achieve the target of becoming climate neutral by 2050”, which would be a great step forward as opposed to the initially targeted 80-95%. We need more commitments and with them, more action. Thankfully, the Europeans among us have the opportunity to voice our opinion on climate action in the EU parliament elections this week. Let’s inform ourselves and others. Enjoy reading our May Newsletter!