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We live in an era of energy injustice

The corporate grip over energy keeps 1.3 billion people without access to electricity. And energy privatisation, supported by the UK government in countries like Nigeria, is putting equitable energy access even further out of reach.

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Power to the people

To ensure everyone has access to energy and tackle climate change, we need to take control of energy from big business and finance, and we need to stop UK aid money being used for energy privatisation.

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Stop the Colombian coal mine river diversion

The Cerrejón coal mine has already forcibly relocated 1000s. Now the mine wants to divert one of the area's few rivers to access more coal - one of the main sources of water

Take action against energy privatisation in Nigeria

Ask development minister Grant Shapps to stop wasting UK aid money

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Of islands and ghost towns: Here and no further for Germany's lignite mines

A friend of mine recently told me about her visit to a small village in Germany’s Rhineland, some 50 kilometres from Cologne. It was a beautiful summer’s day and she took a walk enjoying the peace and rural bliss around Holzweiler until a voice shouted, “I wouldn’t go there!” A man walking his dog approached. “It’s a ghost town! There’s only a few souls out there.”

‘It’s a story of corruption, greed and ineptitude’ - UK aid and Nigeria's energy privatisation

Sitting in the Oxford sunshine, Ken Henshaw is telling me how proud he is of the solar panel on his Port Harcourt house. ‘In Nigeria, you are your own government and energy company!’ he jokes, describing the lengths to which he has gone to connect his home to a power source. He also had to buy a pump to access clean water, and runs his own sewage system.

The anti-fracking movement unites in the Basque Country

In recent weeks, the anti-fracking movement has sent shockwaves through the fracking industry by winning several important victories.

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Activists will today unfurl a giant banner at the London headquarters of UK listed mining company BHP Billiton in protest against the company’s plans to build a series of coal mines in some of the last remaining stands of primary rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. A petition will be formally presented to company management at 1pm.

Following years of pressure and protests from campaigners, account holders and impacted community members, Barclays have released a policy position statement on Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in which they state, “Provision of financial support to companies which are significant producers of MTR sourced coal will be agreed by exception only.”

New research released today shows that since 2002, £140 million of UK aid money has been spent by the Department for International Development on projects to support the privatisation of Nigeria’s energy system, with disastrous consequences.

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Think Global Extra August 2015

July 2015

Welcome to the August issue of Think Global Extra, the bimonthly supplement to Think Global. Read it in conjunction with the last full Think Global from July.

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Privatising power: UK aid funds energy privatisation in Nigeria

March 2015

Despite its vast oil wealth, over half of Nigerians lack access to electricity, and the country’s grid power usage per person is among the lowest in the world, meaning that many people rely on candles and kerosene, or expensive diesel generators. Lack of electricity hampers the provision of public services like healthcare and education, and makes it difficult or impossible for businesses to operate efficiently. As a result, Nigeria relies on imports for most of its manufactured goods. So it is clear that change is urgently needed to Nigeria’s energy system.

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10 reasons why energy privatisation fails

January 2015

One in five people globally live without electricity because they are unable to access it and millions more go without because they cannot afford to pay for it. Even in the UK, people are forced to choose between feeding their families and paying their energy bills.