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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 aid for privatisation

In Nigeria, where only half have access to electricity, the UK government is spending £100 million of its aid budget supporting the privatisation of its electricity system

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

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Not just transition? Coal and a Colombian miners union

Last week, along with colleagues at London Mining Network, global union IndustriALL, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Justice for Colombia and War on Want, we hosted Jairo Quiroz and Igor Diaz, members of Sintracarbon, the union that organises workers at the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia.

Energy Democracy Now

The World Social Forum brings together social movements and grassroots organisations from all over the world. It’s a melting pot of ideas and energy, creating opportunities for people working on social and environmental justice issues to meet and organise together.

Fair COP - How do we avoid another Copenhagen in Paris?

Last week, thousands converged in Tunisia for the World Social Forum to work on the issues that they hold in common. One important discussion was about the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris in December this year.

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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.

The UK government has urged British company GCM Resources to assess how its planned coal mine in Bangladesh would affect the human rights of local people, and has condemned the company for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour.

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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.

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Rays of hope

December 2014

Around the world, communities are fighting fossil fuel corporations, taking control of energy and finding new and more democratic ways of meeting their needs while respecting the limits of the environment. While none of these are perfect and there are still challenges to overcome, they demonstrate that there are real alternatives to corporate control of our energy systems.

'Rays of Hope - Clean and democratically controlled energy for everyone' is part of the Exploring Alternatives pamphlet series.