Sep 20 Media Advisory
Over 150 Countries Join “Moving Planet” Day to Push for Clean Energy Solutions
Hundreds of thousands prepare for the world’s largest “day without fossil fuels”
INTERNATIONAL -- Is it possible for the world to move beyond fossil fuels? On September 24, more than 150 countries are expected to take part in a global day events called “Moving Planet” dedicated to the goal of solving the climate crisis by ending the world’s dependence on fossil-fuel energy.
From Pacific islands to European capitols, hundreds of thousands will join creative rallies to show that people around the world are ready for clean energy and climate solutions.
“The planet has been stuck for too long with governments doing nothing about the biggest problem we've ever faced,” said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, the international climate campaign that is coordinating the demonstrations. “This is the day when people will get the earth moving, rolling towards the solutions we need.”
“Moving Planet” events will include:
- In the Dominican Republic, students will paint the country’s first bike lane in Santo Domingo.
- In Brazil, thousands of cyclists will take to the streets of São Paulo to call for sustainable transportation solutions.
- In India, thousands of people gathered in Andhra Pradesh for a public meeting on the impact of coal pollution in the region.
- In Indonesia, cyclists will bike 350 hours from Bali to Bandung for a clean energy rally. In Italy, hundreds of cyclists will take to the busy streets of Milan to draw attention to local pollution and traffic congestion.
- In Ukraine, hundreds are expected to join a “flash-dance” in Kiev’s main square.
- In Egypt, hundreds of people will parade in blue clothing to create a human Nile river, drawing attention to the importance of protecting precious water resources.
- In South Africa, thousands will join a parade in Cape Town to call on the South African government to support bold climate action at this November’s UN Climate Talks in Durban.
Photos and videos of the events will be projected at a rally outside UN Headquarters in New York City, where world leaders will be gathered for the UN General Assembly.
“Moving Planet” is meant to show politicians that in every country on Earth, people are demanding an end to the fossil-fuel economy and an immediate transition to clean energy solutions.