When trillions of dollars of public money and the safety of our futures are on the line, people are going to stand up and be heard.
Through a wave of action and protests, communities from South Africa to the Philippines sent G20 finance ministers and Central Bank governors a clear message as they met on July 18 to discuss economic stimulus in response to coronavirus.
Instead of the same old bailouts for fossil fuel companies, polluting industries, and corporate executives, we need a truly Just Recovery that aims to make a dignified, liveable future accessible for all.
Here are some of those powerful moments from around the globe:
Even while the region grapples with some of its worst floods in recent memory, activists across the country wore Just Recovery masks and staged powerful actions at sites threatened by fossil fuel development and sea-level rise.
Photo: Noor Alam, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan pic.twitter.com/Crn81Fx7p2
— 350 South Asia (@350SouthAsia) July 18, 2020
In England, Germany, and Belgium people executed targeted actions just outside of some of Europe’s most influential economic institutions, demanding they do better.
— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) July 18, 2020
Jumpsuit-clad Ende Gelände activists even blocked the entrance to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, while in London people woke at dawn to project a beautiful video-warning on the walls of the Treasury and the Bank of England.
HUGE amounts of money are flowing from the European Central Bank to some of the dirtiest fossil fuel companies in the world .
— 350.org Deutschland (@350Deutschland) July 16, 2020
As world leaders gather for #G20 to discuss Covid-19, together we demand they spend public money on building back better for people, not profit
— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) July 17, 2020
Multiple banner-drops took place in cities across South Africa demanding care for vulnerable populations, low-carbon work, and an end to fossil fuel finance.
Climate activists from 350 Pilipinas wielded pixelsticks and fairy lights in Manila, Philippines to call on the #G20 leaders to prioritize #JustRecovery – demanding justice and a dignified, liveable future for all. pic.twitter.com/UUVS0luYeP
— 350 East Asia (@350EastAsia) July 17, 2020
And these are just some of the many actions taken both online and offline. It’s only the beginning, and the movement demanding a Just Recovery is getting stronger by the day. You can get involved with local groups pushing for a just and climate-safe future. Find the campaign from your part of the world here.