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Activists outside the 10 October oil and gas auction in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Gabriel Paiva – Agência o Globo
No deal: A pristine ocean area in Brazil is safe from oil and gas exploration, after the government failed to auction four blocks affecting Abrolhos National Park. Oil executives admitted they did not make any offers because of pressure from environmental activists. Outside the auction itself, protesters demanded an ocean without oil. More
Japan: Typhoon Hagibis devastated central Japan, claiming over 75 lives as levees broke and floodwaters rose. The damage reveals that existing infrastructure is not enough to protect people in this era of more intense storms fuelled by climate crisis. More
Bank Junction in London. Photo: XR Tower Hamlets
Rebel: The International Rebellion has struck cities across the globe with an array of disruptive actions. In London, the 20,000-strong Extinction March was organized as a funeral procession to mourn ongoing ecocide, while hundreds in Prague blocked afternoon traffic. Read more about the Rebellion day by day, city by city.
EIB stalls: On Tuesday, the European Investment Bank postponed its decision on whether to end fossil fuel finance, after last-minute lobbying from the gas industry. Its draft policy would have, if approved, ended funding of fossil fuel projects by 2020. Activists have been fiercely campaigning for months – expect them to keep pressure up until the new vote in November. More
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The Inside Story
In a huge win, the Swedish government decided last week to deny the EU-backed Gothenburg gas terminal its final permit on climate grounds. Read this inspiring letter from Fossilgasfällan, the local group that made it happen with years of resistance and a hundreds-strong blockade in September.
Do you want to start your own local group to fight the fossil fuel age? There are plenty of resources to help you get started.
On this 10-minute episode of The Indicator, Bill McKibben talks about the beginnings of the divestment movement and why it’s necessary to ‘follow the money’ to end fossil fuel finance. Listen
The One to Watch
‘Canto al Agua’ was composed by Catalina Torres, a Colombian musician and organizer, for the Climate Strikes in Colombia. She brought 60 people together to sing it in chorus and is encouraging youth to keep using art and creativity to fight climate breakdown.
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