SUMMER OF SOLAR LOVE

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Join the Summer of Solar Love!

In order to advan­ce the decen­tra­li­zed ener­gy tran­si­ti­on and urban solar expan­si­on, the Par­ents for Future have decla­red in June the Sum­mer of Solar Love tog­e­ther with cli­ma­te and rene­wa­ble ener­gy part­ners.

The action weeks will run until the end Sep­tem­ber and inclu­de a seri­es of events and crea­ti­ve out­re­ach acti­vi­ties across Ger­ma­ny, Euro­pe, and beyond.

End Fossil Fuels

Parents Call for a Fossil Fuel Treaty #EndFossilFuels

Par­ents For Future Glo­bal, a diver­se net­work of inter­na­tio­nal cli­ma­te parent groups, has united their voices to end fos­sil fuels and is deman­ding a Fos­sil Fuel Non-Pro­li­fe­ra­ti­on Trea­ty, which is a con­cre­te plan to redu­ce emis­si­ons at a glo­bal level. The win­dow of oppor­tu­ni­ty to pre­vent worst cli­ma­te dis­as­ters is rapidly clo­sing, plea­se sup­port our call to world lea­ders and sign the open letter:

Join the cam­pai­gn and take fur­ther action lea­ding up to theCOP27 cli­ma­te con­fe­rence in the fall! 

Illus­tra­ti­on by @yasemins.akyuz
Illus­tra­ti­on by Les­ley Imgart

Reach for the sun

Become a solar advocate. #ReachForTheSun

As we are grasping for solu­ti­ons to the cau­ses and con­se­quen­ces of the cli­ma­te cri­sis, a solu­ti­on is visi­ble to us all the time, every day.

The Sun has by far the grea­test poten­ti­al of all rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources. If we could harness the solar ener­gy that hits the Earth effi­ci­ent­ly, for just a few minu­tes, we could meet the world’s power deman­ds for a year.  
 
The Litt­le Sun Foun­da­ti­on pro­vi­des sun­ny inspi­ra­ti­on on how you can beco­me a solar advocate. 

We The Power

#WeThePower — The Future of Energy is Community Owned

During the Sum­mer of Solar Love action weeks, local groups are invi­ted to host free com­mu­ni­ty scree­nings of the 40-minu­te docu­men­ta­ry film  We The Power (2021 Moun­tain­film, direc­ted by David Gar­rett Byers).
It tells the sto­ry of com­mu­nities across Euro­pe taking on Big Ener­gy Com­pa­nies and res­to­ring power back to the people.

The film intro­du­ces inspi­ring com­mu­ni­ty ener­gy pioneers and light­house pro­jects, such as EWS Schö­nau in Germany’s Black Forest, Som Ener­gia in Cata­lo­nia and Repowe­ring Lon­don.

 
One mil­li­on Euro­pean citi­zens are alrea­dy invol­ved in today’s gro­wing com­mu­ni­ty-ener­gy move­ment. Tog­e­ther, we can bring the bene­fits of rene­wa­ble ener­gy pro­duc­tion home.
 

The film is avail­ab­le in Eng­lish and other lan­guages (DE, FR, IT, NL). Here you can regis­ter your scree­ning, eit­her as a phy­si­cal or vir­tu­al event.

Illus­tra­ti­on by Bur­cu Köle­li for ArtistsForClimate.org

SolAHRtal

From Ahr Valley to SolAHRValley –
A year after the 2021 flood disaster 

July 14/15 marks the one-year anni­ver­s­a­ry of the Euro­pean floo­ds.

The SolAHR­tal pro­ject sup­ports a sus­tainab­le, cli­ma­te-friend­ly recon­struc­tion in the Ahr Val­ley — with 100% rene­wa­ble ener­gies and the sun as the main source of ener­gy.

“The flood dis­as­ter in the Ahr val­ley with 134 fata­li­ties show­ed us that the con­se­quen­ces of cli­ma­te chan­ge have reached Ger­ma­ny,” says Rai­ner Doemen, who lives in the Ahr­wei­ler district and is a co-foun­der of the Ger­man Round Table Rene­wa­ble Ener­gies.

It is cru­cial that not only flood pro­tec­tion is taken into account in the recon­struc­tion efforts, but that electri­ci­ty, heat and mobi­li­ty are con­ver­ted to rene­wa­ble ener­gies. The Ahr Val­ley can thus beco­me a model regi­on for the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on in rural are­as.

WeThe­Power Pod­cast with Lucie Sieg­le

In this epi­so­de, we tra­vel to the Ahr Val­ley in Ger­ma­ny, whe­re, in sum­mer 2021, view­ers across the world wat­ched in hor­ror as unpre­ce­den­ted flood waters swept through the regi­on.

But what hap­pens after the TV came­ras lea­ve and resi­dents are left to pick up the pie­ces? Do they go on rely­ing on cli­ma­te-des­troy­ing fos­sil fuels that hel­ped to cau­se the dis­as­ter? Or do they dare to dream of some­thing dif­fe­rent? Hear from Julia, San­dra, and Ste­fan as they intro­du­ce their work to turn the Ahr Val­ley into the ‘Sol-Ahr’ valley—ditching dir­ty fos­sil fuels to rebuild a clea­ner future.