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A (Twitter)Storm is Brewing

18 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

Tags: General Environment

People around the world are calling on their leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies – and here’s how you can take part.

Today, advocacy groups and activists will participate in a worldwide 24-hour Twitterstorm, posting tweets and Facebook posts to demand that world leaders end fossil fuel subsidies at the upcoming Rio+20 summit.

Despite the G20 pledge in 2009 to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, countries continue to give a total of $1 trillion to fossil fuel companies every year – taxpayer money that lines the pockets of the world’s richest industries and promotes U.S. reliance on dirty fuels. This year, governments are expected to spend nearly three times more money subsidizing fossil fuels than they did in 2009.

Tweets with the hashtag #endfossilfuelsubsidies will be beamed onto global landmarks in Sydney, New Delhi, London, Rio and other locations. An offline petition for the campaign has already collected over a million signatures, and a Facebook event for the storm has drawn over 2,600 attendees.

Do your part to end fossil fuel handouts and fight for a clean, sustainable world economy. Add your voice to the chorus now.

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