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Friends of the Earth and REScoop.eu are organising the first ever European-wide convergence of citizens working on Energy Democracy.
For us energy democracy means any project or initiative that contributes to people’s control and ownership of the energy system, this including but not limited to renewable energy cooperatives.
We want to gather people together to share practical skills for how to create energy cooperatives and community energy projects, to share stories of victories and ongoing struggles and to gather stories to grow the movement of people owning and controlling energy.
We think we need a gathering like this because different groups, projects and campaigns working in different ways on energy democracy across Europe exist but they are often not well connected outside of the national context. There are also very different contexts regionally, for example in Eastern Europe energy democracy is in the early stages and there is a lot of resistance from the State and corporations. We are hosted in Spain by Som Energia and Amigos de la Tierra, and the Spanish context will provide an important backdrop to our conversations.
We are particularly interested in bringing together people who are already involved in a community energy project or who are part of a group who want to get involved. The event is also open to activists and campaigners fighting to make our energy system renewable and democratic.
The gathering will consist of a number of workshops and open spaces as well as inputs and debates with people who are already engaged in energy cooperatives and community energy projects. We hope that you will leave the gathering feeling connected to the European movement for energy democracy and with new skills and tools for how to get things moving in your own, local contexts.