#Divest From #coal @ENGIEgroup (former GDF Suez)

Join Earthlife Africa, with support from Les Amis de la Terre, Friends of the Earth International, groundWork, and 350africa.org this Friday, 15th May in a twitterstorm in calling on the French company Engie (former GDF Suez) and the French government to divest from coal, starting with a proposed 1200MW coal plant in South Africa.

The twitterstorm will coincide with a 1000-strong march in Johannesburg, South Africa, organised by Earthlife Africa, to the French Consulate and a picket at the Engie headquarters kicking off at 8am GMT. Young Friends of the Earth will be holding a demo in Paris in solidarity.

Please show your support by jamming the twitter waves using these suggested tweets:

End dirty coal in South Africa #DivestFrance #Engieout #EndCoal
The road to COP21 is filled with smoke #Divestfrance #StopThabametsi
South Africans will choke on French pollution #StopThabametsi #DivestFrance
Paris COP is stained by coal #DirtyCOP21 #FranceDivest
Engie is a Pollution CEO not a climate CEO #Engieout #StopThabametsi
Save our eco-sensitive Waterberg #StopThabametsi #Engieout
South Africa does not want France’s dirty investments #DivestFrance #EndCoal #DirtyCOP21
COP President exports climate bomb to South Africa #StopThabametsi #DivestFrance #DirtyCOP21
South Africans for a clean #COP21 #DivestFrance #StopThabametsi

Also feel free to add some graphics/memes that we developed to your tweets and to personalise your message.

Genie meme, Engie meme1, Engie meme2
Gerard Mestrallet meme1, Gerard Mestrallet meme2, Gerard Mestrallet meme3, Gerard Mestrallet meme4

Some quick facts:

– Engie, together with Exarro, is investing in a 1200MW coal plant in South Africa
– The proposed coal plant, Thabametsi, will be built in the ecologically sensitive Waterberg area in the north of South Africa
– The 4800MW Medupi plant is already being built in the Waterberg region
– South Africa is the 13th worst carbon polluter in the world, and new coal plants will blow its carbon budget
– Industry uses a majority of South Africa’s energy, amounting to almost 75% with residents consuming only around 13% of energy
– Energy access in SA for the poor, also particularly around coal plants is very low
– Engie is part-owned (33% stake) by the French government
– Sixteen percent of Engie’s investments are in coal
– Engie is planning other coal plants in Turkey, Peru, Morocco, and Mongolia
– Engie also have developed technology and has investments in renewable energy and is therefore in a position to divest from coal
– The French government is hosting the international climate negotiations, COP21, at the end of this year
– The French government is vulnerable to pressure on investing in dirty energy given its leadership role as host of the climate negotiations

Thanks for all your support!

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg:

Trusha Reddy
International Coal Network Coordinator
Ph: +27 11 339 366
Fax: +27 11 339 3270
Email: trusha[at]earthlife.org.za

Dominique Doyle
Energy Policy Officer
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 79 331 2028
Email: dominique@earthlife.org.za

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