Governments have been handing money to the companies that least need it – oil and gas companies – while cutting social services and education for citizens. This inequity has to stop.
Organizations and individuals concerned about the environment and global warming are harnessing the power of Twitter to tell their governments to put an end to fossil fuel subsidies. The 24-hour Twitterstorm began at 4 a.m. Eastern (1 a.m. Pacific) this morning and will continue until the same time tomorrow. During this window, everyone with a Twitter account is invited to join in by sending out a public tweet including the hashtag #EndFossilFuelSubsidies. Or you can simply use one of the pre-generated messages on the movement’s website.
Using the Twitterstorm website, you can also aim your tweets directly at world leaders, including Stephen Harper and Barack Obama, or ask celebrities to rally their followers to join the movement. If you’d like to get even more involved, there are images you can use for your Twitter profile picture, and widgets and graphics you can use on your website to help spread the word.
So far, celebrities like Stephen Fry, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Redford have already joined in the push, and the #endfossilfuelsubsidies hashtag has become one of the most talked about things on Twitter, at one point trending second for all topics.