Warm This Winter – a campaign for clean, affordable energy
|We are at an historic inflection point for fossil fuels. On one hand, Russia’s war in Ukraine has emboldened the oil and gas industry and its supporters to lobby for increased production and to exploit energy security concerns to accelerate new extraction. On the other hand, the soaring price of gas, which is projected to stay exceptionally high until at least 2025, has driven inflation to new levels across Europe and created an energy crisis in the UK (and beyond), exposing the deep vulnerability associated with the dependency on gas. While the fossil fuel companies are reporting record profits, most people are faced with a huge hike in their cost of living, which has also generated public backlash against the industry in many countries.
The UK-based organization Uplift aims to use this crucial moment to push for a rapid phase-out of oil and gas production and a surge in renewable energy in the UK. Uplift has a ‘networked’ approach to campaigning and is often an invisible partner in campaigns - supporting other organisations to leverage their competence and enable a closely coordinated body of work. Through its campaigns and research, including the campaign Warm This Winter, Uplift aims to create a vocal and diverse coalition of civil society actors (NGOs, grassroots groups, academics and other experts, and well-respected public figures) calling for a transformation of the UK’s energy system, including a swift transition away from oil and gas. This will also include anti-poverty groups, oil and gas workers, trade unions, and communities that are close to the industry, who can constructively engage in conversations with key politicians and industry leaders.