The Ecoaction’s team continues its work with foreign media, spreading information about the situation in our country, and calls on the world to take decisive actions to help Ukraine approach so needed victory.
This time, we have collected materials in which our colleagues convincingly justify the ban of russian fossil fuels — coal, gas, oil, and uranium — in favor of the transition to renewable energy sources.
Ecoaction Executive Director Natalia Gozak gave an interview to the US environmental newsroom Inside Climate News. Here is one of her thesis mentioned during the conversation:
“Occupying just one or two nuclear power plants, they [russians] are able to take like one-third of Ukraine’s overall energy supply. From our perspective, it is absolutely clear that this is a chance to review our energy policy. Small, decentralized renewables are sustainable solutions that not only reduce the emissions to help reach climate goals but also ensure more security in terms of war and military risks”.
Read Natalia’s personal story about the changes that the war brought to her life and the life of our organization at the following link: https://cutt.ly/ZDJGIqT
Kostiantyn Krynytskyi, Head of the Energy Department of NGO Ecoaction had a conversation with Global Citizen — an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty.
“Since the war began, russia has seized Ukrainian nuclear power plants and we are now on the edges of our seats. What will happen? It’s really nuclear terrorism, the seizure of nuclear power plants during a war. The US did a good thing when they banned imports of Russian coal, but 16% of imports for uranium come from Russia”, said Kostiantyn.
About the role fossil fuels play in the invasion, the urgent need to move beyond fossil fuels, and how the Ecoaction team is working amid the war read here: https://cutt.ly/TDJ5rG3
Olha Boiko, an Ecoaction networking expert, took part in the video conference of the Ukraine in Flames project, which is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Ukrainian Catholic University’s analytical center, and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. Here is a part of her speech:
“The priority for all Ukrainians is to stop the war as fast as possible. We are very much focused on short-term decisions that might have an effect in days or weeks. Because this time is decisive for our lives. However, the countries that live peacefully right now are understandably focused on long-term solutions. And they are looking into the ways how the ban on russian fuels will affect their economy.
We know that US and EU are already looking for ways to start importing fossil fuels from elsewhere, just interchanging russian fossil fuels with fuels from other countries. Which should not be done. It is obvious, that the transition to renewable energy will not happen in a day. But these countries should not lose the moment to solve multiple challenges they face: to defund the war, become energy independent, lower toxic emissions, and help slow the climate crisis. War in Ukraine showed, that the world should break up toxic relations with russian fossil fuels”.
See Olga’s full speech at the link: https://cutt.ly/RDKr7mB