As of this writing, Mar-a-lago has been shut down because of Hurricane Irma. Mar-a-lago is one of Donald Trump’s golf course properties where he has reportedly spent almost 1 month out of his 7 ½ month presidency (at huge expense to US taxpayers of course). Oh the irony! The man who once called climate change a Chinese hoax and who withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement – as we reported in our June 2017 newsletter – last year applied for a permit to build a sea wall to protect his property in Ireland.Photo : climate centralReason mentioned for the permit: global warming and rising sea levels.2016 was the hottest year on record, breaking all kinds of records. 2017 has not been kind either. There has been a heat wave and drought in southern Europe. In Siberia the permafrost is melting, challenging its very name: ‘perma’frost. Nothing is permanent anymore. This is the new normal. There is no normal.This year, after fatal landslides in Sierra Leone, South Asia has been devastated bymonsoon floods, which have killed more than 1200 people in India, Nepal andBangladesh. This is 3 times the amount of Rohingya Muslims killed in the tragic ethnic massacre going on in Myanmar right now. All these meaningless deaths are a travesty, every life snuffed out, every person displaced is a tragedy. JA sends its solidarity across the oceans and mourns every life lost.These deaths have been politicized by being depoliticized. In the US, newscasters report on extreme weather events without mentioning climate change, because they don’t want to ‘politicize’ the issue. But the hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the flooding in SouthAsia, the continued drought in the Horn of Africa, are all highly political. ‘Don’t say we didn’t tell you this’, say climate scientists. Why is this a continued surprise? These impacts have been predicted by scientists for decades. Ignoring the causes of these disasters should, therefore, be a continued criminal act. “It leaves the public with the false impression that these are disasters without root causes, which also means that nothing could have been done to prevent them (and that nothing can be done now to prevent them from getting much worse in the future)”, says Naomi Klein in The Intercept.Scientists have known about these impacts for decades. So has Exxon. Just last month, researchers released a report which confirms that dirty energy corporation Exxon has known about climate impacts but lied about it for about 40 years.Meanwhile the fight against dirty energy is ongoing. Ireland’s movements got thegovernment to completely ban fracking in July. South Korea’s government says they will give no more licences to coal power plants. August marks one year of victory since Australian movements made the Victoria state government ban fracking. Sri Lanka’s new energy plan has also ruled out coal. After campaigners sued to stop Indonesia’s Cirebon coal fired power plant, the courts struck down the environmental permit of the power plant. Friends of the Earth Togo just launched a campaign against off-shore oil exploitation. JA’s staff has visited the fishing communities in Togo which would be affected by the oil extraction.JA is also actively working to stop the climate crisis here at home. We know our country does not have historical responsibility for the climate crisis, but climate science shows we all have to stop emitting greenhouse gases. We must contribute to the solution, not the problem. Dirty energy is damaging lives and livelihoods, polluting the air, the water, the land and the people. It is breeding militarization and corruption and doesn’t bring true benefits for the people, certainly not for those affected by it. We have been challenging the coal mining in Tete province for over a decade. Last year we released a report about the economics of coal in Mozambique, which concluded that the number of people who had lost their farmland due to mining was almost three times more than the number of people employed by the mining industry, and that in 2015 coal mining accounted for only 1% of the government’s revenue. We have been challenging the proposed Mphanda Nkuwa mega-dam for 17 years, a dam which will devastate the river valley, the delta and its entire people. Now, another dirty energy menace has reared its head in our country: a big gas field has been discovered in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.We predicted years ago that the gas rush would lead to devastation for local people,environment and climate. It come back to bite us.The only thing that will stop the climate crisis, here in Mozambique and across the world, is the power of the people.A luta continua.