Fossil Fools Day

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Fossil Fools Day
Date1 April
Next time1 April 2021 (2021-04-01)

Fossil Fools Day is an environmental demonstration day. It occurs on April 1. The name is a play on the term fossil fuels and April Fools' Day.

Fossil Fools Day began in 2004 with coordinated actions across the United States and Canada.[1] Subsequent Fossil Fools Days have been held in many cities around the world, and are generally organized by one or more environmental organizations with funding from Energy Action Coalition and Rising Tide.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] These events oppose energy derived from fossil fuels, promote education about alternative sources of energy, and encourage support for climate justice, strong legislation, corporate responsibility and a clean renewable energy future.

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  1. ^ Kim Teplitzky (October 25, 2004), “Declaring Independence from Dirty Energy.” Wiretap Magazine. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-01-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Energy Action: What we do
  3. ^ Fossil Fools Day 2009, archived at the Internet Archive, July 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Don't be 'fossil fools' on April 1st urge Rising Tide campaigners", Leamington Spa Courier, March 27, 2008, online at Highbeam (subscription required).
  5. ^ Sandy Cullen, "Tires 'Fossil Fools' Targets More than 100 Vehicles in Madison Had Tires Deflated in What Some Call 'Eco-Terrorism'", The Wisconsin State Journal, April 2, 2008, online at Highbeam, (subscription required).
  6. ^ Jay Fletcher, "First Fossil Fools' Day in Australia", Green Left, April 5, 2008.
  7. ^ Beth Daley, "Clean coal? April Fools says Greenpeace", The Green Blog,, April 1, 2009.
  8. ^ James Chapman and Rebecca English, "The Obama show comes to town; First stop the Palace for tea with the Queen", The Daily Mail, April 1, 2009, online at Questia Online Library (subscription required): "Fossil Fool's Day demonstration - environment campaigners wearing white will bring a huge block of ice to the ExCel centre".
  9. ^ Fossil Fools Day, April 1, 2010[permanent dead link], Rising Tide North America (pdf)
  10. ^ Leah Gillen, "Fossil Fools day brings protesters", The Daily Collegian, Pennsylvania State University, April 2, 2010.

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