The oldest organization associating the cooperatives is the International Cooperative Alliance. Established in 1895, today cooperative members represent at least 12% of humanity. As businesses driven by values and not by the remuneration of capital, the 3 million cooperatives on earth. Their main slogan is „act together to build a better world“.


There are many social initiatives that create a knowledge base about and for cooperatives. One of them Cultivate.Coop is being developed, implemented, and managed by The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), an emerging worker cooperative in the USA. It is an online and interactive hub for developing knowledge of cooperatives and skills in cooperation. From info how to set up a co-op step by step to how to holding effective meetings, or consensus decision making.

But you will not find information about RES coops there.

What is the RES coop?

The energy transition will require a considerable investment that will be paid for by citizens: as consumers, as tax payers or as money savers. That why in Europe are a new movement of energy source cooperatives – RES coops. is the Federation of the Renewable Energy Source cooperatives in Europe set up in 2013 as a Belgium. You can find there the definitions and REScoop models, a list of their members or practise tools for those, who want to start a RES coop.

REScoop The energy transition to energy democracy

what is the potential?

On 26 September there was published a report „The potential of energy citizens in the European Union“ made by Maarten Afman, Jaco Blommerde, Bettina Kampman from CE Delft. The study was commissioned by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) and REScoop.


CECOP- CICOPA Europe is the sectoral organisation of Cooperatives Europe, the European organisation grouping cooperatives from all sectors, for industry and services and the regional organisation of CICOPA for Europe, which is the sectoral organisation for industry and services of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

CECOP – CICOPA Europe is the European confederation of industrial and service cooperatives. Founded in 1979 in Manchester, it affiliates 26 members in 15 European countries including organizations promoting cooperatives and national confederations or federations of cooperatives representing 50,000 enterprises employing 1.3 million workers.

Community Energy England

Community Energy Ingland refers to the delivery of community led renewable energy, energy demand reduction and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners.

By placing democratic control, shared benefits and active participation at the centre of project delivery, community energy can create a foundation for the significant infrastructural and cultural change we need to reduce the impact of climate change and increase our energy security.

Where successful, community energy has the potential to draw people in, not just as consumers but also as active participants, or partners, in a process of change. Partners because people share in the benefits, have some say in how things happen, are actively involved and feel a connection with the outcomes.

Climate issue

The Special Report on 1.5°C of the IPCC AR6 has been prepared in accordance with the principles and procedures established by the IPCC and represents the combined efforts of leading experts in the field of climate change. A scoping meeting for the SR1.5°C was held in Geneva, Switzerland, in August 2016, and the final outline was approved by the Panel at its 44th Session in October 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Governments and IPCC observer organizations nominated 541 experts for the author team. The team of 74 Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors plus 17 Review Editors were selected by the Working Group I, II and III Bureaux. In addition, 133 Contributing Authors were invited by chapter teams to provide technical information in the form of text, graphs or data for assessment. Report drafts prepared by the authors were subject to two rounds of formal review and revision followed by a final round of government comments on the Summary for Policymakers. The enthusiastic participation of the scientific community and governments to the review process resulted in 42,001 written review comments submitted by 796 individual expert reviewers and 65 governments.

GISS Surface Temperature Analysis - NASA

NASA’s website dedicated to the study of temperature changes on Earth is very interesting, but a little bit complicated.

You’ll find links to graphs, global maps, station data, zonal means: series of seasonal cycle and animations. You can select an interesting time range and generate a map that interests you.


Many reports on the health impact of fossil fuel combustion can be found at Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)