This May-June 2018, a series of events to connect, strengthen and amplify the resistance against gas will take place in Europe.

From the streets of Barcelona to the olive groves of Italy, join us for public events, workshops and activities.

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The Speakers

The spokesperson of the Consejo Regional de Pueblos Originarios in Defensa del Territorio de Puebla y Hidalgo, an organisation representing the indigenous communities of Totonacos, Nahuas and Otomíes resisting the Tuxpan-Tula gas pipeline in Mexico.

Members of the Plataforma Reposta al MidCat, a local group based in Girona spearheading the resistance against the MidCat/STEP gas pipeline crossing Spain to France.

Members of the Collectif contre le Gazoduc Transfrontalier local group also resisting the MidCat/STEP gas pipeline, based in Perpignan.

Members of the Movement NoTAP, the community fighting the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP) in southern Italy.

A Mexican journalist part of the editorial team of Expreso-La Razón and Aristegui Noticias who researches corruption and human right issues in northeast México

The Route

The Dates Coming Up


Perpignan, France

25th May

Public event with an indigenous speaker from Mexico resisting the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline, local speakers resisting the MidCAT/STEP pipeline and decision-makers. The event will look at the connections between the gas resistance in Mexico, Catalonia and France. More details here. 

26th May

In-depth workshop on how to strengthen mobilisation for your campaign and the creative use of non-violent direct action. More details here. 


Girona city, Catalonia

26th May

Public event with an indigenous speaker from Mexico resisting the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline, local speakers resisting the MidCAT/STEP pipeline and decision-makers. The event will look at the connections between the gas resistance in Mexico, Catalonia and France. More details here. 

27th May

Walk along the planned route of the MidCat/STEP pipeline in the region of Girona with the local resistance.


Geneva, Switzerland

29th May

Public event with an indigenous speaker from Mexico resisting the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline and a mexican journalist researching fracking. The event will look at the connections between the gas resistance in Mexico and Europe. More details here. 

30th May

Workshop about the resistance against gas in Europe and the banks and companies based in Switzerland that are fueling the construction of gas pipelines in Europe. The workshop will be followed by an information event about Code Rood, the dutch climate camp. More details here. 

30th May

Evening Artistic event and time of sharing co-organized with the latino american community. More details here. 

31st May

Closed meeting between an indigenous speaker from Mexico resisting the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline and the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights and Indigenous Rights.


Borgagne, Italy

2nd June

Workshop about the resistance against gas in Europe and the banks and companies based in Italy that are fueling the construction of gas pipelines in Europe.


Lecce, Italy

3rd June

Public event with an indigenous speaker from Mexico resisting the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline and local speakers resisting the TAP pipeline. The event will look at the connections between the gas resistance in Mexico and Italy.


Past Events

Cologne, Germany – 4th May

Workshop about the resistance against gas in Europe and how the anti-coal movement in Germany and anti-gas movements can support each other. The workshop will be followed by an information event about Code Rood, the Dutch climate camp. More details here.

Ghent, Belgium – 5th May

Workshop about the resistance against gas in Europe and the banks and companies based in Belgium that are fueling the construction of gas pipelines in Europe.

The workshop will be followed by an information event about Code Rood, the Dutch climate camp. More details here.

London, UK – 17th May

Public event with activists from the frontlines of BP extraction in Argentina and Columbia. The event will look to connect the anti-fracking resistance between UK, Argentina and Colombia and challenge imperialist fossil fuel extraction. We will share the stories of resistance to fossil fuel giants and discuss how to offer practical solidarity. More details here.

Manchester, UK – 19th May 

Public event with activists from the frontlines of BP extraction in Argentina and Columbia. The event will look to connect the anti-fracking resistance between UK, Argentina and Colombia and challenge imperialist fossil fuel extraction. We will share the stories of resistance to fossil fuel giants and discuss how to offer practical solidarity. More details here.

Barcelona, Catalonia – 24th May

Public event with an indigenous speaker from Mexico resisting the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline, an investigator from the Observatorio Petrolero del Sur and a Mexican journalist researching human rights issues in Mexico. The event will look at mega-projects in Mexico and link them to the resistance in Catalonia and the existing solutions. More details here.

Our message

We refuse the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure projects because we refuse to be locked into decades of fossil fuel use.

Communities are standing up against imposed gas pipelines in Europe, Latin America, Africa, North America. They are protecting their land, their agriculture, their livelihoods, and their right to decide where public money goes. They are fighting against corruption, against unnecessary projects and against climate impacts.

We all have a role to play in this resistance – even if we live hundreds of miles away from infrastructure projects. The companies building and the banks funding these new fossil fuel infrastructure projects are located in many cities in Europe and the North America. We can build pressure against them to cut the funding going towards these new projects and to remove the social license of the companies behind them.

Find out more about the banks and companies behind European fossil fuel projects and how to get involved.

The Resistance

Our collective resistance against new gas pipelines is linked to struggles against extractivism and its neocolonial agenda, against the corruption of our political representatives, and against land-grabs of communities’ land.

Below you can read more about each of the pipeline struggles we’ll be hearing from during the United Beyond Gas tour.

 Tuxpan-Tula Pipeline

The Tuxpan-Tula pipeline, currently half-built, is one of a dozen new gas pipeline projects in Mexico. It is part of a wider network of pipelines that would bring USA fracked gas to Mexico.

Photo: Oliveria Montès

A 30-year lease for the Tuxpan Tula was awarded to TransCanada, which delegated the construction to Bonatti, an Italian company already known in Mexico for provoking repression and criminalization.

The Tuxpan Tula pipeline has been met with strong resistance, particularly from the traditional communities in the mountainous regions of Hidalgo and Puebla. Despite the threats and manipulations of the authorities, they have already won five legal cases and physically blocked the entrance of the pipeline promoters on their land.

They organise through the Consejo Regional de Pueblos Originarios in Defensa del Territorio de Puebla y Hidalgo, an organisation representing the communities resisting the pipeline.

Why are people resisting?

Photo: Daniela Gar / Consejo Regional de Pueblos Originarios en Defensa del Territorio de Puebla e Hidalgo.

The pipeline would be an ongoing threat to people, water and the environment spanning 263 kilometers (in a region prone to fires and landslides), affecting 459 Aboriginal communities: Nahua, Otomi, Totonac and Tepehuas peoples in the states of Hidalgo and Puebla. Of these, only 15 were considered entitled to be consulted on the project. The pipeline would cross their lands, sacred sites and water sources, threaten their cultural integrity, and involve the forced displacement of dozens of families.

Opponents know that this pipeline is only the tip of the iceberg, because its route corresponds to other mega-projects linked to fracking gas and mining. The indigenous peoples of this region know that they have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

MidCat/STEP Pipeline

The MidCat is a projected gas pipeline that would link the Spanish and the French gas systems through the regions of Catalonia and Midi Pyrénées. A part of the pipeline was built in 2011, but the project was then set in stand-by. The construction of the first part of the Midcat pipeline was highly controversial due to severe environmental and social impacts in the areas involved. Spanish company Enagas and French company Téréna (formerly TIGF) are the project promoters behind the pipeline.

MidCAT by Plataforma Reposta al MidCAT

The resistance against the pipeline is rooted in Girona, Catalonia, where Plataforma Repostada al MidCat, a platform representing 70 organisations, was created to stop the construction of the pipeline. From there, local groups in Barcelona have been supporting their fight and were joined by the Collectif contre le Gazoduc Transfrontalier in France, Perpignan. This transborder resistance has been engaging with local decision-makers and creative actions against the pipeline.

Why are people resisting?

The pipeline would affect the land, the livelihoods and the environment of this stunning region, that will already be particularly affected by climate change.

Local people know they will not benefit from the project and that there is no need for extra gas capacity. Gas projects in Spain, such as the Castor project, are rooted in corruption and unrelated to the energy needs of the population.

Building a new pipeline would encourage more gas extraction in other countries, such as Algeria where fracking is being forwarded by french companies and impacting local communities. As the region successfully fought fracking, they know its impacts and fight against it everywhere.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline is part of the “Southern Gas Corridor”, a chain of proposed mega-pipelines that would pump billions of cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan to Europe every year. The TAP pipeline specifically connects Turkey to Italy, crossing Greece and Albania. The construction is currently ongoing with important military and police presence.

The resistance against the pipeline lead by the Commitado NoTAP is strong and diverse. In Italy, local mothers, teachers, health workers, grandparents and olive farmers have been leading a peaceful and determined resistance to protect their land and their community from TAP, despite facing a violent response by the police and individual fines of up to €10,000.

Why are people resisting?

The area where the pipeline is due to be built is home to local olive farms, aquifers, pristine forest and stunning coastline. By impacting the local environment, it is also going to affect the livelihoods of agriculture and tourism that are central along the pipeline.

The local community would not benefit from this pipeline, as the gas supply network in Italy is already fully secure. The italian mayors of the affected region have all publically stood against the project, but it is still being imposed on them.

Beyond the affected area, groups in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium are also resisting the TAP pipeline by targeting the companies and banks supporting it. They are standing up against a project at odds with Europe’s climate goals, and that supports the Azeri regime’s human right abuses.

Get involved!

Join the stops of the United Beyond Gas tour

Everyone is welcome to join the stops of the tour, meet the people resisting the gas pipelines and get involved in the resistance.

Spread the message

Follow the tour on social media using the hashtag #UnitedBeyondGas and spread the message. Raising awareness about the resistance, the companies and banks behind the pipelines is a key way to show that we, the general public, are not supporting these new projects. It puts pressure on political decision-makers to withdraw their support and on banks to withdraw funding.

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Save the dates:

Code Rood

This 24- 31 August 2018, a climate camp will be held in Groningen, the Netherlands, to support local communities affected by gas extraction. Code Rood is calling out to international groups to join the camp and stand up with the local community.

Global Gasdown

On Saturday the 13th October, a call for a day of action against fracking and gas has been made globally. Join the day by organising your own action or joining an existing one.

Join a local group resisting or start your own

Many groups in Europe are resisting new gas and coal infrastructure or supporting the resistance by targeting their local banks and companies behind such projects.

Find out more about them below :

Code Rood in the Netherlands
Fossilgasfallan in Sweden
Krk LNG terminal in Croatia
Ausgeco2hlt in Germany
Reclaim The Power and Frack Free groups in the United Kingdom
Not Here Not Anywhere in Ireland
System Change Not Climate Change in Austria
Break Free in Switzerland
Fossil Free networks in Germany, Belgium, and many other countries.
LimityJsmeMy in Czech Republic
The Gastivists Collective

This is an incomplete list, surrounded by many more local groups, organisations and global networks.