Asian governments, public financial institutions and private companies are aggressively pursuing the expansion of Fossil Gas in the region. This is a similar trend in other parts of the Global South.

The gas expansion is Asia is purportedly aimed at addressing energy poverty and the energy crisis in the region. Gas is not a solution. Neither should it be part of the response to the climate crisis, it is not a transition fuel.  The solution lies in the rapid, just and equitable transition to 100% renewable energy.

The Don’t Gas Asia Campaign is meant to serve as a common vehicle for organizations and movements who want to work together to scale up & intensify the fight vs Fossil Gas in Asia. 

The Don’t Gas Asia Campaign aims to contribute to the rapid, equitable and just transition out of fossil fuels towards 100% renewable energy systems that serve the people.


Asia-wide actions on May 4, 2023 marked the launch of the Don’t Gas Asia Campaign

Climate campaigners held actions in 13 cities across Asia to protest against the intensifying gas buildout in the region and to increase pressure on governments to accelerate the shift toward clean, renewable energy.

Key protest actions were held in Tokyo, Incheon, Mandaluyong, Jakarta, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Dhaka, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Lahore, Karachi and Colombo as part of the Asia-wide mobilizations for the Don’t Gas Asia campaign.

The rallies were timed to coincide with the 56th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors, which took place from 2-5 May in Incheon, South Korea.

Participating groups and organizations that have signified intent to join the campaign:

  • Asian Energy Network (AEN)
  • Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)
  • Friends of the Earth Asia-Pacific
  • People of Asia for Climate Solutions (PACS)
  • South Asia Food Sovereignty and Climate Justice Alliance (SAFSACA)
  • South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)
  • Asia
  • 350 Pilipinas
  • Aniban ng Mangagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA)
  • Atimonan Power for People
  • Break- free Pilipinas, Break – free from Fossil Gas – Philippine Campaign
  • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP-Workers Solidarity)
  • Camarines Norte Movement for Climate Justice
  • Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz , Zambales
  • Gitib, Inc.
  • Koalisyon Isalbar ti Pintas ti La Union (Coalition to Save the Beauty of La Union)
  • Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita ng Lungsod (KPML)
  • Limpyong Hanging para sa Kaugmanon sa Tanan (Clean Air for ALL) -Toledo, Cebu
  • Oriang Women’s Movement
  • Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
  • Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)
  • Piglas- Batangas
  • PMCJ- Cebu
  • PMCJ- Davao
  • PMCJ-Eastern Visayas
  • PMCJ- Western Mindanao
  • Quezon for Environment (QUEEN)
  • Tagapagtanggol ng Kalikasan sa Pagbilao (TKP)
  • S.A.V.E Luna
  • Youth for Climate Justice –Mindanao
  • Youth for Climate Justice –Tacloban
  • ZALIKA ( Zambales Lingap Kalikasan)
  • Zambales Movement for Climate Justice
  • Akuwat e Kissan
  • Amn Movement
  • Aurat Foundation
  • Balochistan Bazgar Association (Quetta)
  • Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan
  • Crofter Foundation
  • Home Net Pakistan
  • Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
  • Indus Consortium for Humanitarian, Environmental and Development Initiatives
  • Khushali Kissan Pakistan
  • Kissan Kerkeela
  • Labour Education Foundation – LEF
  • Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF)
  • Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee (PKRC)
  • Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED)
  • Progressive Labour Federation
  • Sawera Foundation
  • South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK)
  • Tameer-e-Nou Women Workers Organization
  • The Knowledge Forum
  • Wadat Kissan Pakistan
  • Bangladesh Adivasi Samity
  • Bangladesh Bacolight Shramik Federation
  • Bangladesh Bhasaman Nari Shramik
  • Bangladesh Bhasaman Shramik Union
  • Bangladesh Bhumiheen Samity
  • Bangladesh Chattra Sabha
  • Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)
  • Bangladesh Jatyo Shramik Federation
  • Bangladesh Kishani Sabha
  • Bangladesh Krishok Federation
  • Bangladesh Krishok Sabha
  • Bangladesh Rural Intellectuals’ Front
  • Bangladesh Sangjukto Shramik Federation
  • Bangladesh Shramik Federation
  • Brotee
  • Charbangla Bittoheen Samobay Samity
  • CLEAN – Bangladesh
  • Emarat Nirman Shramik Bangladesh
  • Equity and Justice Working Group [EquityBD- Bangladesh]
  • Ganochhaya Sanskritic Kendra
  • Global Law Thinkers Society (GLTS)
  • Jago, Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Federation
  • Mime Action Club – Bangladesh
  • Motherland Garment Workers’ Federation
  • Progressive Peasants’ Council
  • Ready Made Garment Workers’ Federation
  • Waterkeepers Bangladesh
  • Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE)
  • YouthNet -Bangladesh
  • All India Women’s Hawker Federation
  • Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA)
  • Environics Trust
  • Himalaya Niti Abhiyan
  • Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)
  • Mineral Inheritors Rights Association (MIRA)
  • mines minerals & PEOPLE (mmP)
  • Nadi Ghati Morcha
  • National Hawker Federation (NHF)
  • Project Affected People’s Association (PAPA)
  • All Nepal Peasants Federation (ANPF) 
  • All Nepal Peasants’ Federation (ANPFa)
  • Digo Bikas Institute (DBI)
  • NGO Federation of Nepal
  • Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
  • Aksi Ecologi dan Emansipasi Rakyat (AEER)
  • Trend Asia
  • Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI – Friends of the Earth Indonesia)
  • Karen Environmental And Social Action Network (KESAN)
  • Karen Rivers Watch (KRW)
  • Save the Salween Network (SSN)
  • Green Camel Bell
  • Centre for Environmental Justice (Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka)
  • Friends of the Earth – Japan
  • Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
  • Climate Watch Thailand (CWT)
  • ActionAid Vietnam (AAV)
  • Aid for Social Protection Program Foundation Vietnam (AFV)
  • Friends of the Earth United States
  • Global Energy Monitor (GEM)
  • Global Gas and Oil Network (GGON)
  • LDC Watch
  • Oil Change International (OCI)
  • Recourse

“The message of people and communities is that gas expansion is toxic and unsustainable for Asia. It will not stave off the impacts of climate change in the region, nor secure our energy supplies to develop the region’s economies, despite what fossil fuel financiers and banks that support them, like the ADB, are telling us. It would lock us in fossil fuel emissions for years, slow down the clean energy transition, and lock out any potential of countries to attain energy security and sustainable development.”

Lidy Nacpil
(Coordinator, APMDD)

“The recent floods in Pakistan point to the worst impacts of climate change on the country, yet, in recent times Pakistan has emerged as the 19th largest consumer of fossil gas in the world. As much as we hold successive governments in Pakistan responsible for promoting the use of fossil fuels and neglecting to address climate change, we also hold the countries and corporations of Global North responsible for driving climate change in our region."

Farooq Tariq (General Secretary,
Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee)

"Renewable Energy is the answer to ensuring universal access to clean and safe energy for women, communities and peoples of Asia, as well as addressing the climate crisis."

Wanun Permpibul
(Climate Watch Thailand)

“Fossil fuel companies, for their own survival, have been pushing gas as a transition fuel. Governments are building gas infrastructure to benefit these companies which will soon get stranded. Asia needs to be saved from this catastrophe as there is a concerted effort to even call this green”

Sreedhar Ramamurthi
(Environics Trust)

"Fossil fuels cause adverse environmental and health impacts, are subject to volatile prices, supply disruptions, and geopolitics. Fossil fuels are controlled by rich countries and corporations who are more interested in profits, instead of delivering adequate and safe energy for people's basic needs."

Dwi Sawung
(WALHI Indonesia)

“We need access to clean, adequate and affordable energy for people's basic needs and for building just, resilient, and equitable economies. We must also rapidly transition to renewables to keep global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius and save us from climate catastrophe.”

Ian Rivera (National Coordinator,
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice)

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