It was only two years ago when, during the Paris Climate Conference, we displayed our first giant Sun in Paris to demand that our world leaders tackle climate change by replacing dirty fossil fuels with clean renewable energy.

COP21: Arc de Triomphe Sun Action in Paris © Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.

With world leaders finally agreeing on historic steps to protect the climate, the sun became a symbol of those promises and the symbol of our battle for a healthy, renewable future.

Last June, we marked the beginning of Summer with a sun in Barcelona to remind our leaders of their Paris promises. Another Sun also rose in Croatia to make sure the world remembered the potential of solar energy.

Sun Action in Barcelona © Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace

On occasion of summer solstice twenty Greenpeace activists have painted a gigantic 50-meter-wide sun in Barcelona’s Francesc Maciá square, in the heart of the city, to support renewable energies and demand access to clean energy for all citizens.

Last week, peaceful activists turned iconic public spaces in Europe into giants suns. They appeared in Hungary and Romania, from Bulgaria to Slovenia, and all the way to Brussels.

Sunrise Action in Budapest, Hungary © Attila Pethe / Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists display a huge sun with the text #RiseUp under the Liberty Statue in Budapest and create a spectacular view from above to remind European leaders of their commitment to the Paris Agreement to promote renewable energy and tackle climate change.

This week, 65 activists from five countries unfolded a giant banner just outside the headquarters of the European Commission  in Brussels. It said, “Go solar!”. This was the latest sun to shine in Europe and call upon EU leaders to throw their weight behind renewable energy and to abandon dirty fuels, like coal.

Our leaders in the EU are currently deciding the future of our energy system by reviewing a wide range of legislation on renewable energy policy, fossil fuel subsidies and the design of the electricity market.

Sunrise Action in Pernik, Bulgaria © Greenpeace / Stratospheric Productions

More than 20 activists from 5 different countries painted a giant sun in Pernik, one of the two major Bulgarian coal regions, to send an important message: Make renewable energy available for all European citizens.

This means they could decide to stick to the old, dangerous and outdated energy system by pouring billions of euros of our money into dirty fossil fuels. Or they can invest in clean, sustainable, healthy renewable energy.

With so much renewable energy at our disposal, it is important we remind our leaders to make the right choice and commit to a cleaner future for our planet and our health.

Sunrise Action in the Center of Ljubljana, Slovenia © OneDrone

Greenpeace activists formed a big sun on the Prešernov square in the center of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. We called upon our national and European leaders to act on their climate promises, phase out fossil fuels and support renewable energy sources.

Ordinary people, cooperatives and small businesses are ready to take part in the energy revolution, by producing energy from wind, water and sunlight.

We met some of these people and only few weeks ago we took their message to the members of the European Parliament.

Sunrise Action in Brussels, Belgium © Tim Dirven / Greenpeace

European Union headquarters in Brussels overlook a giant banner calling for citizen-powered renewables in Europe, as activists urge the EU to dump fossil fuels like coal.

But right now, we need your help to really make sure our voices are heard and that Europe becomes the symbol of a new energy era in the fight against climate change.

#RiseUp with us and sign our call to Europe here and don’t forget to share this Facebook video with your friends and family!

Cristiana De Lia is an Engagment Strategist with Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe