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Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action

Grassroots organizations across the US and Canada are taking action from March 16th to March 23rd to demonstrate that TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a toxic investment.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgOver 30 actions and events are planned this week to directly confront the corporate profiteers bankrolling the Keystone XL pipeline and the broader tar sands industry. These actions come at a critical time as investor confidence in Alberta’s tar sands is waning due to major delays and resistance to Keystone XL’s construction timeline.

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TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DELIVER ON HIS CLIMATE PROMISE!

The State Department has just issued a terribly flawed environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that papers over its far-reaching impacts on climate and our environment. Send a message asking President Obama to reject the review, send the State Department back to the drawing board and fulfill his promise to address climate change.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (1)#ForwardOnClimate Rally On Presidents Day

Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it. At Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (2)Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it.

At Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.

Details

When: February 17th, Noon

Where: The National Mall, Washington D.C.

Who: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus

Why: To tell Barack Obama it’s time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

We’re still looking in to where the best location will be, but we’ve confirmed a Noon start time on the 17th. You can find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining the Forward on Climate group at Ridebuzz.org, and you can find or offer personal housing in the D.C. area at a similar CouchSurfing.org group.* If you are bringing a large group, you may also find the Washington Peace Center’s website helpful for finding housing. We will continue to post more details as they become available, including info on renting buses.

Just over a year ago, 15,000 people surrounded the White House — and President Obama listened, delaying the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is our best chance to show the President how strong this movement has become since then — sign up today.

A project of:

The Sierra Club, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus

* The Sierra Club, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus have no affiliation with Ridebuzz or CouchSurfing. Any and all rides or housing are personal arrangements and neither the Club, Hip Hop Caucus, nor 350.org can protect the leader or participants. While making such arrangements, leaders should remind participants that it is not an official activity and that these three organizations do not assume liability for such personal activity.

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Send your message of Hope to the Vancouver Enbridge public hearings

A group of Vancouver multi-media artists are building a 25 foot whale to bring to the Enbridge public hearings to symbolize the expansive and growing community of people with a vision of an oil-free coast in BC.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (3)The sculpture is designed to be a welcoming, collaborative, visual, interactive and peaceful approach to supporting a healthy environment. The whale will amplify our a collective messages of hope and a vision for a healthy ocean, water, land, communities, green economy, cultures and people.

YOUR tweets, photos and videos will be projected onto the whale.

YOUR messages or own ‘sharpie’ artwork will be displayed on the blue drops that will surround the whale.

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Join 350.org in Washington on November 18

We’re coming back to Washington to fight the Keystone XL pipeline. Join us: Sunday, November 18th, 3:00 PM Freedom Plaza, Washington DC We’ll meet at Freedom Plaza following 350.org’s Do the Math event, then march around the White House and rally on the Ellipse.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (4)In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as the warmest year in American history draws to a close, as the disastrous drought lingers on in the Midwest, everyone is looking for ways to make a real difference in the fight to slow climate change. We’d like to ask you to come once more to Washington, to resume the battle to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, mid-afternoon on Nov. 18th.

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Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Canada is NOT for sale

In days, Prime Minister Harper could pass the most secretive and sweeping trade deal of a generation with China.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (5)This deal would pave the way for a massive natural resource buyout and allow foreign corporations to sue the Canadian government in secret tribunals, restricting Canadians from making democratic decisions about our economy, environment and energy.1

Most Canadians have never heard of FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement, because Prime Minister Harper is trying to sneak it through without a single vote or debate in Parliament.2,3

Canadians have a right to determine our future, but this agreement will undermine our democratic rights and lock us into an inescapable path of foreign-ownership and resource extraction until at least 2040.

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JIMINY CRICKET, ENBRIDGE IS GREENWASHING!

What do you call it when a company exaggerates an environmental achievement in order to divert attention away from environmental problems? Greenwash – and Enbridge is guilty.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (6)In 2010 a neglected Enbridge pipeline ruptured oozing thick, sticky tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River. This disaster, dubbed the most expensive on-shore oil disaster in US history, devastated the river, leaving it closed for nearly two years. To this day, residents complain of submerged oil and the EPA is ordering Enbridge back to work for clean-up in three sections of the river.

At an investor event on October 3, Enbridge gave a presentation quoting anonymous Kalamazoo residents saying their river is “cleaner” than it was before the company’s 2010 oil spill disaster.

On the very same day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a different story. They issued a press release saying Enbridge has more clean-up work to do.

Under their new CEO Al Monaco, Enbridge continues to use spin and mislead investors and the public. Send a letter to the Enbridge CEO, letting him know that some issues—like toxic tar sands water—should not be fibbed about.

Tell CEO Al Monaco and Enbridge that we don’t trust them with our rivers! We don’t buy their story that the Kalamazoo is cleaner than it was before Enbridge’s pipeline rupture (and we’re sure the fish and ducks didn’t appreciate that oily bath).

Send your comment to Enbridge’s Al Monaco NOW! Calling out Enbridge’s grenashing by submitting a comment will make Monaco’s nose grow and grow and grow…

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Meet with People not just Oil Execs

After 3-major oil spills hit Alberta in just over a month a network of landowner, health, labour and environmental groups called for an independent review of pipeline safety in the province. The network, which now represents over 60-groups, was worried about the impact oil spills have on communities, on public health, and on a fragile environment. Given the 3 major spills and the over 600 pipeline incidents that hit Alberta’s aging pipeline network every year the groups thought an independent review was a good way to get answers to Alberta’s pipeline problems.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (7)After 3-major oil spills hit Alberta in just over a month a network of landowner, health, labour and environmental groups called for an independent review of pipeline safety in the province. The network, which now represents over 60-groups, was worried about the impact oil spills have on communities, on public health, and on a fragile environment. Given the 3 major spills and the over 600 pipeline incidents that hit Alberta’s aging pipeline network every year the groups thought an independent review was a good way to get answers to Alberta’s pipeline problems.

After tremendous public pressure the Alberta government finally announced a review but they are shutting the public groups out of the process. Even though the Alberta government has found the time to meet with oil and gas companies about the review they have yet to meet with any of the 60-groups that called for it.

Don’t you think the Alberta government should meet with public groups not just oil company executives?

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Stop the New England Tar Sands Pipeline

With spill after spill, Big Oil has a dismal safety record when it comes to tar sands pipelines. Now one of the worst oil corporations of all, Enbridge, wants to ram a tar sands pipeline through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth. Their development requires the destruction of Canada’s pristine Boreal Forest, and NASA’s top climate scientist says they could mean “game over” for the climate. Tar sands pipelines are also far more likely to leak than conventional oil pipelines, which spells bad news for Sebago Lake, Casco Bay, and 11 pristine New England rivers. We need a Tar Sands Free Northeast. Send your governor and U.S. senators a letter today — ask them to strike a blow against Big Oil and speak out against all tar sands pipelines.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (8)With spill after spill, Big Oil has a dismal safety record when it comes to tar sands pipelines. Now one of the worst oil corporations of all, Enbridge, wants to ram a tar sands pipeline through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Tar sands are one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth. Their development requires the destruction of Canada’s pristine Boreal Forest, and NASA’s top climate scientist says they could mean “game over” for the climate. Tar sands pipelines are also far more likely to leak than conventional oil pipelines, which spells bad news for Sebago Lake, Casco Bay, and 11 pristine New England rivers.

We need a Tar Sands Free Northeast. Send your governor and U.S. senators a letter today — ask them to strike a blow against Big Oil and speak out against all tar sands pipelines.

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Protect wolves from dirty oil

An action hosted by the National Wildlife Federation

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (9)Booming tar sands operations in Canada are destroying wildlife habitat at an increasing pace–pushing woodland caribou to the brink of extinction and prompting plans to poison and shoot thousands of wolves in a cruel effort to “protect” the caribou.

Right now, Congress is getting ready to vote on legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline–a project that would drive a rapid expansion of tar sands operations and put the lives of thousands of wolves at risk.

Your members of Congress need to hear from you that boosting Big Oil’s profits at the expense of wildlife is unacceptable.

Edit and send the message below, urging your members of Congress to stand up against the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.

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Take the Keystone Pledge

An action hosted by 350.org

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (11)After relentless campaigning, the Keystone XL pipeline has been killed!  The Obama Administration will be requesting a 12-18 month review for the Keystone XL pipeline, effectively eliminating the potential the project would go through, according to most analysts.

This is incredible news — and a perfect demonstration of how people power can change history.

Now we need to make a powerful statement that we’ll never back down — take the pledge to show that you’re in it to win it, as long as it takes.

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Help stop supertankers on the B.C. Coast

An action hosted by Dogwood Initiative

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (12)We the signatories draw your attention to proposals by Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and CN Rail to expand crude oil tanker traffic through B.C.’s coast to ship oil to Asia, which would put B.C.’s abundant salmon rivers and coast at risk of oil spills. A single Exxon Valdez-like spill could jeopardize thousands of families and livelihoods, entire cultures, and a spectacular diversity of life. That’s why 70 First Nation communities banned these types of projects via the Coastal First Nations and Save the Fraser declarations, which an array of citizens are recognizing as an opportunity to unite in protection of our shared coast and advance reconciliation between First Nations and the rest of B.C. and Canada.

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