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Challenging Co2lonialism – Adventures in the Hague and Venice

The UK Tar Sands Network has been on the move in the last few weeks with friends from both the Canadian tar sands and the Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of the recent Shell spill in the Gulf we came together with the Indigenous Environmental Network to stage a living exhibition outside the Shell AGM with Monique Verdin. Read a blog by Monique here  and check out this great film made by Disobedient Films   Then we headed to Venice to witness the unveiling of the Canadian entry to the 2016 Venice Biennale. The intervention by Canadian landscape architect Pierre Bélanger offers a powerful entry-point into challenging Canada’s identity internationally as a resource empire. Eriel Deranger opened the work with a powerful […]

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Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting   For interviews with delegate, high-res images and video contact: Suzanne Dhaliwal, UK Tar Sands Network  0044 777 269 4327 suzanne@no-tar-sands.org Monique Verdin, 001 504 330 0768, moniquemverdin@gmail.com Indigenous delegate from Gulf of Mexico challenges Shell’s expansion of deep-sea drilling with intervention at AGM with 10-ft photographs presented to investors and board members, depicting environmental and community impacts in the Gulf Communities in Gulf of Mexico call for moratorium on deep-sea drilling in the Gulf, supported by environmental justice organisations in UK and Netherlands Intervention comes 2 weeks after Shell spilled 88,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, after […]

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Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting Photo opportunity outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM): Circustheater, Circusstraat 4, The Hague, The Netherlands, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 9am local time.   For interviews with delegate contact: Suzanne Dhaliwal, UK Tar Sands Network  0044 777 269 4327 suzanne@no-tar-sands.org Monique Verdin, 001 504 330 0768, moniquemverdin@gmail.com WHAT: Indigenous delegate from the Gulf of Mexico will speak out against offshore drilling at the Shell AGM 2016, and will present a pop-up exhibition of 10 ft professional photos documenting climate impacts on communities of New Orleans. An action will also take place in the Gulf coast on May 24th to amplify the Shell […]

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Indigenous Communities and European Allies take action on Total in Paris during Climate Talks

    Thursday, December 10th 2015. EU – Suzanne Dhaliwal, suzanne@no-tar-sands.org +447772694327 Canada – Clayton Thomas Muller – clayton@350.org, +16132977515   Paris, La Defence, Total International HQ. Over a hundred people from indigenous communities across the globe and the climate movement from Europe gathered for a peaceful protest outside the headquarters of energy corporation Total. The Canadian government’s on-going commitment to tar sands expansion is incompatible with Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise at the Paris Climate talks to restrict planetary warming to just 1.5 Celsius warming. The extraction of highly polluting tar sands on indigenous lands continue to expand at a rapid rate. Despite that, Indigenous Rights continue to be on the chopping block of the Paris Climate Accord. Despite the […]

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Indigenous Peoples demands Rights in Paris Climate Accord and end to False Solutions

  During the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon and their allies have continually gathered to demand genuine climate change solutions: which to be truly effective must include both the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights in the operative, legally binding text of the draft Paris Accord, and the application of bottom-up initiatives originating in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and spirituality. It seems, however, that these powerful objections/demonstrations have been totally ignored – as the first week of negotiations closed on Friday with the language concerning the traditional knowledge and rights of Indigenous Peoples being “annexed” (meaning they’re not completely in the draft agreement, nor are they fully excluded), rendering their future inclusion highly […]

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