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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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UK Tar Sands Network and Indigeneous Activists at the London Climate March N29 2015

Hi Everyone, Greetings from Paris! We are in the midst of working with the Indigenous Environmental Network and allies at COP21 in Paris. As you may have heard the London Climate March has raised a number of concerns and questions about our movement. Over the last few days we have been in dialogue with people about the events that took place and also trying to move forward with the work taking place on the ground here. We wanted to share an important reflection that just came from the Black Dissidents and our friend Tisha Brown.  Please read, share and also offer your thoughts. We expect more responses over the next few days to emerge and will be sharing on social media. […]

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‘Shell No!’ Paddle to Seattle indigenous Activists Reach Westminster Shell Investor Meeting

Westminster May 21 2015, under the shadow of Big Ben, Mae Hank and Faith Gemmill-Fredson were joined by campaigners to protest Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic. The female indigenous delegation travelled to Shell’s Annual General meetings in the Netherlands and London to confront Shell on plans to go into the Arctic directly after taking action in “Paddle in Seattle” last Saturday on a mass “flotilla” where kayaktivists blocked Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig docked at the Port.  At the shareholders meeting in London handmade black origami “roses of resistance” were laid at the entrance by UK Tar Sands Network and Platform to demand an end to the expansion of the Canadian tar sands, the exploitation of people in Nigeria […]

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5 Years after the BP Gulf disaster: Remember, Reflect, Reimagine

5 years ago today I sat with Clayton Thomas Mueller and George Poitras in rural Wales, both stranded in the UK after the BP Annual General Meeting. In the wake of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, all planes were grounded for a week.  After a walk on the moors we came back to hear the news of the oil rig that had exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. We watched on the live stream as plumes of petroleum spewed into the ocean. Just 4 days prior we had sat in the BP Annual General meeting, telling shareholders about the climatic devastation being caused by tar sands.  An older gentleman in the audience piped up, stating his concerns about the cement being used for […]

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BP attempts to silence Community Resistance to BP’s ‘Extreme Energy’ at Annual General Meeting

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, representative of devastated communities from Gulf Coast confronts BP board over failure to address environmental and social damage. Solidarity activists refused entry into the meeting.    Suzanne Dhaliwal (UK Tar Sands Network) on +44 (0)7772694327 Today, outside the BP Annual General Meeting, UK Tar Sands Network, CoResist and Rising Tide held up a 30ft colourful fishing net decorated with messages, images, and slogans from the coastal communities who still feel the impacts of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Monday, 20th April 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of the offshore drilling accident that killed eleven workers and spewed over 4.9 million barrels of oil  into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days.  “Once abundant oyster, shellfish and fin fish populations […]

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Fossil Free-dom Fighters Join in Solidarity

Dear Fossil Free-dom Fighters, Crystal Lameman from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and I are writing to you from the road with the fine People and Planet folks. We have been meeting with students, climate justice activists and friends to talk about how we can deepen the links of the amazing Divestment movement with frontline resistance to devastating energy extraction at the source. Fossil Fuel companies are wreaking havoc on the lands of First Nations communities in Canada and since 2010 we have been speaking truth to corporate power at the BP Annual General Meeting. 5 years ago, just days after that meeting the Gulf was devastated by the biggest offshore spill in history as a BP well exploded. Since then […]

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Tar Sands Devastation Unveiled outside Canada Europe Energy Roundtable

  Tuesday November 18th, 2014. A coalition of climate and social justice organizations and artists held a silent presence and unveiled a large landscape which depicts the devastation caused by Canadian tar sands outside the Canada Europe Energy Roundtable this morning. “Communities from across the UK have come together to make this banner to show our solidarity with those communities on the front lines of tar sands who have lived for generations in close relationship with the land” said Amanda Cid, a community artist “it is important to make visible the animal species and cultures that are being pushed to extinction because of decisions being made behind closed doors between industry and government.” The Canadian government has embarked on a […]

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Aamer Rahman, Australian stand-up comic, on tour in the UK, sending a message of solidarity to the Healing Walk participants in Canada and to the communities on the front lines of the tar sands battle. This movement is global! Send us your own messages of support (video, pictures, texts – whatever takes your fancy) and we will post them here as well Check here for more blogs, videos and pictures from the 2014 Healing Walk.  

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The ‘Felt Impacts of the Tar Sands’ artwork unveiled at the Canada Europe Energy Summit

The Felt Impacts of the Tar Sands – #feltimpacts #tarsands #craftivism from You and I Films on Vimeo. Giant artwork depicting the Canadian tar sands and the devastation being caused to ecosystems, species and First Nations communities launched by street felt-artist Lucy Sparrow outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square Street felt-artist Lucy Sparrow today unrolled an ambitious artwork at the annual Canada Europe Energy Summit outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square, as Canadian minister Joe Oliver met with the UK government, the CEO of BP, Bob Dudley, and other major players in the tar sands industry to discuss undermining EU climate legislation, the Fuel Quality Directive, to open up global markets to Canada’s highly-polluting fossil fuels.   “It is horrific […]

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