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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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TAKE ACTION: ask your MP to say NO to tar sands and support the Fuel Quality Directive

With the EU Fuel Quality Directive coming to a head, we need to put pressure on the UK government to ensure the FQD is effective at discouraging imports of high-emission fuels, including fuel derived from tar sands. We want the UK to support a measure to correctly label tar sands fuel as more polluting than conventional oil, a measure which is also supported by First Nations communities bearing the brunt of the associated local environmental destruction. YOUR help is very much needed, as we try to get MPs to sign this Early Day Motion. Please help us and email your MP, using this online tool – http://peopleandplanet.org/navid16352. A few clicks is all it takes!

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Battle over tar sands dirty fuel label intensifies

First Nations leader in Europe to counter Canadian government’s pro-tar sands lobbying First Nations leader George Poitras will arrive in the UK tomorrow to testify to policymakers and MPs about the impacts of the Canadian tar sands industry on Indigenous Peoples in Alberta, and to encourage the UK to support the labelling of tar sands fuel as highly polluting in the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). Poitras, former Chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, will speak in a UK Parliamentary event tomorrow hosted by Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes MP, alongside renewables expert Jeremy Leggett and Greenpeace EU transport policy adviser Franziska Achterberg. Whilst in London he will also meet with the Department for Transport, Department of Energy […]

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Two Energy Futures: we don’t need fossil fuels to power the world

New interactive infographic based on latest research demonstrates that by 2035 everyone on the planet can have a high-quality lifestyle, fuelled by existing clean energy technologies Explore the infographic Today we are launching a groundbreaking new web resource, which brings to life two possible models of energy production and consumption for the year 2035. The first, ‘Fossil-Fuelled Future‘, is the future the International Energy Agency forecasts we are heading for if governments and fossil fuel companies follow through on their current promises on energy and climate change. This future is not the worst-case scenario – it’s the best that politicians and businesses are currently offering us. In this world, global temperatures will rise by at least 4 to 6°C this […]

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Oxford Becomes Europe’s First ‘Tar-Free City’

[Post first published on the Tar-Free Towns website] June 25, 2013: Yesterday evening, in a near-unanimous vote, Oxford City Council declared itself a ‘Tar-Free City‘ by voting in favour of a motion (see below) tabled by Green Party councillor Sam Hollick. This makes Oxford the first city in Europe to reject the use of highly-polluting tar sands oil, by adjusting the policies governing the procurement of fuel to the Council for municipal use. It comes as Europe faces the real possibility of tar sands oil being imported in large quantities for the first time. The Canadian tar sands are the largest energy project on earth, and oil companies are increasingly turning to this ‘unconventional’ source of fuel. However, tar sands […]

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Stop Harper!: Canadian PM met by multiple tar sands protests in London

- Stephen Harper met by large crowd of protesters from 30 environmental and human rights groups – Five activists arrested after blocking the entrance to Harper’s speech and scaling the roof of Parliament – 6 MPs table an Early Day Motion to keep tar sands out of Europe – Harper criticised for using trip to lobby against EU climate legislation and spread misinformation – Brigette DePape’s iconic ‘Stop Harper’ page protest recreated outside Houses of Parliament Facebook photogallery Today, Canada’s controversial leader Stephen Harper was met by three separate protests as he attempted to deliver a prestigious speech to both Houses of the UK Parliament. He arrived in the UK on Tuesday, and has been using the trip to lobby […]

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Tell Harper: we don’t want your dirty oil!

Stephen Harper will be in London next week, addressing Parliament, no less! You can be sure we are not going to miss the opportunity to show him how much we in the UK oppose his dirty tar sands. Please join us!! When: Thursday 13th June, 11.15am Where: Parliament Square, opposite Parliament, Westminster, London <– UPDATED Why: to show Harper, as he drives past, that there is huge opposition to tar sands in the UK and he does not deserve the honour of addressing Parliament! Bring: placards with your message to Harper. We are expecting a lot of interest from the Canadian media so please take the time to figure out what you want to say! More info: http://no-tar-sands.org/events/tell-harper Facebook event: […]

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Indigenous communities put the heat on Shell!

Yesterday I attended Shell’s Annual General Meeting in The Hague, to address the board and shareholders. Shell, one of the largest multinational corporations in the world and a company that prides itself in having strong stakeholder relations, was taken aback by a barrage of questions from shareholders and groups attending.  Shareholders questioned Shell’s inability to effectively and adequately meet the needs of local communities, basic safety standards, changing global energy models and economies, global climate change, and basic business standards of corporate social responsibility. Shell is a company that’s modelling its business projections on scenarios in line with a 6-degree global temperature rise, doubling its already huge tar sands developments on the traditional territory of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation […]

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