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Did you hear about London’s oil spill?

Dear Tar Sands Craftivists, There is much to update you on! But first – what is craftivism, you ask? Why it is what we did last week, with the wonderful felt-artist Lucy Sparrow! Last Tuesday saw Canada House hosting another one of their oily Energy Roundtables, a chance for the Canadian and UK governments, along with high-level reps from the oil industry, to talk about their energy strategy (read how to make sure Europe doesn’t block imports of tar sands oil). We felt that the people in these meetings are a little detached from what is going on on the ground, and so can easily ignore the real impacts of what they are doing to ecosystems and First Nations communities. […]

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Opening the floodgates – podcasts now up!

First Nations leader George Poitras was recently with us in the UK 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,  gave a moving speech at a UK Parliamentary event hosted by Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes MP, alongside renewables expert Jeremy Leggett and Greenpeace EU transport policy adviser Franziska Achterberg. We wanted to make sure that those of you who weren’t able to make it to the event still get to hear all of the […]

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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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Letter to Susan Kramer on the Fuel Quality Directive

  On Tuesday, we and eight other organisations, as part of the ‘Keep tar sands out of Europe‘ coalition, sent the following letter to the new Minister of State for Transport, Susan Kramer. It urges her to act now to keep tar sands oil out of Europe by supporting the implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive, which would label tar sands and other unconventional fuels as more polluting than conventional oil and discourage their use in Europe. The full text of the letter, and signatories, is below. You can help put pressure on the new Minister by sending this e-action to your MP, asking them to sign EDM 240 and write to the ministers involved in making the decision.   […]

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A New Minister, A New Opportunity!

Dear Tar-Free Warriors, We were very happy to be joined by George Poitras from the community of Fort Chipewyan two weeks ago, who worked hard to keep EU ministers focused on the urgency of pushing forward on the Fuel Quality Directive. Now things are stirring up for the campaign with a new minister for us to focus on in the UK. Also, as new communities take a stand to declare themselves tar free zones it is incredible to see this next wave of solidarity emerging in our local councils! Keep up the amazing work! Sue, Jess, Emily and Ruthi Some advice for the new minister for tar sands Last week, there was a government reshuffle, and the minister responsible for the […]

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Some advice for the new minister for tar sands

Last week, there was a government reshuffle, and the minister responsible for the UK’s position on the EU Fuel Quality Directive changed. Gone was Norman Baker, with whom we had had two frustratingly unproductive meetings in recent weeks. Now the task lies with the Lib Dems’ new Minister of State for Transport, Baroness Kramer. The change in personnel comes at a make-or-break-moment. Either the FQD will soon be implemented, sending a hugely important message that there is no place for dirty tar sands oil in Europe’s fuel mix, or the whole process will collapse under the influence of strong-arm tactics from the Canadians and wavering commitment to genuine emissions reductions from Commissioners and EU member states. It really could go […]

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First Nations leader in London to fight Canada’s lobbying onslaught

On Thursday, George Poitras arrived from Paris to begin his short stay in London. George has travelled to Europe to push for the labelling of tar sands as a dirty fuel in the Fuel Quality Directive – at the same time as Alberta Ministers are touring Europe advocating the opposite. George is a former chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and lives in Fort Chipewyan, northern Alberta, downstream from where tar sands companies have been operating for more than forty years. First stop for George was a meeting we had arranged with Norman Baker, UK Transport Minister, who has responsibility for the UK’s position on the FQD – along with officials from the Departments for Transport and Energy and […]

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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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Indigenous leader travels to Europe to counter pro-tar sands lobbying

 Friday 27th September – For immediate release EU climate legislation which would discourage tar sands imports to Europe is in its final stages Two Ministers from Alberta are travelling to Europe to lobby against the directive First Nations leader will visit Europe and meet with decision-makers to advocate for the directive and highlight importance of regulating against tar sands Climate scientists say emissions must be cut by 10% per decade to avoid runaway climate change   On Saturday, George Poitras, a former Chief from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, will travel to the Netherlands, France and the UK, to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of tar sands development on First Nations communities, and to advocate that the EU supports […]

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Opening the floodgates?

Dear Tar Trade Topplers! Today we are excited to launch a new  “Keep Tar Sands out of Europe” online campaign with our many partner organisations. We have been working hard for the past three years to make sure that Europe moves forward on progressive legislation to stop imports of highly polluting tar sands from coming to Europe. Now we are starting the final sprint to make sure that lobbyists and the Canadian government don’t scupper this much needed climate legislation and we will need you for this crucial time to take action with us! Be sure to make your way over to Parliament on Thursday October 3rd as our friend George Poitras, former chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation […]

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