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Climate Rising and So Are We!

Yesterday we were really excited to join friends at the ‘Climate Rising’ Event in London to see how we can move forward with the fight for climate justice in 2016. We opened up the event with some reflections on the London Climate march. We really need to see immediate action on the racism we are seeing in the environmental movement. Let’s keep this conversation going to make sure we are both changing the organising the spaces that exist and that we are supporting and inspiring each other to build up our own spaces that support our communities. There are big questions that we need to address together about how and when we will resource the new movement we demand and […]

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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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Art intervention at Louvre calls for Museum to drop ENI and Total sponsorship

9th December 2015 PRESS RELEASE   Hundreds surround the Louvre’s iconic pyramid building in Paris in protest at oil sponsorship of cultural institutions Art activists from around the world call for a “culture beyond fossil fuels.” Paris Climate Accord fails to adopt legally binding commitment to rights of Indigenous Peoples, human rights and gender equality.   For interviews, photos and film footage, email culturaldivestment@gmail.com or call Beka on +1 917 202 5479 or Chris on +44 7743197203 – Interviews with indigenous delegates suzanne@no-tar-sands.org +447772694327     Hundreds take part in protest performance at Louvre Museum over oil sponsorship As the UN Climate Summit winds down, Artists and Activists call on Louvre to drop oil company sponsors Eni and Total   […]

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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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A letter of love and solidarity to the Wretched of the Earth Bloc

  “When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” ~ Frantz Fanon On the 29th of November I traveled to paris with other pacific Indigenous Peoples from paris to London. We had travelled  thousands of miles from our respective homes in the Pacific to Paris to attend COP21. We decided to go to London to participate in the March in London because of the restrictions on the freedom of speech and assembly imposed by the state of ‘emergency’ in Paris. Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, like colonised  peoples of colour throughout the world are on the  front-lines of the climate crisis. It is our land that is disappearing, […]

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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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Canadian Election Reflection and Call to Action!

  Wow, what a result. Last night, new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party swept to victory with a clear majority of 184 seats and 54% of the vote. Conservatives won 99 seats and 29% of the vote. NDP 44 seats, 13%. Greens 1 seat, 0% vote (source Canadian Press). With so much at stake (four more years of a brutal and paranoid petro-government, argh) it felt too much like tempting fate to crack jokes but at the same time we felt like the tension sorely needed breaking on election night. That’s where Vice Canada totally saved us with a livestream of its #VICEelxnCircus show. As the polling stations began closing and results began trickling in, their […]

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Big Oil has pulled off a classic bait and switch move in the Arctic.

UK Tar Sands Network press release, September 28 2015: In a deft, almost dazzling sleight of hand,  In comparison to the new Goliat platform which begins producing Arctic oil from confirmed fields in the Barents Sea next month, Shell’s Polar Pioneer rig is an aged and rickety piece of machinery. Shell’s Polar Pioneer, the bright yellow rig that left Seattle for the Chuckchi Seas in June 2015 was built in 1985, is 400ft tall and has a holding capacity of 15,063 barrels of oil. While the Goliat FPSO is a state-of-the-art, cylindrical platform that’s 574ft tall, has a 17 storey elevatortransporting its 120 workers to a cinema, hotel or gym, and a holding capacity of a million barrels of oil. Its mooring lines […]

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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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Shell Fails to Respond to Questions at Annual General Meeting about Environmental and Climate Risks Associated with Arctic Drilling and Tar Sands

Shell Fails to Respond to Questions at Annual General Meeting about Environmental and Climate Risks Associated with Arctic Drilling and Tar Sands Photos and interviews with delegation available  suzanne@no-tar-sands.org +447772694327 Today Shell faced a barrage of questions from a female indigenous delegation from the Arctic who raised concerns about the real risks associated with drilling in the Arctic. The meeting showed a schizophrenic Shell moving between committing to climate action on one had whilst continuing to sink money into highly polluting tar sands and reckless offshore Arctic drilling. “Today we stood before the Shell board and shareholders to hold Shell accountable for their reckless plans to drill in the Arctic. Shell failed to adequately address our concerns about the fact that […]

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