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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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Come CoResist & CoInspire – Stories from the Tar Sands

Dear CoResisters, There has been such a whirlwind of meeting up with allies and friends in the past few weeks we are looking forward to creating a space to sit down with you and catch up. We have had some fascinating conversations with Naomi Klein about environmental justice in Canada and the UK, seeing what lessons we can learn from each other and what we need to do to continue to build a healthy movement. We want to continue the open conversations about connecting the UK climate movement with front line resistance to extraction and broadening our perspectives and dialogue about what we mean by environmental justice.  So to make this happen we are excited to be joining forces with […]

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Why Do We Need The People’s Climate March?

On Sunday I will be joining you and friends at the People’s Climate march in London, UK, I’m looking forward to getting out on the street.  Often campaigning can involve lot’s of digital time, so it’s nice to be in a space with people who feel moved to put their bodies out there to take a stand. As I walk around London the weight of colonial power that continues to undermine the sovereignty of indigenous people resisting fossil fuel extraction will be in my thoughts. I’ll wonder what the people in the shiny HQ’s of all the banks and corporations going about business as usual think about all this, and whether they consider the impact on water systems being wiped […]

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See you on the streets and at the big screen

Dear Tar Resisters, There are some exciting moments taking place in the international and local climate movement in the next week, we are looking forward to seeing some of you on the streets and at the big screens. Exciting news coming from Oxford City Council, they have become the first city to publicly commit to divest from the fossil fuel industry – precluding direct investments in the industry doing most to block progress on climate action. We will be joining our friends for a screening of the new film Disruption on Monday night at the vaults at 7pm. We will be joining the Peoples Climate March London next Sunday in London to show solidarity with Indigenous communities in Canada on […]

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To Walk; To Move

Guest post by Divya Farias This weekend marks the fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  From across Canada, the States, and beyond, hundreds of people will band together on a spiritual passage along the Syncrude Loop, an open pit mine that is just one of several bitumen extraction facilities that are wreaking havoc on the soil, water, and air of Alberta.  Members of First Nations, environmental activists, and all kinds of concerned folks will reflect and pray together for the healing of a wounded land.  And I will be among them. I think about the 4000 kilometer journey that has brought me, a first generation South Asian woman from New Jersey, here–and I ask myself […]

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On the Road – Healing Walk 2014

Greetings from Alberta! It’s been a while, but now we have some exciting news for you – Sue has just arrived in Canada to take part in this year’s tar sands healing walk. After five years, this will be the final healing walk, taking place this weekend - Friday June 27th to Sunday 29th. Over the past five years we have been on an incredible journey to stand with First Nations communities on the front lines of the tar sands expansion and pipelines resistance. For the next few weeks Sue will be our eyes and ears in Canada as it was important for us to witness for ourselves the destruction taking place there. We wanted to be there and hear directly from […]

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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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