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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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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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Sewing Solidarity Across the Pond!

Hi Solidarity Stitchers! Last Tuesday we held an action outside the Canada Europe Energy Roundtable, with the banner that we have been crafting over the past few weeks. The message made it across the Atlantic loud and clear to all the people we stand in solidarity with, who are resisting tar sands at the source and along the pipelines. Over the past few weeks we have been working with so many new people from all parts of our network – those who are in the climate justice movement, the peace movement, and artists and social sculptors, to make this action happen. We connected up with Co-Resist in Bristol to hold a storytelling workshop where we heard more from Sue about […]

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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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