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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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Reclaim the Power moves to Balcombe to stop fracking

Reclaim the Power will be a protest camp from 16 – 21 August 2013. It will feature two days of workshops, discussions and training, and two days of action. UPDATE: Reclaim the Power will now take place near Balcombe, West Sussex, where local residents and activists are opposing Cuadrilla’s exploratory drilling. Read more about the last minute move here. Why we must all Reclaim the Power this summer It may be on the other side of the world, but it has everything to do with tar sands. Exploiting the tar sands makes sense only in a future of increased reliance on fossil fuels. We have seen that extracting tar sands is in line with a six degree global temperature rise. […]

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Which future will you choose?

Dear friends, We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new interactive website today: “Two Energy Futures“! Bringing together the latest research, this infographic lays out two possible futures: one in which we continue to use fossil fuels, where inequality grows and catastrophic climate change is inevitable, and one in which we switch to currently available renewable technology and can provide enough power for everyone in the world to have a good quality of life. This website shows that, despite what people tell you, we can power the world without fossil fuels. It provides the latest facts, figures, illustrations, explanations and detailed citations, making them all accessible so you will never lose an argument on this topic again! It also […]

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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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Shell tar sands expansion edges closer: First Nations vow to fight on

Today we want to acknowledge the many Indigenous communities living on the frontline of the tar sands industry who continue to fight hard to protect Mother Earth, despite incredibly difficult circumstances. We particularly want to send our solidarity and support to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN). As you can see from this film, being located downstream from tar sands operations means the water and air pollution is causing a great deal of sickness and fear in the community of Fort Chipewyan. ACFN’s traditional subsistence lifestyle is getting harder and harder to maintain as the industry encroaches and spews toxins into their environment. Shockingly, the community’s legal ability to challenge these negative effects, or prevent new tar sands mines on […]

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Europe’s first Tar-Free city, Keystone XL optimism and youth rising

Dear friends, It’s been a big week on the tar sands battlefield! It started with Oxford City Council making history by being the first European city to officially reject tar sands. The City Council overwhelmingly supported a motion which will ensure that the fuel purchased by the city will not include tar sands-derived oil. The motion also saw Oxford declaring itself a ‘Tar-Free Town’, to highlight its rejection of the climate damage and environmental degradation caused by the tar sands. The race is now on for the next city or town to do so! Contact us if you want our help with your town. On Tuesday, an announcement on a new climate action plan saw Obama, who will soon decide […]

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Global Youth Oppose Tar Sands Development at International Summit

Istanbul, Turkey – Yesterday, 600 young people from 133 countries around the globe sent a global message to “Stop Tar Sands Destruction”. The statement came as part of Global PowerShift, a summit billed as tasked with building the youth climate movement around the world. “It’s amazing to see a global movement rising to fight dirty energy around the planet, and to see that focused on the tar sands is incredible,” said Brigette DePape. “We’re going to be bringing this message from the world back home and right to heart of the destruction next week.” PowerShift, a youth-led gathering focused on climate change and social justice, has happened twice in Canada in 2009 and 2012, with this summit being the first […]

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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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Multiple protests greet Canadian PM in London

Dear friends, This week, Stephen Harper was in town. As Canadian Prime Minister, he has done more than anyone else to champion the interests of the tar sands industry; trashing environmental regulation, trampling over indigenous rights, undermining international climate negotiations and muzzling scientists who stand in his way. He had come to London with the aim of killing off the EU Fuel Quality Directive before it can label tar sands oil as highly polluting. Well, we weren’t having that… Harper was met by not one, not two, but three protests! Thirty organisations from both sides of the Atlantic joined together for a mass ‘you’re-not-welcome’ party on his route. Three activists climbed onto the roof of Parliament, wearing ‘Shut down the […]

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