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London banks targeted by Standing Rock Solidarity Actions

Thursday, December 1st 2016, Indigenous and climate justice activists in London gathered outside the Royal Bank of Scotland to hold a solidarity action with Indigenous People in Standing Rock. The creative intervention was part of an international day of action, targeting the banks that are financing the Dakota Access Pipeline in the US. “This peaceful action in London is an opportunity to show that geographical distance does not change what we know to be right, and what is right is to protect the sacred ground and the water rights of the approximate 18 million people who are downstream from construction.” said UK based Mohawk/Comanche/Apache activist Kiaza BigMountain Fillmore “I encourage any UK banks that are invested in or financing projects […]

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Stand with Standing Rock movement Goes Global!

As Violence at Standing Rock escalates call to Obama to end Police Brutality and Defund DAPL goes International On November 15th 2016, in the rain, over 200 people peacefully gathered on the doorstep of the US Embassy in London to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers, and the Administration incoming in January 2017, put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This was in line with a call out from indigenous frontline water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota for an national day of solidarity on 15th November – which instead went global. Hundreds of people in London joined by thousands of allies across North America, Europe and beyond, taking to the streets to tell the […]

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Protests to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline Go Global

Trudeau Targeted by Pipeline Protest in London, UK Pressure continues to build on Trudeau to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline as UN climate talks enter second week Images available here London, UK – This morning concerned citizens from England and Canada staged a solidarity sit-in on the front steps of Canada House in London, demanding that the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, which would transport oil from Alberta’s tar sands for export off the west coast of Canada. “Prime Minister Trudeau needs to show real leadership on climate and reject the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.” said Bronwen Tucker, a student and member of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition currently studying abroad in the UK. “The science […]

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Challenging Co2lonialism – Adventures in the Hague and Venice

The UK Tar Sands Network has been on the move in the last few weeks with friends from both the Canadian tar sands and the Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of the recent Shell spill in the Gulf we came together with the Indigenous Environmental Network to stage a living exhibition outside the Shell AGM with Monique Verdin. Read a blog by Monique here  and check out this great film made by Disobedient Films   Then we headed to Venice to witness the unveiling of the Canadian entry to the 2016 Venice Biennale. The intervention by Canadian landscape architect Pierre Bélanger offers a powerful entry-point into challenging Canada’s identity internationally as a resource empire. Eriel Deranger opened the work with a powerful […]

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Shell AGM – Carbon colonization by Monique Verdin

I traveled from the Mississippi River Delta to the Netherlands, to the Hague, home of the International Criminal Court, to attend Shell’s annual general meeting; to ask the world’s 7th largest company, the world’s 2nd largest oil company why is it that they continue to take advantage of the Gulf of Mexico, in more dangerous depths than ever before, knowing that safety cannot be ensured? The response from CEO Ben van Beurden was, essentially, we do it because your government lets us, though he said it more like, “Our company cannot tell the federal government what to do, all we can do is to respond”. Less than two weeks before this ritual corporate gathering, just days before the opening of […]

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Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting   For interviews with delegate, high-res images and video contact: Suzanne Dhaliwal, UK Tar Sands Network  0044 777 269 4327 suzanne@no-tar-sands.org Monique Verdin, 001 504 330 0768, moniquemverdin@gmail.com Indigenous delegate from Gulf of Mexico challenges Shell’s expansion of deep-sea drilling with intervention at AGM with 10-ft photographs presented to investors and board members, depicting environmental and community impacts in the Gulf Communities in Gulf of Mexico call for moratorium on deep-sea drilling in the Gulf, supported by environmental justice organisations in UK and Netherlands Intervention comes 2 weeks after Shell spilled 88,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, after […]

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Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY Keep it in the Ground: Intervention from Gulf of Mexico Indigenous Delegate at Shell Annual General Meeting Photo opportunity outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM): Circustheater, Circusstraat 4, The Hague, The Netherlands, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 9am local time.   For interviews with delegate contact: Suzanne Dhaliwal, UK Tar Sands Network  0044 777 269 4327 suzanne@no-tar-sands.org Monique Verdin, 001 504 330 0768, moniquemverdin@gmail.com WHAT: Indigenous delegate from the Gulf of Mexico will speak out against offshore drilling at the Shell AGM 2016, and will present a pop-up exhibition of 10 ft professional photos documenting climate impacts on communities of New Orleans. An action will also take place in the Gulf coast on May 24th to amplify the Shell […]

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Royal Dutch Shell Spills Over 88,000 Gallons of Crude Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

For Immediate Release, Friday, May 13, 2016 Contact: US  Dallas Goldtooth, 708-515-6158, dallas@ienearth.org Monique Verdin, 504-330-0768, moniquemverdin@gmail.com Faith Gemmill, 907-750-0188, redoilone@gmail.com EU contact Suzanne Dhaliwal +447772694327 suzannedhaliwal@googlemail.com   Royal Dutch Shell Spills Over 88,000 Gallons of Crude Oil in the Gulf of Mexico Spills Occurs as Gulf Coast Citizens Prepare to Speak Out Against Offshore Drilling in Washington DC, Shell Annual General Meeting Netherlands   New Orleans, LA – On thursday, an 88,200 gallon oil spill was discovered in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, forcing Royal Dutch Shell to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform. An oil sheen 2 miles wide and 13 miles long, 2100 barrels equal to 90,000 gallons (or at least thats what being […]

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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.   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 state of emergency since the November 13th Paris attacks, the protest went ahead with […]

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