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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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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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A New Minister, A New Opportunity!

Dear Tar-Free Warriors, We were very happy to be joined by George Poitras from the community of Fort Chipewyan two weeks ago, who worked hard to keep EU ministers focused on the urgency of pushing forward on the Fuel Quality Directive. Now things are stirring up for the campaign with a new minister for us to focus on in the UK. Also, as new communities take a stand to declare themselves tar free zones it is incredible to see this next wave of solidarity emerging in our local councils! Keep up the amazing work! Sue, Jess, Emily and Ruthi Some advice for the new minister for tar sands Last week, there was a government reshuffle, and the minister responsible for the […]

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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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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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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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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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Shaming Shell and confronting Mr Tar Sands

Dear friends, Last week we attended the Shell AGM in The Hague with two powerful Indigenous women. Eriel Deranger and Mae Hank came all the way from North America to communicate their communities’ concerns about Shell’s plans to ruin their traditional territories through tar sands mining and Arctic drilling. The trip was a great success, made possible by the Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Eriel’s verdict was “it feels like they’re finally starting to take notice”. Read the full story here, and a huge thank you to everyone who contributed! We also went along to Shell’s shareholder meeting in London a couple of days later, where we confronted the company over its shameless lobbying against the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive. Shell’s answers […]

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UK’s pro-tar sands stance exposed, and showdown with Shell

Dear friends, Last week, two of the world’s leading scientists travelled to Europe to counter some of the outrageous lobbying coming from the tar sands industry and the Canadian government against EU climate legislation. The trip, by US climate expert Jim Hansen and Canadian environmental economist Mark Jaccard,  included giving evidence to the European Parliament, meetings with national governments, and plenty of media coverage making the point that the tar sands need to stay in the ground. The trip appeared to spur the Canadians into sending their second Minister to Europe in two weeks, giving us the opportunity for a quick protest in Brussels. Perhaps most importantly, the visit prompted the revelation in the Guardian that the UK government is […]

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