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RBS finance for tar sands revealed on eve of AGM – students protest

Press Release 30th May – For Immediate Release Platform [1], UK Tar Sands Network [2] and the Indigenous Environmental Network [3] have revealed that in the past year the Royal Bank of Scotland underwrote bonds worth $131.25 million [4] for controversial Canadian tar sands pipeline company Enbridge Energy Partners [5]. At the RBS AGM tomorrow in Edinburgh student groups are planning to protest the banks fossil fuel investments. Enbridge Energy Partners is  the subject of intense controversy in Canada as their proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline would run through the  traditional territories of over 60 First Nations [6]. These include the Yinka Dene Alliance [7] who just this month protested against Enbridge in several Canadian provinces as part of a ‘Freedom Train’[8]. The combined […]

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Tar Monsters on the loose!

Hello Tar Monster Thwarters! There has been an incredible flurry of action in the past 48 hours as we escalate efforts to stop the UK from blocking the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). And these are just the highlights! For more updates, check our facebook and twitter pages. Lewes tackles the Tar Monster HM Department for Tar Sands blockaded RBS caught out for climate greenwash Love oily paintings – hate oily money Keep up the good work everyone – we’re nearly there! Sue and Emily 1. Lewes tackles the Tar Monster On Saturday we whizzed down to Lewes to meet up with our friends from South Coast Climate Camp, People and Planet, Lush, and Friends of the Earth Lewes. Residents and […]

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First Nations protest Tar Sands investments at RBS AGM

Representatives from some of Canada’s First Nations today demanded in person that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) stops financing the controversial tar sands industry in Alberta, Canada, at the bank’s AGM. The protest came as new research, published by a coalition of UK and North American NGOs, shows that since being bailed out with public money in 2008, RBS has raised £5.6 billion in corporate financing to companies involved in Alberta’s tar sands extraction and tar sands pipeline development, including BP and Enbridge. The First Nations representatives took into the AGM a photo petition and motions from UK taxpayers angry that the bank is investing their money in tar sands extraction, and used the meeting to call on the […]

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BP and RBS targetted by Tar Sands Tour

Dear AGM-stormers, A lot has happened since our last newsletter: our First Nations crew (Clayton, Jasmine and Melina) have arrived, we’ve made new friends from various corners of the world, been dragged out of the Excel Centre, gained a load of media coverage and kept tar sands well and truly on BP’s agenda. And, best of all, we’ve been labelled ‘winners’ by the Financial Times! What a week! But the fun continues, as we’ve just arrived in Edinburgh to give RBS a piece of our minds! A big thank you to everyone who has helped make the Tar Sands Tour so successful. Tar Sands Tour so far… BP pandemonium Now it’s RBS’s turn Love from the Tar Sands Tour Team, […]

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Tar Sands Tour Revealed!

Tuesday 12th April, 7pm Calling BP to Account – Tar Sands, Deepwater Horizon and beyond… Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA You are invited to a public meeting in advance of BP’s AGM, that will bring together a diverse coalition of individuals and organisations who are working together to call BP to account for the social and environmental impacts of their activities around the world. Join First Nations from Canada, fishermen and women from the Gulf of Mexico, shareholders, NGOs, lawyers and activists for an evening of information sharing and strategising, on the eve of BP’s Annual General Meeting (14th April).A chance to listen to first-hand accounts of how BP’s decision to go into the […]

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Climate Week, and big BP and RBS events

Dear Greenwash Guerrillas, We’re very excited to be able to invite you along to two major events as part of our First Nations speaker’s tour in April. If you only come to one tar sands event this year, make it one of these! But first, a word about someone else’s sponsors… 1.  Climate Week ‘tar’-getted over RBS sponsorship 2.  BP meeting and plans for the AGM 3.  RBS and the ‘People’s AGM’ Love and sunshine, Sue, Jess and Emily 1.  Climate Week ‘tar’-getted over RBS sponsorship On Monday we, and some like-minded friends, turned up at the launch of RBS-sponsored Climate Week. We were there to warn people about the dangerously high levels of greenwash spewing from the plush venue. […]

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Climate Week ‘Tar’-getted by anti-greenwash protest!

The UK Tar Sands Network and friends gathered this morning outside the Climate Week launch event at Lancaster House, to protest against its sponsorship by RBS, the UK bank that has been most heavily involved in financing the fossil fuel industry. While Energy and Climate Secretary Chris Huhne was inside presenting awards for action on climate change, the protesters were outside, wearing badges saying ‘Love climate action, hate greenwash’, and handing leaflets to attendees that highlighted the involvement of RBS in financing companies involved in tar sands extraction. Tar sands has been the subject of international controversy for its impact on both the climate and indigenous communities. Some protesters sang songs about RBS’s dirty reputation, and did the “oily Gaga” […]

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‘Climate Week’, sponsored by… RBS?!

Dear greenwash-detectors, We’re spending a lot of time gearing up for the BP and RBS AGMs next month, liaising with First Nations in Canada and those affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill, planning public events, working with a whole range of different groups, and figuring out what we can do at the two AGMs to really hold those responsible for such wanton destruction to account. But we keep getting distracted. Because next week (21st March) is Climate Week. And it’s being sponsored by RBS. Which we think is absolutely outrageous. So here’s a short message with info about all these things: 1. Climate Week: vote for the Greenwash Coup of the Year! 2. BP & RBS AGMs – events and […]

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First Nations Activists at the Edinburgh Fringe rally RBS to leave the Tar Sands in the Ground!

Originally posted September 8th, 2010 The UK Tar Sands Network and the Indigenous Environmental Network joined forces with the Camp for Climate Action in 2010 to raise awareness about UK investment in the Alberta Tar Sands. Indigenous activists Jasmine Thomas and Riannon Ball from British Colombia, Canada are resisting the sprawl of the world’s most destructive project into their territories. They brought their message loud and clear to RBS that investments in the Tar Sands are destroying their traditional homelands and pushing the planet further into Climate Chaos.

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