Tar Sands Tour 2011

Organised by Indigenous Environmental Network and UK Tar Sands Network

Another successful tar sands tour finished! View our media round-up.

Tuesday 12th April: Calling BP to Account – Tar Sands, Deepwater Horizon and beyond…

An excellent start to an insane week, our launch event at Rich Mix saw an unusual alliance form between investors, First Nations representatives, fishermen and women from the Gulf of Mexico, NGOs and activists, all driven by a common anger with BP and passion to take action.

Thursday April 14th, 10:30 am: BP AGM

BP’s AGM was, shall we say, eventful… There were protests, arrests and a global media feeding-frenzy. It all added up to one hell of a PR own goal for BP. Read the whole story and watch a hilarious video of the action we took that got ten of us kicked out of the AGM.

Friday April 15th, 7pm: Tipping the Balance – Tar Sands, Indigenous Rights and Community Resilience workshop and film screening.

After pausing for a few hours to catch our breath, we headed over to visit the lovely folks at Transition Heathrow in the evening, for a tar sands workshop, a screening of the new film ‘Tipping Point’, and an inspiring and fruitful discussion about how we can link up in working towards positive alternatives to dirty oil.

Sunday 17th April, 2pm: BP and Culture: Time to Break It Off!

Returning to London’s heart and centre of art, we targeted the Tate Modern with Rising Tide’s Great BP-Sponsored Sleep-In. Spot Steve’s teddy in this film of the action, which our film crew (Felix from You and I Films) edited on the train on the way up to Scotland (above).

photo by Amelia Gregory

Monday April 18th 7-9pm: Clean the Banks! RBS People’s AGM

Turning our focus towards RBS, we joined with our friends from WDM Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, People & Planet, PLATFORM and SEAD to hold a ‘People’s AGM’. We  heard First Nations speakers and Mel Evans from Platform offer a plethora of reasons why we should not be fooled by RBS’s greenwash, and then passed a variety of our own motions to force RBS to stop  financing dirty industries and clean up the environment –  motions noticeably absent from the real AGM.

Tuesday April 19th, 10:30 am: RBS AGM

We made sure to create an incredible spectacle at the entrance to the RBS AGM with drunken oily bankers sprawled everywhere. Inside the meeting Jasmine Thomas delivered a testimony from her community challenging RBS’s funding of Enbridge, which plans to build pipelines through her  territory.  Following the AGM, we were invited to meet face-to-face with RBS’s head of sustainability. Read more about the RBS AGM.