Ever since the mass arrests protesting the Keystone pipeline last summer (the largest civil disobedience action in the U.S. in 30 years) there’s been renewed interest in confronting the fossil fuel industry and its political enablers.
The Alberta tar sands are one of North America’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, and New England is now set to become the next battleground in big oil’s relentless attempt to expand them. Thus far the climate movement and local organizing has blocked the oil industry’s attempts to ship tar sands oil through other routes, forcing them now to begin charting a path East through our communities by converting an old gas pipeline to ship heavy corrosive tar sands.
The Tar Sands Free Northeast campaign is making a plan to block big oil’s tar sands route east, and keep dirty oil in the ground where it belongs. When coming up against the power of the richest industry on earth, there is only one thing that’s really worked so far to stop them: powerful citizen actions.
We have a big one planned for this Sunday that we hope you will join:
Human Oil Spill Action at the Governors’ Conference – July 29
Hundreds of citizens will be gathering in Burlington this Sunday to send a message to the region’s political leaders that we don’t want tar sands oil in our region. New England’s Governors and Canadian Premiers will be meeting in Burlington, Vermont to discuss our region’s economic and political future. Citizens aren’t invited to attend, which means that our concerns about tar sands pipelines won’t be on their agenda. So we’ll do the next best thing to being inside: we’re staging a giant action that will put tar sands on the agenda for the media and anyone else watching.
We’re planning a massive human oil spill that will show the real risks of tar sands oil and send a simple message to our leaders: we will stand united to keep our land and water tar sands free. If you are ready to be part of a peaceful action and stand for tar sands free communities, please join us in sending this critical message. Here are the details:
Note: The human oil spill action follows a mass march that’s part of a weekend Convergence on the Conference. The march begins at noon at City Hall Park and will end at the Hilton Hotel.
What: Speak-out: Bill Mckibben joins First Nation and front line speakers–followed by a Human Oil Spill
When: Sunday July 29, 2:00 PM
Where: Gather at Battery Park in Burlington, Vermont and then we’ll convergence on the conference march. (Here’s a map)
How to prepare: Wear or bring black oil spill solidarity clothing or outer shell with living Earth colors underneath (life will rise again after our oil spill).
From the looks of things this action may be the largest direct action ever staged in New England to resist tar sands expansion. Though there may need to be many more actions before our job is done, at least one message won’t need to repeated after this Sunday: New England is definitely not the path of least resistance for tar sands expansion.
Until Sunday, in Burlingon