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Protect Streams, Rivers and Our National Parks with Reasonable Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program! – National Parks Conservation Association


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Claim: Shell Tried to Hide Global Warming Research by Releasing a Public Documentary

Watts Up With That?

Shell Oil Shell Oil. By Catherine Hammond (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

Back in 1991, Shell Oil released a public documentary video which raised serious concerns about anthropogenic global warming. This hasn’t prevented The Guardian from trying to claim it is all part of the oil industry coverup.

‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger

Public information film unseen for years shows Shell had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but has not acted accordingly since, say critics.

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave…

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Stop Cutting Down Vital Wildlife Habitat

A new policy plans to eliminate massive amounts of waterside vegetation. The policy was enacted to fight bushfires, but would put endangered species at risk and reduce water quality. Take a stand for conservation and demand a repeal of this policy.

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Congress wants MORE toxic gas in the air?

The Senate is about to vote on a measure that would block common-sense limits on the amount of dangerous methane gas leaking into the air. Tell your senators to stand against handouts to the oil & gas industry!

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Petition · President Donald Trump: leave Standing Rock alone. · Change.org


Stop Dams From Leaking Oil Into Columbia River

Dam operators must switch to eco-friendly oils in order to stop harmful substances from leaking into waterways thanks to a new ruling. Despite this ruling, they will be allowed to drag their feet while searching for alternatives. Demand that a timeline is set to remove pollutants from our rivers.

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10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles—And How You Can Help in 2017 | Global Justice Ecology Project

10 Indigenous and Environmental Struggles—And How You Can Help in 2017
By The Indigenous #NoDAPL Coalition
The Black Snake is not yet dead. Far from it. The corporations behind the Dakota Access pipeline made it clear that they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe.”

The winter camps will stand their ground as long as DAPL construction equipment remains on Oceti Sakowin treaty land. We can all continue to support them by emailing or calling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comment line at 202-761-8700 to ask when it will open the Environmental Impact Statement process to public comment. We can also keep pressure on the banks to divest with our international campaign to #DefundDAPL.

But while international attention has been on the Standing Rock Sioux and the #NoDAPL struggle, the Obama and Trudeau administrations have approved several other pipeline projects slated to run across indigenous territories from Canada to the U.S. and Mexico. The struggle to protect sacred lands from climate change, toxic pollution, and the fossil fuel industry continues to rage around the world.

In the year ahead, it is our hope that the energy and love we have received in our struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline can also be extended to other indigenous communities in their local battles. Here are ten struggles you could consider donating to, volunteering time for, or supporting in other ways:

  1. Trans-Pecos pipeline and Comanche Trail pipeline – Texas

In May 2016, the Obama administration approved two pipeline projects by Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind DAPL. The Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines would carry fracked gas from Texas into Mexico, where it will supply the Mexican energy grid. The Two Rivers camp is a resistance camp being erected in the face of the Trans-Pecos pipeline. Support their legal defense fund and camp fundraiser. Or support the efforts of No Trans Pecos Pipeline, the Big Bend Conservation Alliance, and the Frontera Water Protection Alliance as they organize against these pipelines.

  1. Copper One Rivière Doré Mine – Quebec, Canada

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have set-up a land protection camp at a proposed mining site in the heart of their territory, where core sample drilling for copper is scheduled to begin at any time. They have been camped for weeks to protect the headwaters of the Ottawa River, which could have catastrophic downstream effects if mined. The staked area is abundant with lakes, wetlands, and waterways and is also a crucial hunting and fishing area for Barriere Lake families. See their urgent call to action here and donate to the campaign or get involved here.

  1. Sabal Trail pipeline – Florida

The Sabal Trail pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas pipeline project, is being constructed from Alabama to Georgia to Florida. It threatens one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. The Sacred Water Camp and Water Is Life Camp are ongoing camps in need of supplies, experienced organizers, and other people. A mass civil disobedience event is being held in Florida. Get in touch here or donate to support the camps. Also support the organizing efforts of the SPIRET Foundation and Bobby C. Billie, one of the clan leaders and spiritual leader of the Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples, in their efforts to hold regulatory agencies accountable for support of the pipeline. Contact organizers Shannon Larsen or email Beth Huss. Keep up to date with events with all groups statewide at the Water Protector Alliance calendar.

  1. Line 3 pipeline – Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin

The massive Line 3 pipeline project approved by Canada’s federal government is designed to transport tar sands oil from the mines of Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, through the heart of Anishinaabe territory and some of the most beautiful lakes and rice beds in the world. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is challenging the Trudeau government’s approval of Line 3. Follow and support Honor the Earth’s work, learn about ongoing resistance to Line 3, and follow community members’ opposition to the pipeline here.

  1. Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline – Strathcona County, Alberta, to Burnaby, British Columbia

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also recently approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, which would transport tar sands oil from northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. The Sacred Trust is an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and a mandate to stop this project. You can donate here through RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) or Join their mailing list to follow this campaign and receive updates.

  1. Pilgrim pipeline – New York and New Jersey

The Ramapough Lunaape Nation, a community in the Ramapo Mountains currently face the threat of the Pilgrim pipeline, which would transport Bakken crude oil from Albany, New York, to Linden, New Jersey. Meanwhile, Spectra Energy continues to expand its pipeline network so that more fracked natural gas can be transported and ultimately exported out of the country. Read about the history of the Ramapough Lunaape here, follow the developments at Split Rock Prayer Camp, and follow ongoing efforts to resist continued Spectra expansion with the FANG Collective and Resist Spectra.

  1. Petronas/Pacific Northwest Terminal – Prince Rupert, British Columbia

The Petronas/Pacific Northwest Terminal is a proposed liquefied natural gas plant on traditional Lax Kw’alaams territory Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island) at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Plans call for a 48-inch diameter submarine pipeline to be dredged into estuary sediment to supply fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory. Ten Indigenous nations and 60,000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on fish there for food, commercial fishing, and cultural identity. The Lelu Island Camp has been set up on Lax Kw’alaams traditional territory to stop this terminal from being built without consent.

  1. Bayou Bridge pipeline – Louisiana

In 2017, Bold Louisiana, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes alliances to protect land and water in Louisiana, will focus on stopping the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline in a state that is experiencing climate devastation and coastline loss at an average rate of one football field of land every hour. This pipeline, a sister and end point to the Dakota Access pipeline, would run from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana. Support their efforts, follow their progress, or go to Baton Rouge to disrupt the Bayou Bridge public hearing on January 12.

  1. Diamond pipeline – Arkansas

Arkansas Rising is a collective of guardians working through direct action to stop the Diamond pipeline, a 20-inch diameter pipeline that would run 440 miles from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Memphis, Tennessee. The pipeline would cross more than 500 waterways, including five major watersheds. Construction has already begun. Donate to their efforts here.

  1. Atlantic Sunrise pipeline and Sunoco Mariner East pipeline – Pennsylvania

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is a proposed high-presure 42-inch diameter pipeline to carry fracked gas from Marcellus Shale to U.S. markets to the south. Members of Lancaster Against Pipelines and supporters have built a blockade, nicknamed “The Stand,” on a farm in Conestoga in Lancaster County in the path of a proposed route. They are refusing to grant right of way to the project and have said they will occupy it if construction begins. Visit the Clean Air Council for more information, find the schedule for public input here, and keep an eye out for an upcoming mobilization at Pennsylvania Against Atlantic Sunrise. The Sunoco Mariner East pipeline is a proposed natural gas liquid pipeline that would cross four states. The construction permits for the pipeline could be granted any day. Stay updated at Juniata Watershed People Before Pipelines. Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics are parent corporations of the Dakota Access pipeline and will be merging in the first quarter of 2017.

And we’ll suggest three more:

Support the long-running campaigns of Protect Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Unis’tot’en Camp in British Columbia, and Saving Oak Flat! at the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.

Comment – Extended information on the Sabal Trail pipeline:

The Sabal Trail pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas pipeline project, is being constructed from Alabama to Georgia to Florida. It threatens one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. Run by local folks impacted by the pipeline, The Sacred Water Camp and Water Is Life Camp are ongoing camps and in need of supplies, experienced organizers, and other people. A mass civil disobedience event is being held in Florida January 14 & 15th. Get in touch here or donate to support the camps. Contact organizers Shannon Larsen or email Beth Huss. Keep up to date with events with all groups statewide at the Water Protector Alliance calendar.
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‘Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline’ in Buffalo Jan. 8 | Global Justice Ecology Project

‘Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline’ in Buffalo Jan. 8
Posted on January 6, 2017 by GJEP staff

Storytelling event takes place at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY on Jan. 8 from 3-5 PM.

VeteransRespond, a new national service organization formed by veterans who participated in the massive deployment at Standing Rock, North Dakota in early December—is excited to announce their special presentation, Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, a one-day-only storytelling event featuring United States military veterans who stood at Standing Rock, joined by special guest Lakota Akicita warrior and leader, Michael Mato Tanka. Come experience the story of these veterans’ personal journeys to direct action in support of the Oceti Sakowin natives’ stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Standing Rock just a little over one month ago.

Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is the story of that journey. With unflinching candor and inspiring insight, Matthew Crane (US Navy), Joseph George (US Air Force), Brandee Paisano (US Navy and Pueblo-Laguna native), Mark Sanderson (US Army and Purple Heart recipient), and Neil Conway (US Navy) refract the eternal narrative of the returning warrior who battles to reconcile their actions and their hearts, driven by a deep desire to stand on the right side of history.

With a special appearance by Michael Mato Tanka (Oglala Lakota, descendant of Chief Red Cloud, Akicita Warrior, and US Marine), Warrior’s Call reveals what brought the veterans to Standing Rock, what they brought away from Standing Rock, and what we can all bring to the fight for our rights and our future. Moderated by actor/producer Trazz Johnson, this special event is a chance to hear firsthand what our new domestic battlefields look like, and how we can all heed the warrior’s call to action.

VeteransRespond is a new service organization founded in December 2016 by disabled veterans who were part of the advanced team at Standing Rock. They work to organize and coordinate highly trained veteran volunteers to provide relief and service work in environmental and man-made disaster sites all across the United States.

VeteransRespond was born out of the Standing Rock movement, which saw more than 4,000 veterans mobilize to Camp Oceti Sakowin and vicinity in defense of the Water Protectors and their allies standing against the DAPL. The overwhelming numbers and presence of these veterans—500 had originally been expected—helped to pressure the federal government into responding and finally denying the easement needed to drill under Lake Oahe. DAPL, a 1,172-mile pipeline to transport crude oil across the Midwest, jeopardizes the drinking water of millions of Americans, while simultaneously desecrating the sacred ground of the Lakota/Sioux nation. As sworn defenders of our country, these veterans felt called to use their training and skills to protect civilians against the domestic violence they witnessed, as manifested in the brutal tactics being deployed against them by state and local police authorities and oil company security. For some, that call to action became a journey to healing and community activism.

Right now, highly trained VeteransRespond volunteers are on the ground at work with the Lakota Tribes in Standing Rock, ND and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribes at Camp Toyahvale, Texas. Our team of veterans are providing specialized skills ranging from camp security; EMS and mass casualty trained medical volunteers; communications specialists; IT support and data analysts; and search and rescue patrols. In an organizational structure that veterans are familiar with from their military training and service, we provide skilled volunteers to areas in need where the Veterans can best assist the mission.

In Standing Rock, “They established a command team and an operational TOC [Tactical Operations Center], and are assisting with safety and security operations in the camp. I’m honored to have met these incredible veterans, who inspire as they continue their mission of service” (Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman, Hawaii 2nd District, and Iraqi War veteran).

Warrior’s Call: The Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is free and open to the public. (Donations in support of the ongoing work of VeteransRespond will be gratefully accepted.) General Admission seating; doors open at 3:00pm, with the Call starting at 3:30pm.

Special thanks to Righteous Babe Records and Babeville Buffalo for the use of Asbury Hall for this event.

Visit the Facebook event page for the showing of Warrior’s Call in Buffalo here.

For more information visit Veteransrespond.org and follow VeteransRespond on Facebook.

Category: Featured, Indigenous People, Social Media News Tags: Dakota Access, lakota, Standing Rock, veteransrespond

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