This alert was originally sent by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
GGJ and IEN will be sending off a small and fierce delegation to the 17th “Conference of Polluters” climate negotiations in Durban South Africa next week. GGJ and La Via Campesina North America are calling for a Global Week of Action for Climate Justice, centered around Saturday December 3rd when social movement groups will be staging a mass march through the industrial areas of South Durban. We invite all GGJ and LVCNA members and allies to plan an event to stop the 1% who profit from pollution, and to lift up community solutions that cool the planet! Read the Call to Action.
We’d like to invite you to ENDORSE 1000 DURBANS. TWO WAYS YOU CAN ENDORSE:
1) PLAN A 1000 DURBANS ACTION
• Post your action on the collective map at http://grassrootsclimatesolutions.net/
• Download and Print a Stop Profit From Pollution poster at http://ggjalliance.org/posters
Take a photo of your action with the poster, then
Send your photo by noon EST on Sunday Dec 4 to email@example.com
This will automatically post the photo and your brief description to our site: organizetogether.tumblr.com
We’ll print it to make a photo mural of all actions and display it when delivering the petitions to the State Department on Dec 5.
2) GATHER SIGNATURES FOR THE PETITION to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
GGJ, La Via Campesina and Grassroots International are calling on the State Department to Reject, Don’t Just Reroute the Keystone XL Pipeline project. (See more information below about Tar Sands and the Indigenous Environmental Network’s campaign to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Look under Videos and under Key Links and Resources.)
• Collect signatures. Click here to sign the online petition. Click here to download a printable petition that you can take to your events and actions to gather signatures. Our collective goal is to gather 5,000 signatures. What is your organization’s goal?
• Send petition signatures to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or (202) 543-0978 (fax) by 1pm EST on Sunday December 4.
We will hand deliver them to the State Department in DC on Monday December 5.
If you are endorsing, please e-mail email@example.com with your plans and contact person. Also let us know if you have questions or need additional support.
We are fully aware, despite the delay; it is still ‘business as usual.’ This has to become more than simply a delay. We will work to ensure this moment is remembered as the beginning of the end for the Alberta tar sands.”
–Indigenous Environmental Network
Read Below for the joint statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline petition!
On December 3 and 5th, social movements around the world will join in Global Days of Action for Climate Justice and Food Sovereignty. While government representatives from around the world gather in Durban, South Africa for UN climate negotiations, social movements around the world will join in global days of action. They hope to build “1000 Durbans for Climate Justice” around the world to denounce the system that helps corporations profit from polluting, and to lift up real community solutions that cool the planet.
Grassroots International is partnering with La Vía Campesina and Grassroots Global Justice in their call for members and allies to take action on December 3. You can be part of creating the “1000s of Durbans” by adding your voice today to stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline.
This pipeline would stretch 1,980 miles, from Alberta, Canada throughout the Western Plains and Midwest to Texas, carrying up to 900,000 barrels per day of crude oil produced from tar sands to be refined for shipment overseas.
In response to this threat, First Nations-Indigenous peoples have led a multi-year campaign to stop the tar sands, together with family farmers , environmental organizations, faith-based groups, youth and students, labor unions, and rural citizens living along the proposed pipeline in opposition to the proposed pipeline.
President Obama and the State Department announced on November 10 that they would seek a new environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, and are asking TransCanada Corporation to evaluate other options, such as rerouting the pipeline. We know that this decision came about as a result of the actions of a massive social movement to stop the pipeline.
While the Obama administration’s decision will delay the Keystone XL pipeline, there is still a very real threat that the pipeline could be approved in the future, with reroute plans as one alternative the corporation is considering. There are still other tar sands pipeline proposals on the horizon.
Nikhil Aziz Dena Hoff Michael Leon Guerrero
Grassroots International La Vía Campesina Grassroots Global Justice