A message from 350.org's Bill McKibben!
As Donald Trump dismantles decades of progress on climate action and Indigenous rights, it is more important than ever for the rest of the world to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The best way to do that in Canada is by supporting Indigenous-led resistance against Big Oil.
As I see it, pulling together is what it’s really about at this point in the game. First Nations standing up to the fossil fuel industry in Canada are some of the strongest and most dedicated organizers anywhere. And, right now, Coast Salish nations resisting the tar sands are asking for our support. That’s why I’m going to be in Vancouver in two weeks to speak at a fundraiser to support First Nations taking the Kinder Morgan pipeline approval to court.
Here’s where you can get tickets -- which I’m told may sell out soon. I hope you can be there. I think your support will really matter:
What: ‘Pull Together’ fundraiser in Vancouver with Bill McKibben, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip from the UBCIC, Chief Jackie Thomas, and Jess Housty
When: Saturday, March 4th 2017 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: SFU Vancouver, 149 W Hastings St
Why: All of the funds raised will go towards supporting the legal fund for the Tsleil-Waututh and Cold Water First Nations as they take Prime Minister Trudeau's Kinder Morgan approval to court.
We’ve already seen the power of what we can accomplish when we stand together. When First Nations took the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline approval to court, thousands of us banded together to raise over $600,000 in support. In the end, the lawsuit was successful and the pipeline never saw the light of day. The Tsleil-Waututh and Cold Water First Nations can do the same for Kinder Morgan, but they need our backing. And even if the lawsuits don’t work, we’ll build the kind of solidarity necessary to stop this project by other means.
The event will feature a panel discussion on the gains that Indigenous-led movements are making around the world. I will have the honour of speaking alongside leaders, like Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Chiefs, on the future of our movements and the most strategic pathways forward for climate and environmental justice.
Let’s pull together in solidarity with Indigenous resistance to Kinder Morgan and keep the tar sands in the ground where they belong.
Many of us in the United States are bracing ourselves to lose some hard fought battles here at home. But even if Americans can’t look to our federal government for climate leadership, it’s comforting knowing that there are important battles taking place locally, regionally, and internationally in the fight against fossil fuels.
Whether we fight these battles in the courts, on the streets, or out on the land, our odds of winning are much better when we pull together and build our collective strength.
I hope to see you in Vancouver.
P.S. If you can’t make it on March 4th, I hope you will still consider donating to the Pull Together fundraising campaign. These communities need to raise $500,000 for their legal fund -- let’s help them get there. Click here to donate: www.Pull-Together.ca/