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The 12 best Global Climate March signs

Mon, 2015-11-30 03:50

On the eve of the biggest UN climate conference this decade, hundreds of thousands of people took part in Global Climate Marches all over the world calling for ambitious climate action in line with what science and justice demand.

The marches kicked-off with a 60,000 strong march in my home city of Melbourne, Australia and continued all over the world. Across Australia about 150,000 people turned out at marches in every capital city and in many regional areas.

Not only did Australia turn out for the marches, they also upped their sign making game for the occasion, with many of the best signs coming from here.

Needless to say, this Aussie is pretty proud of how things went this weekend.

You can never go wrong with a good pop-culture reference. People's Climate March Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia


— Antony Langmann (@AntonyLangmann) November 29, 2015

Some people had a go at some clever wordplay

First climate rally #peoplesclimate

— Anna Gero (@goannagero) November 29, 2015

People's Climate March Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia.


While others just got straight to the point. kiitg_forever

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (Photo: Eamon Ryan)





Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa


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Kathmandu, Nepal (Photo: Regan Sapkota)


Some beer aficionados had their priorities in order. DrRimmer_2015-Nov-29 1

Save the Ales in Sydney, Australia.


There is nothing wrong with getting a bit geeky

</coal> #peoplesclimate #Sydney

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) November 29, 2015

But a good human sign is where it’s at.  Gerald Niu

Photo: Gerald Niu


And sometimes you don’t even need words. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Just beautiful.

Photos From Day 1 of the Global Climate March that Bring Us Hope

Sat, 2015-11-28 18:01

Here are some of the inspiring photos from the first day of the Global Climate March that inspire us.

Al Jazeera mini documentary on the climate movement:

Wed, 2015-11-25 19:26

This is far and away one of the best videos we’ve seen about the kind of change and hope the climate movement is working hard to build. Need a dose of inspiration today? Watch:

This weekend, you’ve got a chance to get involved! The Global Climate March is shaping up to be a huge mobilization, coordinated by countless organizations large and small, and already comprising over 2,000 events around the world.


Get Ready for the Global Climate March

Wed, 2015-11-25 11:13

A thousand students from Rizal High School, in Pasig City, Philippines form a human banner that reads: “Act for our Future,” to call for a strong and fair global climate agreement ahead of the international climate talks in Paris


Across The Philippines, over 20 events, marches, and rallies are planned. In Manila, 20,000 people are expected to converge in Quezon City as part of a broad march with groups representing climate-impacted communities, faith organization, youth, labor, anti-coal and renewable energy.

More than 60 distributed events are planned across China with students coming together for a series of events including round table discussions, bike rides, screenings and more.

In Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul hundreds are taking to the streets to demand a just transition to 100% renewable energy. In Vietnam a big climate music festival is planned, bringing together more than 1500 youth.

In Japan, major actions will happen in both Kyoto and Tokyo. Each march will feature several live performances, as well as a mass photo action where people will come together as individuals to form one collective image.

Across the United States, marches will take place across the country — from Los Angeles to Austin, to Washington, DC up to New York City, thousands will gather in creative, art-filled actions in the name of climate justice.

Events are planned in Egypt’s two largest cities (Cairo and Alexandria) where thousands will be running to raise awareness on climate impacts and call for urgent climate action.

The divestment movement will be out in force worldwide, joining marches in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Melbourne, Wellington and more!

In Ottawa more than 10,000 will be marching for climate solutions and justice, while in Vancouver indigenous leaders will be heading a march joining the global call for climate action.

Australians will kick off the People’s Climate March across the world, with many thousands gathering in capital cities across the country including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth, as well as Melbourne and Sydney. The marches will be colourful, family friendly events, and will be attended by a diverse range of Australians, including firefighters, faith communities, unions and workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Pacific Islanders, farmers, health professionals, business people, artists and musicians.

In Kiev over 1000 people will be marching in the centre of the capital with planned street performances and music with a message to move from fossils and onto renewables.

A number of events will be taking place across the Pacific Islands. Climate marches are planned in Fiji, the Marshall Island and Kiribati, while in Papua New Guinea islanders will mobilise to send an urgent message to world leaders to transition to renewable energy to save their homes and humanity.

Thousands will be marching in Amsterdam’s climate parade showcasing how people are already taking the lead in tackling climate change and calling upon world leaders to catch up.

In Auckland, New Zealand, thousands of marchers demanding urgent climate action will kick off the first march with a mass participation “Haka,” a traditional Maori war dance.

In a remote corner of northern Tanzania, more than 1,000 Maasai will march for a global deal on renewable energy, through the town of Loliondo, on the edge of the Serengeti National Park, where they’ve faced government land grabs and extreme droughts, severely impacting their livestock.

In Nice, France, hundreds of people hit by major flooding last month will stage a flotilla action in Nice Harbour, calling for leaders in Paris to strike a global clean energy deal.

Former miners will march for climate and jobs in Durham, England, once a major mining community.

Hundreds of people in Ethiopia, forced to adapt to severe droughts, will march for a global deal on 100% renewable energy. In Senegal, eight different marches are planned across the country calling for a clean energy revolution.

London has The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs planned, which will be led by representatives from frontline communities from around the world. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, marches in are also planned in Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh.

Despite a brutal conflict in Yemen, people will take to the streets of the capital, Sanaa, to ‘confront climate change’ after the country was recently hit by two major cyclones and faces worsening droughts and extreme temperatures.

In Paris, where the government has prohibited the climate march from taking place due to security concerns in light of recent attacks in the city, a human chain will now take place from Place de la République to Nation with participants carrying the artistic visuals initially developed for the march. [PROJECTION??]

More than 5,000 cyclists will be taking over the center of Mexico City with marches also planned in Bogota, Colombia, Sâo Paulo, Brazil and Bolivia.

In Kampala, Uganda a huge march is planned to go through the city. The Pope is visiting the country that same weekend and will receive a letter asking the Vatican to divest emphasising the moral call to divest from fossil fuels and make a just transition towards a world powered by 100% renewable energy.

In Germany, a network of environmental and development groups, and other major movement-building organisations will organise a large march in Berlin for a 100% renewable future and a quick phase-out of coal in Germany

Time to Get Off the Fence

Wed, 2015-11-25 03:20

Why Climate Justice connects us all to the Black Lives Matter activists shot by white supremacists in Minneapolis.

Last night, Andy Pearson of MN350 was with the Black Lives Matter protesters at the #4thPrecinctShutDown when shots were fired. The encampment is demanding accountability (eg names of the officers and the release of police videotape) after the murder of unarmed black man Jamar Clark at the hands of police.

Andy heard the shots and saw people running away. 5 protestors were shot by white supremacists. The injured protesters were taken to the hospital and one underwent overnight surgery. The next day Andy challenged all of us, “If you’ve ever wondered what you’d do if you were alive during the civil rights era, now’s the time to find out.”  

Photo of two white supremacists, one carrying a pistol, who came to #4thPrecinctShutDown. Photo: @BlackLivesMLPS

Photo of two white supremacists, one carrying a pistol, who came to #4thPrecinctShutDown. Photo: @BlackLivesMLPS


It should be no secret that we are in a heightened level of racist backlash in this country — and around the world. In the last two weeks alone, we have witnessed the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Mali, and the violent and xenophobic backlash in its wake, often emerging as fear and hate crimes against Syrian refugees.

We have footage of people at a recent Trump rally beating and choking a black man — all while calling him the n-word and “monkey” for saying “Black Lives Matter.” The man was arrested while the attackers went free. Trump later bragged about the violence saying “he deserved to get roughed up” and after his supporters beat a homeless Latino man, he called them “enthusiastic.”

These are only a few of the many forms of insidious threats against communities of color, particularly black people, that persist in our justice system, that create inequities in access to clean air and water, and that feed a cycle of division and prejudice.  

Addressing climate change means replacing the old unequal systems with a new world; it requires us to fight racism and climate change hand-in-hand. Our movement gets weaker when we talk about climate change only through the lens of saving the environment.  It gets stronger when we can talk fluidly about how climate change impacts our people, is about racial and economic justice, is about reconnecting to our spiritual roots, is about the daily problems people face.  For us, fighting climate change is about fighting against a system that devalues the Earth, treats all natural resources as commodities, and devalues individuals and refuses to see each person as infinitely valuable.

That is why we join MN350 in their declaration:

“MN350 organizes for climate justice: We recognize and seek to address the deep connections between the injustices that perpetuate racism, inequality, and runaway climate change.  Today, the leaders, staff and activists who work with MN350 send their thoughts and prayers to the family of Jamar Clark and those who were the victims of white supremacist violence last night and too many times before. ‪#‎Justice4Jamar‬”


Prayers for justice from Minneapolis. Photo: @BlackLivesMLPS

If you have been “on the fence” on this issue — whether by lack of action or feeling disconnected from it — now is the time to get off the fence.  This Thursday, as many of us gather to give thanks with our families, is a great opportunity for all of us to help our relatives understand why climate justice work is work for peace and racial justice.  Wherever you are, really talk about why racial justice matters — talk it out with others, even those who disagree with you.

Looking for resources to take a stand right now?  Today Chris Crass published a free e-book called Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter. 350 staffer Daniel Hunter has also released free copies of the organizing guide: Building a Movement Against the New Jim Crow.

We’ll close with more encouragement for boldness from Andy: “I wasn’t alive in the 1960s and so don’t know what that time in our history felt like. When white terrorists can hang out at a police precinct, shoot a bunch of black people, and walk away into the night, we have a deep and systemic problem.  I know that what happened last night is wrong, profoundly wrong, and makes me think on how much work there still is to do. ”

With love and justice,

 – Everette Thompson, Daniel Hunter, Joshua Kahn Russell, and Yong Jung Cho, for

Back to the future: Finnish filmaker shoots in Siberia

Tue, 2015-11-17 15:49

We continue to publish the top blogposts from the contest organized by in EECCA region. The next blogpost by Anastasia Laukkanen is about the very center of Siberia.  We all know that what we are thinking today will determine our tomorrow. But the opposite is also true. How we imagine our future determines what we are doing today. 

Anastasiya Laukkanen, 20/07-2015. The original version (in Russian) was posted at Bellona website.

In 2009, a Finnish filmmaker whose name, John Webster, would rather suit an English poet, shot an ironic documentary entitled “Recipe for Disaster” about how he forced his family to live without fossil fuels for a year. It was the first cinematic experiment of this kind that was then repeated on film by families from other countries with greater or lesser success. In Finland, the film toured all of the cinemas, the adventurous filmmaker’s wife, poor thing, became something of a national hero, and the idea to arrange the screening in Moscow resulted in an entire “green” film festival.

The story of the Finnish family, of course, didn’t end when the film’s credits rolled. Webster started working on ideas for a sequel almost immediately after it. This time, there were no homemade toothpaste and attempts to self-produce electricity. From counting just how much waste one particular family produces today, Webster moved on to the abstract future. He is shooting his new film for his great-great-great-granddaughter.

Look, can you imagine your future? What will your children’s world be like? Your grandchildren’s? And great-grandchildren’s? With all possible data taken into account, from the world ocean level, its oxidation, temperature, pollution, glacial melting. To the expansion of  fossil fuel extraction, population increase and automation, the picture in the minds of those who follow all these data is hardly the most optimistic.

At the same time, Webster understands full well that there’s no way to change our industrial and postindustrial world with just a clap of the hands.  Plants aren’t closing down, the methods of coal, oil and gas extraction get dirtier and more dangerous, and urbanization with its machine-TV-air-condition-you-name-it consequences will hardly slow down, either. This situation is sad and displeasing for a responsible and practicing environmentalist. You know everything but you can’t really do anything. This is why John Webster launched this long-term project of a cinematic confession to his great-great-great-granddaughter.

Heap of coal in Helsinki

The coal arriving in trains from Russia is stored in the open air right in the middle of Helsinki - Photo courtesy of Finnish energy company HELENThe coal arriving in trains from Russia is stored in the open air right in the middle of Helsinki – Photo courtesy of Finnish energy company HELENThe idea to do the shooting in Russia came from a huge heap of coal right in  downtown Helsinki. In spite of its countless green aspects, Helsinki is still heated with the coal from Kuzbass.  And it will remain so until 2050 (this is the city’s self-imposed deadline to move entirely to renewable energy sources ). And in the meantime, the coal arrives in trains from Russia and lies in the open air right in the middle of the city before everyone’s eyes. Like … loads of coal. And this didn’t make anyone but Webster wonder about it.

“I want to trace the entire path of the coal from Kuzbass to Helsinki.” Webster explained his complicated plan to me on Skype. “We’ll be shooting the functioning mines, talking to the miners, to the mayor of Novokuznetsk, to the chargemen, and then we will take a train and film people in second class and talk to them about the future for four days!”

It was impossible not to join this plan. Although I started wondering about the trip as soon as we began working on the interviews with unsuspecting second-class passengers.

The "Yellow Boots" film crew at Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow, May 20, 2015 - Photo courtesy of John Webster

The “Yellow Boots” film crew at Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow, May 20, 2015 – Photo courtesy of John Webster

“How exactly do you want to ask them about the future?”, I kept asking.

“Well, what they think about the global warming and climate change, whether they feel responsibility in from of the coming generations, what they are doing to prevent the environmental catastrophe…” John spoke confidently.

Instantly I remembered how I was filling in an application for some international environmental forum. One of the questions asked to describe in detail what environmental problems my fellow countrymen are concerned with. I got stuck at this question and started calling friends from WWF and Green Peace. Eventually, I answered briefly: “None.” I even gave an explanation.

So, I could only with difficulty imagine us throwing ourselves at people with questions on global climate change. And we decided to take the long way round and ask people about their grandparents first, about the world they lived in, about how they themselves see the world in the future and – attention, we’re trying to ask a question without giving an answer – what problems the future generations will have to deal with.

John waved off my skepticism and joyfully load almost one hundred kilos of filming equipment onto the “Moscow – Irkutsk” train as well as an extra remarkable suitcase with Finnish vodka and chocolate. We were accompanied by a well-known Finnish cameraman, a sound girl with microphone sticks of all kinds, and the crew manager. It was kinda hard not to notice us on the train.

Come what may except war

I’ll say it right away. In his three weeks in Siberia, John Webster hasn’t heard once, one single time from one person, the slightest concern about the global climate change. “I can’t believe this”, John couldn’t stop laughing at himself, “I am making a film about the warming and climate change, and not a single person actually utters these words during the whole trip.”

It turned out that speaking about the future was hard. If ancestors were remembered with pleasure, the next generations beyond the most immediate one were lost in the mist of mystery. I won’t be focusing on the general confidence of males barely in their 50s that their time is over and there’s no need to think ahead (something shocking for Nordic long-livers). Even the familiar (at first sight) story of Mikhail, who began planting peach trees in the garden when retired ended with an unexpected explanation: “Why plant ’em? Well, just for mysel’. I like it, always wanted to have peaches in the garden. What? Grandchildren? Oh no, what would they need my peaches for?”

Without the environmental leads coming directly from us, our train passengers’ main concern for the future could be summarized as “come what may except war.” You can live through the rest. The rest isn’t as scary. Water, woods? Oh, we got plenty of water and woods, we shouldn’t be worried about it. The taiga is forever, coal is forever, the water is enough for us too. If the air gets a little worse, we’ll install an air purifier in the apartment; some people already have one. At the same time, railway carriages whirred behind the backs of our optimistic interlocutors, carriages and carriages again, whole days and nights filled with carriages, loaded with wood, coal, oil… I never noticed how many trains like this cross Siberia. In a few days, the mayor of Novokuznetsk tells us that his region alone loads about 10,000 boxcars a day. A day.

The mayor, by the way, took a long time to enumerate all of the merits and aspects of the great future of the coal industry in the region. “Can you imagine things can be different?”  John interrupted him. “Finland may well drop coal from use, as with other European countries. There’ll be no demand…” Not a single muscle moved in the mayor’s face. “That will never happen!” he said with confidence. “Nothing will change here for a long time”.

Sound editor Elena Petrosyan at the filming site in Kaltynsky coal strip mine, Kuzbass, May 2015 - Photo courtesy of John Webster

Sound editor Elena Petrosyan at the filming site in Kaltynsky coal strip mine, Kuzbass, May 2015 – Photo courtesy of John Webster

In a mining town of Osinniki near Novokuznetsk, we talked to young guys whose fathers and grandfathers had always worked in the mine, and whose children, they hope, will work there as well. John Webster’s concerns about the future and his reasoning he himself is responsible for the happy life of his great-great-granddaughter most often were responded to with a grin.

“Mister filmmaker shouldn’t worry about it”, they said to me while patting Webster’s shoulder. “Everything’s gonna be alright. We can do that. He shouldn’t take what he can’t carry”.

Decisive moment?

It has been repeated many times during the entire history of the environmental movement that the current moment is decisive. That the current way to dispose of so many things in the air must be changed now. Otherwise, it may be too late. Otherwise, the consequences will be unpredictable. Despite climate change never receiving an “urgent” status on the politicians’ agenda, more and more money is being spent on the development of startling (in terms of their scale and risks) geoengineering projects.

For example, building the artificial cloud shield between the Earth and the Sun. Another popular option is an escape from planet Earth altogether.

This reminds one of the panicky tone that has long been heard in the environmentalists’ voices.

But do that many people understand not only the need to act, but also understand at all what is happening to the earth, the air, the water around us? And how are we supposed to look at our entire Siberian trip and the people we met?

What is this, ignorance? Optimism? Fatalism? Indifference? And who will be looking for solutions if all of these feelings can be seen from both the “top down” and “bottom up”?

A Weekend of Knowledge and Action in the Midwest

Tue, 2015-11-17 11:40

By Lorenzo Backhaus, junior at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

This past Halloween weekend, I joined over a hundred other young people from across several states at the Midwest Youth Climate Convergence, a climate movement meetup in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After the three-day convergence, I took part in an escalated action against the expansion of Enbridge pipelines carrying tar sands and fracked oil. The whole weekend was a life-changing experience.

I’m a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater studying Environmental Science. My student organization S.A.G.E. (Students Allied for a Green Earth) sent me to gain knowledge and ideas to bring back and share. Gatherings like this are valuable not only for the knowledge gained, but also for the opportunities they present to meet new people and form new relationships.

For much of the convergence, participants split into three tracks: green economy, divestment and reinvestment, and tar sands. I chose tar sands. We did different activities to get to know one another and how we felt about the issue. We had a chance to hear Audrey Thayer, an organizer and educator from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, enlighten the group about indigenous treaty rights and inform us on how important it is to know which treaties are established in our area. Our breakout group was small, but the discussion and connections made a very strong impact on us all.

On the final day of the convergence, we spent most of our time in our track talking about next steps — what each individual would take from the experience and how they would implement it into taking action. Discussions were shared within the tracks providing future ideas and goals that people wanted and would carry out. We committed to carry on this organizing and reconnect as a group via phone to continue campaign planning. To end the weekend at the convergence, everyone got together one last time for some closing activities and goodbyes. An incredible weekend had came to a close for many, but my experience would continue for a couple more days.

We were given the opportunity to take part in a protest the following day in Duluth, Minnesota, about two and a half hours north of Minneapolis by car. Some people who helped organize the convergence had also taken part in organizing this protest along with many other groups and indigenous leaders from northern Minnesota. The protest was to target Enbridge Energy, a Canadian company that is currently building oil pipelines across the Midwest. Organizers intended to deliver a set of demands to Enbridge in an escalated way asking for full consultation with native peoples throughout the pipeline planning process as well as full environmental impact statements for each project which would take climate and other considerations into account..

I heard of the opportunity and could not turn it down. The pipelines we would be protesting are planned to go through native land, and the native people do not approve. One of the pipelines comes very near my college in Whitewater. A bunch of us left straight from the convergence and carpooled north in a caravan to Duluth that Sunday night.

It was mid-evening by the time we got to Duluth, but our night wasn’t over yet. We all met up in an organizer’s home for a couple hours of non-violent direct action training and action planning. After a bunch of thought over the past few days, I had decided to be part of the group that would risk arrest if our demands to Enbridge were not answered, and the seven of us broke off for part of the evening to plan specifically what we would do and consult regarding potential legal ramifications.

The protest began the following day around noon at a community center a few blocks away from an Enbridge office and public plaza. We arrived early, and as noon grew closer we witnessed so many people arriving from various communities across the region — about 200 people in total. We listened to native elders speak as well as native drummers play music. Everyone got to enjoy an amazing lunch (fry bread and wild rice!) and then the march began. We marched down the streets, as one powerful movement, chanting and showing our signs.

The group roared down the streets and turned heads as we made our way to the Enbridge office. Once we arrived, we stormed in and made our presence known. The drummers came in after minutes of the crowd chanting and played soulful music to show Enbridge the people would not go out without a stand. Myself, along with six others, volunteered to risk arrest. This meant to stay longer after we were asked by police to leave. We refused to go until the Enbridge office agreed to read our letter addressing demands regarding treaty rights and environmental regulations. The protest went on after the police arrested the seven of us, which showed bystanders and Enbridge that the people were not going to give up.

Us seven arrestees received trespassing citations and were released later that night. We knew the protest had successfully captured public attention when we saw it (and ourselves) come up many times on the evening news that was playing on the TV inside the jail where we were being processed, which was a somewhat surreal experience. News of the protest went viral and even made international headlines. The protest was a success!

These experiences were life changing. I gained a plethora of knowledge and met a ton of new people. It was the most powerful event I’ve ever been a part of, and the feeling of success afterward cannot be explained in words. The weekend influenced me to strive to make a bigger difference and to let nothing get in my way. The protest proved that the people can be bigger than the system, it just takes effort and passion. We can make a difference, and be the change!


Tue, 2015-11-17 00:08

There are times when words are hard to come by, and when you find them they feel inadequate.

I’m writing you from France, with a heavy heart. Following Friday’s attacks in Paris, the mood here is tense. People are angry, and many are afraid. Many of our staff members are in Paris to get ready for the climate talks in a couple of weeks, and they are feeling the pain of this moment sharply.

I am heartbroken — for the lives lost in Paris, and for those lost in Beirut and Baghdad, which also suffered devastating attacks late last week. Clearly the world is hurting in many places right now.

As we’ve struggled to find the right words and the right response to Friday night’s attacks, one thing rises to the top for me:

The upcoming Paris Climate Summit is, in a sense, a peace summit — perhaps the most important peace summit that has ever been held.

We need global solidarity more than ever right now, and that is, really, what this movement is all about. Even as climate change fans the flames of conflict in many parts of the world — through drought, displacement, and other compounding factors — a global movement that transcends borders and cultural differences is rising up to confront this common existential threat.

Let’s hang on to that solidarity and love. Let’s learn from it. Especially at a time like this.

Friday night’s events were horrific, and we must clearly and unequivocally condemn such violence. Their aftermath has also been frightening though, and we should stand in equal condemnation of the instinct to meet violence with more violence. It is a cycle as old as it is ugly: after tragedy comes the rush to judgement, the scapegoating, the xenophobia and Islamophobia, the blame.

There is a real danger here that those already impacted by both the climate crisis and the wars that are so intimately bound up with it — migrants, refugees, poor communities, and communities of color — will be further marginalized.

If there is a thing we must resist, it is our own fear and short-sightedness. No government should use a moment like this to increase the burden of hatred and fear in the world — sowing suspicion, calling for war, and reducing people’s civil liberties in the name of security. This is a mistake we’ve seen too often before, compounding tragedy with more tragedy.

The Paris Climate Summit, scheduled to begin in just a couple of weeks, will proceed. The government is promising heightened security measures, which is understandable but also worrisome.

We don’t yet know what Friday night’s events mean for our work in Paris. The coalition on the ground is committed to working with the French authorities to see if there is a way for the big planned march and other demonstrations to safely go forward. We fully share their concerns about public safety — just as we fully oppose unnecessary crackdowns on civil liberties and minority populations.

We do know that this global movement cannot and will not be stopped:

The Global Climate March — a worldwide day of action scheduled for November 28th and 29th — will also proceed, no matter what. We can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement’s push for peace and hope.

We hope you’ll join us at the end of the month.

There couldn’t be a more important time to work for climate justice, and the peace it can help bring.

Why fossil fuel stock prices are doomed

Mon, 2015-11-16 19:18

Numerous fossil fuel divestment campaigners have pointed to the stock markets lately to tell trustees that they are losing significant funds by not divesting. It’s true; fossil fuel stocks have lost 30 cents on the dollar in the last 21 months alone.* That translates to big money when looking at large institutional investor portfolios like pension funds and school endowments.

The reflex response from the Chief Investment Officers, trustees, and investment professionals (not to mention the oil industry) has been: ‘you’re cherry picking, it’s cyclical.’ What they mean is that there are ups and downs in the price of oil and the value of stocks throughout history. They’re long-term investors so they should ride this out until oil prices climb back up to $100/barrel and the stocks rise with it.

There is one major problem with calling this a downturn cycle. In fact, by calling low fossil fuel stock prices a normal ride through the peaks and valleys of the stock market, they are ignoring the elephant in the room – climate change.

Unfortunately, for those CIOs and Trustees, climate change is not on a business cycle (well, maybe a ten thousand year business cycle, but I don’t know of any long-term investors who take it that far).

If you factor in climate change and the correlated political and economic shifts (think fossil fuel regulation, renewable energy becoming more competitive, higher cost oil extraction projects, etc.), this ain’t no normal cyclical downturn. And as we are seeing with the coal industry (and witnessed with Kodak and Blockbuster), there are ups and downs, until there aren’t anymore.

There is a new complex stock market that is reflecting a new complex economy. Agriculture is shifting in formative ways to adjust to drought and heat. Real Estate, Insurance, Utilities, Transportation, Health Care; almost every sector in the stock market is going through major changes as global warming rearranges the status quo. For example, the California drought pushed ranchers to move 100,000 cattle across state lines, leading to the closure of one of the nation’s largest packing plants.   

Investors are going to have to rethink strategies and integrate climate and carbon into their vision of the world market place. But the Energy sector is different – fundamentally different – especially when it comes to carbon risk.

There is a simple and clear limitation to the production of fossil fuels. And we’re there; we have about hit our limit. The declining value of fossil fuel stocks can’t be cyclical, because there isn’t a long enough future in fossil fuels for an upswing.

A recent report by the University of Cambridge detailed the material risk of climate change to investment portfolios and found that, “Short-term shifts in market sentiment induced by awareness of future climate risks could lead to economic shocks and losses of up to 45 percent in an equity investment portfolio value.”

Those major losses are advancing the divestment dialogue this year. California’s pensions systems lost more than $5 billion on their fossil fuel holdings last year. The Massachusetts state pension fund lost $521 million in value from their fossil fuel stocks over the past year (that’s a 28% decline!). And if calculated as an opportunity cost – what would have happened if you had divested – most funds are looking at a huge missed opportunity.  

The University of Cambridge report wasn’t groundbreaking. The growing risk to the economy and investment funds because of climate change has been reported by the financial giants of the world; HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Standard and Poor’s, CitiBank, The Bank of England, and my favorite mainstream awakening Jim Cramer –  to name a few. If investors don’t wake up to the doom in their portfolios and heed the call from Go Fossil Free campaigners…well… let’s just say, we’re already way passed “I told you so.”


*fossil fuel stocks as defined by the MSCI World Energy Index


200 Californians #StandwithKern

Fri, 2015-11-13 01:18

On November 9, folks from around the state stood alongside the communities directly impacted by fracking. Using the hashtag #StandwithKern we captured the happenings of the day and those who supported our action from afar.

Leading up to the meeting, community members organized a 4-day fast in the tradition of Cesar E. Chavez to call attention to the environmental health issues they experience due to fracking and oil extraction.

While the ordinance was passed, we were successful in showing that our movement is strong, united, and growing by the day.

See the highlights below.

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VIDEO: 1,000 millennials take the streets for justice

Thu, 2015-11-12 20:08


We’ve got the chills.

On Monday, young people showed that they’re building the kind of cross-movement alliances that we need to change what’s politically possible in this country. This movement of movements is broad, diverse, and powerful!

In an epic demonstration of unity, 1,000 young people took the streets of Washington, D.C. for justice on race, climate, and immigration. This mobilization brought together a truly unprecedented coalition: the movements for climate justice, for black lives, for prison and fossil fuel divestment, for immigrant justice, and beyond.

And wow, was it amazing! Just see for yourself:

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Together, we share a vision for a new, better economy that works for all of us: one that keeps fossil fuels in the ground; protects the lives of black, brown, poor, and immigrant communities; and reinvests in healthy jobs and renewable energy.

This is a huge deal. It’s not the usual suspects mobilizing together anymore. We’re approaching a turning point that will lead us closer to justice across our movements — justice that doesn’t require a prefix.

Communities of color are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and that crisis drives displacement too. All our fights are connected. If we want to win, then we must build power together.

We’re going to use this momentum to keep building the power we need. It won’t be easy, but together, anything is possible.

In hope and solidarity,

Deirdre, Katie, Sara, and Yong Jung

VIDEO: 1,000 millennials take the streets for justice

Thu, 2015-11-12 19:53


We’ve got the chills.

On Monday, young people showed that they’re building the kind of cross-movement alliances that we need to change what’s politically possible in this country. This movement of movements is broad, diverse, and powerful!

In an epic demonstration of unity, 1,000 young people took the streets of Washington, D.C. for justice on race, climate, and immigration. This mobilization brought together a truly unprecedented coalition: the movements for climate justice, for black lives, for prison and fossil fuel divestment, for immigrant justice, and beyond.

And wow, was it amazing! Just see for yourself:

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Together, we share a vision for a new, better economy that works for all of us: one that keeps fossil fuels in the ground; protects the lives of black, brown, poor, and immigrant communities; and reinvests in healthy jobs and renewable energy.

This is a huge deal. It’s not the usual suspects mobilizing together anymore. We’re approaching a turning point that will lead us closer to justice across our movements — justice that doesn’t require a prefix.

Communities of color are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and that crisis drives displacement too. All our fights are connected. If we want to win, then we must build power together.

We’re going to use this momentum to keep building the power we need. It won’t be easy, but together, anything is possible.

In hope and solidarity,

Deirdre, Katie, Sara, and Yong Jung

Run For Your Life

Wed, 2015-11-11 20:38
In the European arctic, where temperatures have already risen 1.5°C, a small stone is finding its place in a big history. This video is the story of Jenni Laiti, an indigenous artivist and climate organizer, who is working to protect her way of life from the ravages of a changing climate. This is the opening ceremony of RunForYourLife, a day and night relay that is passing this small stone to Paris and the start of the COP21 mobilizations. The words that inspired this event are from a Sàmi poem: “Take a stone in your hand and close your fist around it until it starts to beat, live, speak and move.” The Sàmi remind us: “WE STILL SPEAK EARTH”. You can also keep checking the website and watch the livestream of this relay!

More about the relay:

“You can’t run to Paris by yourself, but we can do it together. We will start in the Arctic region and end in Paris at the climate conference COP21. The race will cover over 4000 kilometres and last for about 20 days, running around the clock and involving thousands of people. Every participant will tell their own story and relate their personal reasons for running in this race. Local events will be organised all along the route the relay will take.”

100 #noKXL victory thanks (out of thousands)

Wed, 2015-11-11 16:17

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Shortly after President Obama announced his rejection of Keystone XL, we launched a “Thank You Card” to the #noKXL movement to thank everyone who made this victory possible.

Thousands on thousands of messages have been sent — beautiful, heartfelt, and ready for more victories together.

Here are 100 of those messages that paint the picture of the gratitude and excitement that is out there in the movement after this important victory:

“Thank you to the marchers, the indigenous leaders, phone-bankers, the banner makers, the artists, the email blasters, the rally cheer-leaders, the ranchers, the union supporters, the seniors and the students, Thank you to the movement leaders and visionaries and the bus organizers and riders. Thank you to those who were arrested and to those who supported! We have a hard-won symbolic victory in this life-long struggle. We have the passion and the power. To change everything we need everyone. Onward and Upward!” Deirdre A. – New York, NY

“Hope is a thing we build together. Thank you for your courage to build hope while others were trying to build pipelines. May this be just a beginning.” Marla M. – Arlington, MA

“It’s been a tough four years and many of us spent many long hours campaigning and knocking on doors. We’ve worked so hard and the victory lies with those who fought against KXL being built through their land. My heart goes out to them and I thank them for enduring the worst of it on the front lines. Thank you everyone. And thank you President Obama.” Anthony . – Springfield, VA

“A million special thanks to all the First Nations people and farmer landowners who worked tirelessly to prevent the Keystone XL Pipeline. Hurray!!!” Sylvia G. – Concord, MA

“Activism is hard – thanks for taking a stand and doing the hard thing that was right. ” Isabella S. – Saint Paul, MN

“Speechless. Weary. Teary. Grateful. Hopeful. Activated. Grateful.” Shira W. – , MA

“YES! YES! YES! AWESOME!! Thank you so much!! Someone in Oklahoma appreciates you!” Tracy S. – Salina, OK

“I commend your bravery and hard work. The fight is surely not over, but you’ve gotten us over a huge climate change hurdle. I thank you for the world’s children, who will hopefully still be able to live long and prosperous lives on this planet we call home. ” Kimi M. – Basalt, CO

“Struggle is long but hope is longer!” Anna F. – Kensington, MD

“Thank you for allowing my children and I to be a part of something that – I truly believe has made history and will be much talked about in the decades to come. Onwards and upwards!” Virginia B. – Charlottesville, VA

“I teach environmental history at a Wisconsin university and am thrilled that I will be able to share with my students this great example of how ordinary people can take action to make a difference in shaping a better world!” Christine D. – La Crosse, WI

“Thanks to everyone, especially those courageous people who got arrested! This is your victory. ” Nicki H. – Fargo, ND

“With deep appreciation for the time, energy, and courage it took to defeat this potentially devastating Keystone pipeline, I am truly grateful. Thank you for fighting the good fight! ” Marsha D. – Louisville, KY

“Words can not express the gratitude & pride that I feel knowing that our solidarity & persistence has made this historic moment a reality. This is a huge victory for those of us concerned about the future of our planet and its sustainability. Of course we can expect the opposition to increase their attacks , lies & misinformation. But we have proven that when we stand United, we can defeat the Climate Deniers!! ” Rose S. – Dallas, TX

“What a victory! Let’s keep going!” Kimberly S. – Springfield, NE

“A hearty “thank you” for your time and commitment. We all benefit–and we know it’s not over yet, so keep the faith.” M K. – Mount Pleasant, SC

“Many of you have taken risks and made sacrifices to put your bodies, minds and futures in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline, If I could I’d want to thank each and everyone of you who has stood up to the Oil companies and the government, for the sake of all of us, our kids and our planet.

Well done, you are, now and forever 21st century heroes. Onwards to Paris!” Neil R. – , Scotland

“As one of the more than 1250 arrested at the White House in Aug of 2011 I stand with all my brothers and sisters who have waged a peaceful battle in solidarity for a livable planet.” John A. – Drumore, PA

“Together we have REAL power. This is only the beginning.” Malena M. – Petersburg, AK

“Thank you for your passion.” Bonnie R. – Payette, ID

“I am ecstatically in tears right now, tears of joy and gratitude for all the hard work everyone put in to oppose this terrible project. We win! We win! Now fight on for more victories over fossil fuel extraction and burning!” Monica H. – Oak Park, IL

“When people unite to make a strong statement, it is much more likely to bring the desired result. We did it! Thanks so much to all who spoke up loud and clear.” Elizabeth T. – Pensacola, FL

“I am grateful for all the love in peoples hearts that calls them to action for natures rights, human rights, justice, and just plain good intelligence. I could go on forever. Hurrah all you brave and striving ones, may we win our world for future generations together.” Premilla N. – Highfalls, NY

“This isn’t the only good news in our fight against the dirty energy incumbents, but it’s the best news. This was hard fought and it feels fantastic. It didn’t have to be this way. We could’ve worked with the fossil fuel industry. They knew the truth. But instead they mocked us, and they lied, and they turned it into a zero sum game. It was their choice to make, but it’s our victory to savor this time. Rejecting Keystone is ultimate expression of rational thought and leadership. We demand change and government follows, not the other way around. You are the people who made it happen. Don’t stop. Don’t get cocky. So much is left to accomplish.” Michael B. – Los Angeles, CA

“Your relentless action, awe-inspiring activism, and deeply grounded optimism are keeping oil in the ground! And the rejection of KXL will invariably prove to be a keystone moment of extra large proportions in this courageous and beautiful journey as more and more come to realize how vital it is that we truly respect and nurture Mother Earth as she so generously does for us!” Thom H. –  Sausalito, CA

“To those arrested, to those who marched, to those who raised their voices, to those who wrote letters, editorials, op ed pieces… to each one of you: may you be blessed as you work to save our planet. With endless gratitude.” Michael N. – Houston, TX

“What a thrill–we are on a roll now. On to Paris and beyond!” Kathryn A. – Salt Lake City, UT

“It’s because of YOUR courage and hard work that Obama was FORCED to reject Keystone XL. YOU deserve all the credit on this!” Fai B. – Buffalo, NY

“Special thanks for the brave first nations people, whose stamina and common sense was so crucial for this success. Thanks to all who walked the talk.” Birgitt F. – Greenbelt, Md, MD

“Wado (thank you) No XL Pipeline on treaty lands” Dave K. – Townsend, GA

“Without the efforts of thousands of just normal everyday citizens, XL would still be moving forward. Thank you all!” John E. – Boulder, CO

“Thank you for making this a priority–you have changed all of our lives, world-wide, for the benefit of all.” Karla L. – LaPorte, CO

“You are awesome” Max W., England

“Thanks to everyone who came together over many months and even years to put a stop to this! We all know there is a better future for energy, as well as for our lives across the planet because of it!” Suzanne B. – Minneapolis, MN

“Biggest thanks to the organizers of the small groups all over the 2 countries who fought the most against Keystone! If not for them, this movement would not be where it is now. It’s easy to join in, but very hard to lead when your followers are few at the start. Now there’s a base for groups to join together in a movement. Thank you to the leaders!!!” Nancy H. – Kenmore, WA

“While the entire process involved anxiety and stress, what kept us all going was the dedication and commitment of everyone who never gave up and kept it going. Thank you seems an insufficient expression, but thank you it is.” Lynn N. – Stratford, CT

“Thanks so much to EVERYONE who put themselves on the front lines of this fight. I thank you, my children thank you, and my grandchildren thank you!” Gina B. – Westlake Village, CA

“From the smallest to the largest sacrifice, THANK YOU to all for your help in encouraging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL.” Margaret K. – Reston, VA

“The canary in the coalmine just croaked. This is HUGE! Thank you to every single person who’s stepped up along the way, from the indigenous communities who launched this fight, thorugh to every person who ever signed a petition or shared on FB.” Louise H. – Oxford, England

“I simply can’t thank you enough. As a 26 yr old, my top fear is a world destroyed by climate change. Everything you’ve done to make this happen not only made my future brighter, but more importantly the future of every generation after mine. I express all my thanks, care, and gratitude with all the world today for your actions.” Christian W. – Doylestown, PA

“I almost gave up and stopped signing because I despaired of ever realizing success in shutting down the pipe line. Thank all of you so much for your fidelity and for endangering your lives and health in support of the health of the human race and the end of pollution of our endangered planet.” Renee B. – O’Fallon, MO

“Thank you for your persistence, your time and your boldness to face all the power and politics you were up against. From my family and the generation to come we send a heart-felt thank you.” Patty H. – Walnutport, PA

“Thanks goes out to All who helped make this possible. It was a lot of fun collaborating and being part of such a strong group of supporters so dedicated to the climate movement!! CONGRATULATIONS!! ” Laverne E. – Hollister, CA

“100 years from now, people will be proud of you.” Martha T. – Fairfax, CA

“Thank you for everything that you did to keep this movement going and lead it to victory. Your willingness to tackle the seemingly impossible task is truly inspirational. I honestly did not think we could succeed, but fought anyway knowing without trying the battle was already lost. Together a movement of unprecedented proportions has been built and I am so proud to have been a part in some small way. This has helped show that by banding together we can make a difference and stand against the power of big oil. Thank you for your contributions, large and small! ” Bridget H. – New Haven, CT

“Thanks for helping to save a little more of the planet. Much more needs doing, but this shows we can win! I’ll keep doing what I can to get more victories, like writing against the Baaken Pipeline in Iowa.” James E. – Storm Lake, IA

“I hope you realize how much this means to me, and all of us. All of your dedication, sacrifice and persistence will continue to provide positive returns in the years to come. I can’t thank you all enough for your efforts!” Carl R. – Belmont, CA

“Thank you. Environmentally we are a step ahead with this decision. Thank you First Nations for your persistence. And Nebraska. And President Obama for finally taking the step. ” Sally M.

“Thank you so much for your determination, time and effort in fighting Keystone XL and persuading the president to reject the project, which I’d thought would never happen. Your passion is inspiring, enough to quell my longstanding cynicism about the reign of fossil fuels. ” Christine S. – Arnold, MD

“Thank you for making the impossible, possible. It gives up hope that we still have a fighting chance to take on climate change! You all are our real super heroes.” Nicholas J. – Ann Arbor, MI

“Thank you for believing we the people can create positive change with direct action and for putting your feet in the street doing civil disobedience risking arrest. You give me hope! Grassroots activism can win for the People and Nature against anti-environment corporate projects even with their unlimited funding.” Andrew C. – Boulder, CO

“Thank you, from me and my daughter who has asthma. ” Rhona S. – North Potomac, MD

“having grown up in Alberta, and having relatives in Athabasca, my heart has been breaking for the past several years…. thank you all for what you have done, and I do believe the fight will continue in the next few years. I KNOW we will again be victorious, because we MUST be…………… you are all my heros. love, Shelby Phoenix” Shelby P. – Snohomish, WA

“Thank you SO MUCH for all your dedicated effort, intelligence, understanding, skill, and courage in standing up for what’s best for us all. ” Roger T. – Vashon, WA

“Because of you, we can believe. We can build upon your example. We have the kind of hope that is authentic – and we know it is up to us. THANK YOU!” Kathy W. – Las Cruces, NM

“I am grateful to everyone who joined me in the fight against the KXL pipeline. I am so glad this day of celebration has arrived! We should take this victory and run with it. We must all step up the fight for our planet. Today, we know we can win. ” Larky H. – Phoenix, AZ

“One step back away from the abyss. Thank you to all who helped to reject the Keystone XL debacle. ” Mike S. – Durango, CO

“you are my comrades in peaceful arms. We were in the rain, in jail, in that freezing February morning. You sat in trees, you orated before your vestries, you moved your money. And the mighty God of Creation moved through you. Thank you thank you thank you.” Rose B. – Washington, DC

“Who would have predicted this outcome 5 years ago? The impossible became possible in a world that you are helped to change in a fundamental way. Now let the floodgates open on economic and raciAl justice!” Chris C. – New York, NY

“We are so grateful for all of your time, passion, and energy that you have dedicated to defeating Keystone XL!!! Thank you so much!!” Tracy B. – Boerne, TX

“I hope the courage you have shown in this fight will encourage more leaders and citizens to step up and demand action to prevent accelerating climate change. I thank you, and my grandchildren thank you.” Jim N. – Lyme, NH

“Being an activist takes courage, time & grit– It might not be very original, but *Thank You*!” Kye S. – Denver, CO

“The battle isn’t over yet, but this is a massive kick to the gut for the fossil fuel industry…well done, one & all !” Pete K. – Pleasant Hill, CA

“I am so happy that we have finally stood up to big oil and that the government is finally listening to the people. Look what can happen when we all pull together to make our voices heard!” Judith M. – Oak Park, MI

“Thank you to everyone–every last one of you –those who marched, wrote letters, made posters, made phone calls, met in small groups, signed petitions, were arrested, and, in short, took years out of your “regular” lives to protest further environmental destruction pollution and serious health effects of tar sands extraction and transportation. Thanks all of your hard work and contributions protesting climate injustice and standing firm against further climate chaos. All of us, standing together, doing everything we can, nwo have humanity’s last chance to prevail on a planet-wide scale to stop climate change.” Barbara B. – Montpelier, VT

“With deepest gratitude, Thank You for all the marches, letters, petitions, speeches, hopes, fears and prayers that it has taken to stop Keystone XL. ” Irene V. – Chicago, IL

“We marched. We sang. We sat. We were arrested. It worked. We did it! ” Jesse T. – Seattle, WA

“4 years ago my mother and I sat down in front of the White House to ask Obama to reject the KXL. My mom was arrested and held in jail for 72 hours and I had never been prouder of her. Thank you to everyone who kept this movement going. ” Marygrace K. – Milford, PA

“You not only stopped Keystone, but helped people begin to understand and respond positively to the problem of climate change. People, towns and businesses are getting the message and making changes every day. It is beginning to snowball. Thank you. Be proud of your accomplishments.” Brad C. – West Topsham, VT

“Brave folks who sat in and were arrested — I salute you!” Margaret M. – Sparta, NJ

“For my grandchildren who may be able to grow up in a world fighting against climate change…and winning! My heart is brimming with joy!” Debbie D. – Malden, MA

“Thank you for believing then showing it was possible. WOW. This is huge. ” Jeff R. – San Marcos, CA

“Thank you Fran and Jim and everyone else who was arrested in front of the White House! That was the moment I knew this movement was unstoppable. ” Mark S. – Lexington, MA

“Thank you, everyone who spoke, wrote, marched, got arrested, testified, put themselves on the line in court cases, refused to accept TransCanada’s offer of eminent domain, etc.!! Yay!!” Barbara D. – Lincoln, NE, NE

“It was a long struggle but we never gave up. Thanks for leading the way.” Gay T. – Duluth, MN

“Thank You FIRST NATIONS for your perseverance, courage and the will to fight for Our Mother Earth!” Yolanda A. – Whittier, CA

“To the many who held strong against formidable odds. We were successful because we locked arms together!” Bill H. – White Salmon, WA

“YAAAAS this is super important. Hearing all of these voices speaking out against something that could affect our futures is simply inspirational. ” Hannah W. – Saint Paul, MN

“As a part of this great movement I feel honored to say thank you to all who participated. Thanks for your courage and hard work.” Sheila M. – Asheville, NC

“Mahalo nui to everyone who just kept going.” Annette K. – Kailua, HI

“Thank you for saving our state of South Dakota!” Wes G. – Sioux Falls, SD

“Yayyyyyy!!!!! This is great news! I am so glad that our president cared enough to do the right thing! And thanks to everyone who never stopped (and will never stop) fighting!!!” Kelly A. – Atlanta, GA

“Thank You! We have shown that the power of the people still exists in the US. With enough collective action and exchange of knowledge, we can make real changes and stand up to entities that do not have the public interest in mind. Great job!!!!!” Lindsay C. – Denver, CO

“Thank you for caring–and for being there the times I couldn’t be.” Stephen P. – Ithaca, NY

“We make the road by walking and today we have reached a great milestone. Thank you!” Francisco B. – Reading, PA

“What a great thing to have been a small part of this amazing movement! Thank you to all who we stood and marched next to. We did it!” Shari H. – Laguna Woods, CA

“Thank you for taking a stand for our present and the future. The energy created over the last 4 years has made a difference. This is what success looks like! Each and every one of you are AWESOME!!! ” Pat B. – Las Vegas, NV

“You’ve fought a just fight and won. It gives me hope. Thank you” Adriann D. – San Francisco, CA

“Thank you for turning your beliefs into action.” Jorge R. – Houston, TX

“Hell yes! Your dedication to this important issue has made history, and sets a precedent for Presidential action on future environmental issues. What a beautiful example of how sustained pressure from a coalition force can raise awareness and action on issues – ONWARD!” Monica W. – Oakland, CA

“True courage, vision, persistence and love of the planet and humanity have won the day. Thank you to all who stood up! ” William D. – North Royalton, OH

“It seemed to have taken forever, but WE DID IT!! Of course, our work is far from over, but at least, as of today, my nieces’ future is a bit brighter. ” Jessica C. – New Albany, IN

“Thank you for your unwillingness to despair!!! You have lifted me up.” Mary R. – Roslindale, MA

“Amazing work by everyone who has worked so hard to stop the XL pipeline. As a person who grew up in Montana just south of Alberta, I am so relieved that this pipeline will not happen. Thank you!” Julia M. – Denver, CO

“And a special thanks to the First Nations in North America for your centuries of struggle to protect the land, water, air and all our relatives on whom we depend. ” Monica U. – Pittsburgh, PA

“Thank all of you who, liked me, joined together at the White House 4 years ago and started the ball rolling to today’s historic decision. ” Alexander B. – New York, NY

“Long-delayed but superb victory! Congratulations to all the activists who kept up the fight and combated the lies.” Richard S. – North Brunswick, NJ

“What you have done is gigantic. My deepest thanks for enduring in your resistance.” Betty D. – Hiawatha, IA

“The tide is turning and now we may see real change. Credit to the individuals and organizations who continue to speak truth to power.” Jane B. – Chapel Hill, NC

“I am so proud to be a part of this movement and to have stood and marched with so many dedicated people. Thank you to all those who helped organize this movement.” Wayne Z. – Towson, MD


20,000 Haiyan survivors demand: ‘Our survival is non-negotiable’

Tue, 2015-11-10 09:57

TACLOBAN, Philippines – Despite heavy rainfall, 20,000 survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Haiyan) marched at ‘ground zero’ days before the second anniversary of the world’s most powerful typhoon to ever make landfall, only comparable to the recent ‘Patricia’. The march intends to hold the administration of President Noynoy Aquino accountable for the continuing injustices two years after the typhoon.

Heavy rains didn’t stop the program. Survivors holding Aquino accountable. Photo credits: Jezeree Jeonne Gajelomo

A study by the Ibon Foundation noted how the private interests in the rehabilitation programs concentrated in 24 areas deemed profitable for reconstruction. Reconstruction Assistance under the ‘adopt-an-LGU’ (local government unit) scheme ended up distributing the coastal development clusters among magnates of big corporations, while neglecting 54 remote and interior municipalities and cities affected by Yolanda.

The survivors’ march capped a week of climate actions across the country that aimed to raise public awareness and register opposition to various climate issues.

During the recent All Saints Day and All Souls Day last November 1 and 2, People Surge solemnly remembered their dead at the unmarked mass graves. Haiyan victims and other young survivors such as Jefferson Custodio, killed later by suspected military agents for actively supporting efforts of People Surge to bring aid to their fellow survivors and demanding accountability from the national government in the process.

Candle lighting and Memorial unveiling to commemorate Yolanda’s 2nd year anniversary. Photo Credits: Miles Brandon

On November 4, a picket action led by the scientist group AGHAM, the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), the climate action group Philippines, and the consumer alliance POWER raised the ‘dirty lies of energy privatization hidden by climate rhetoric’, with a demonstration outside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Change Symposium in Crowne Plaza, Pasig City.

That same day, around 200 participating leaders and advocates gathered in the First People’s Environmental Conference (PEC) to discuss the current climate situation and come up with a common people’s platform to campaign for genuine climate solutions. Participants expressed their support to the Haiyan survivors’ action a day before the big march on November 5.

While hundreds of residents from Anibong, Tacloban led by the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice stormed the streets to protest the ‘snail-paced’ rehabilitation efforts by the government yesterday, two years after Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation. The march featured an effigy of a snail symbolizing the pace and pest-like nature of government’s rehabilitation efforts, which has not only failed to deliver responsive recovery, but brought displacement and more loss of livelihood for surviving communities.

Youth for Climate Justice (Y4CJ)  led more than 700 students from the Eastern Visayas State University held a candlelight vigil  across the streets of Ormoc, Leyte in solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda two years ago and its survivors who suffer from profiteering and politicking in the rehabilitation efforts.


Diverse groups continue waving the banner of Haiyan survivors on the lead to the COP21 as they mobilize their ranks for the Global Climate March on November 28-29. March for Climate Justice Pilipinas, a convergence of movements and organizations from different sectors of society gathered together by our common appeal for urgent climate action  is organizing nationwide mobilizations in coordination with the Roman Catholic Church of the Philippines.

We cannot afford another Haiyan-like disaster. We hope that COP21 will not be adding more insult to the injuries of Haiyan survivors. The failure to act on a crisis where people’s lives are at stake is another form of criminal negligence. We urge world leaders in Paris this December to remember their responsibility and come up with a climate agreement ensuring 80% of known fossil fuel is kept underground.


LIVE UPDATES: Our Generation, Our Choice mobilization

Mon, 2015-11-09 15:27

Millennial movements are taking the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand justice on race, climate, and immigration.

See live updates

Growing Resistance in California’s Climate Crisis

Sat, 2015-11-07 17:34

As Governor Brown strives to build a legacy around his action on climate change, he continues to ignore the very real impacts of dangerous extraction on communities. Without a plan to stop extraction in the state, he continues to allow fracking in communities of color that are already bearing the biggest impacts of climate, industry and the drought.

This film tells the stories of those communities on the front lines of fracking and climate change.

Stand with them as they take a stand against Big Oil.

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Kern Residents Fasting for a Healthy Future

Fri, 2015-11-06 21:49


“No fracking in my home” reads the bright orange sign held by Javier Cruz as he and his fellow community members fast outside the Kern County Board of Supervisors office in Bakersfield, California.

“No fracking in my home” reads the bright orange sign held by Javier Cruz as he and his fellow community members fast outside the Kern County Board of Supervisors office in Bakersfield, California.

In the tradition of Cesar E. Chavez’s last fast, residents of Kern County in California’s Central Valley are fasting again for their dignity and their children’s future – drawing attention to the environmental health issues they experience due to fracking and oil extraction.

Led by Kern County Community Residents, the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE), and Committee for a Better Shafter, the fasting hopes to call attention to the upcoming County Board of Supervisors meeting on November 9th where members will decide on a proposed zoning ordinance that would fast track oil and gas drilling for the next 25 years without adequate health protections.

If passed, this ordinance would promote fracking and drilling at the expense of community health, safe food, and the environment – while continuing to allow more fossil fuels to be burned at the expense of climate change and public health.

Residents expect the County to approve the ordinance, but hope that their actions will call attention to the County’s unwillingness to protect its people from the environmental health impacts of oil and gas drilling.

“We want to send a clear message to the Kern County officials: it’s time to start protecting the community and not the oil industry,” said Juan Flores, a Community Organizer with CRPE.

For too long, communities in Kern County have disproportionately borne the brunt of California’s oil and fracking agenda. More than 290,000 residents in Kern County live within one mile of an oil or gas well – most of whom are people of color that are already without clean water or clean air due to decades of extraction and industry.

Kern County is ground zero for fracking and oil extraction in California making this struggle a symbolic one in the fight to ban harmful extraction techniques such as fracking. Over 75% of the state’s oil production and 95% of its fracking happens in Kern – which makes it the highest oil-producing county in the U.S.

The residents of Kern County are joining together to oppose the ordinance and have asked people from around the state to stand with them as they take a stand against Big Oil during Monday’s meeting. People from all over the state have committed to show up to the meeting in solidarity. Learn more and sign up to join here.

Residents have collected thousands of petitions and are delivering them to the Board of Supervisors daily, and will continue to fast now through Monday. Community members hope that a show of solidarity from allies all throughout California will amplify their message and send a signal to Governor Brown that the state is watching.

For media inquires on this story contact Juan Flores, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, 661-709-2292,

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL. We Win.

Fri, 2015-11-06 18:27


We just made history together. 4 years to the day after we surrounded the White House, President Obama has rejected the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline!

This is huge.

A head of state has never rejected a major fossil fuel project because of its climate impacts before. The President’s decision sets the standard for what climate action looks like: standing up to the fossil fuel industry, and keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

Make no mistake: this victory belongs to us, the movement. President Obama’s courage today is a reflection of the courage shown by thousands of people who have sat in, marched, organized, (and opened a lot of emails) across North America against this pipeline.

This fight started with First Nations in Canada where the tar sands are extracted, and spread to farmers, ranchers and tribal nations along the pipeline route. Since then people from all walks of life have joined hands against Keystone, and the 830,000 barrels per day of destructive tar sands oil it would have carried through the country to be burned.

Together, we have shown what it takes to win: a determined, principled, unrelenting grassroots movement that takes to the streets whenever necessary, and isn’t afraid to put our bodies on the line.

Politicians in Washington DC didn’t make this happen. Our movement did. We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this campaign — from calling Congress to getting arrested on the White House fence.

You can join us in appreciating everyone who made this day possible by co-signing our thank you card to the movement — we’ll deliver personalized versions of the card with your messages to everyone who has led or attended an action against Keystone XL since 2011. Click here to sign the thank you card to the #NoKXL Movement.

Powered by our organizing, the tide is turning against the fossil fuel industry — every major new project they propose is being met by organized opposition on the ground, and politicians are lining up to stand behind our movement and say that we must keep the vast majority of fossil fuels underground.

Resistance is growing because the fossil fuel industry is more reckless than ever: from Texas where the Southern leg of Keystone XL pumps toxic tar sands, to Alberta where Big Oil foolishly plans to expand its mines, to California where they want to frack during a historic drought, to the enormous coal pits of Appalachia and Australia.

We have more tools than ever to work with. A strong fossil fuel resistance is already taking shape across the globe. Since we began fighting Keystone XL, the movement for divestment from fossil fuels has grown into a global powerhouse able to move tens of billions of dollars and undercut the social license of the fossil fuel industry. Fracking bans have stopped drilling in towns, counties and now whole states across the country. Communities are seizing their energy futures by demanding 100% renewable power in record numbers.

And when world leaders meet in Paris later this year, they’ll do so knowing what our movement can do, and what climate action really looks like: keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

Today we can approach all of our work with new eyes. We know that we can fight, and we can win.

This isn’t just a victory for the climate movement — it’s a victory for everyone who believes in the power of organized people, from the streets of Missouri, to the border crossings of Arizona, to the hills of South Dakota and Nebraska.

Together, we’re on the path to real, substantive change.

With joy, and immense gratitude,

The Keystone XL pipeline fighting team:

Bill, Cam, Clayton, David, Deirdre, Duncan, Jamie, Jason, Joshua, Linda, Matt, May, Phil, Rae and Sara

“We Will Not Be Silenced” — Struggles in the fight against fracking in Latin America

Wed, 2015-11-04 22:51

Director of Brazil, Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira, participated in a seminar in the Argentine Senate suspended by a bomb threat.

Our mission started off tense. Organized by and COESUS – Coalizão Não Fracking Brasil (No-Fracking Brazil Coalition), the Misión No Fracking Latinoamérica set off this week to Argentina to exchange experiences about the impacts of fracking with legislators, indigenous Mapuche communities and farmers.

Brazilian congressmen Rasca Rodrigues, Jose Carlos Schiavinatto, Fernando Scanavaca and Marcio Nunes, along with the legislators from the Toledo municipality Tita Furlan and Vagner Delabio, and the Uruguayan senator Carol Aviaga, met yesterday to discuss shared environmental challenges in an event hosted by Senator Pino Solanas, who presides the Environment Commission in the Argentinean Senate.

But in the afternoon the police evacuated the Senate hall where we were meeting. A threatening call alerted them there was a bomb in the room. After the search, they were able to determine it was a false threat.

Our mission is to learn more about fracking in a country where it is already happening, and to see and hear about its impacts on the Argentinean people. Testimonies shared throughout the meeting made it clear that foreign and national oil/gas companies have been using fracking to extract gas none of these countries need nor do the companies have social licenses for them.

Water was the main theme discussed, since contamination, scarcity and industrial heavy use are issues all Latin American countries face. The intense use of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals is poisoning whole villages and traditional communities.

As the meeting progressed, it became clearer that with the colossal fossil and mining  projects comes a false democracy, where human and indigenous rights are violated and opposition movements and even legislators are ignored, denied their right to information or protest.

In the evening, an event was held with Latin American thinkers and great names like Alberto Acosta – president of the Constituent process in which Ecuador declared in its law nature as a subject of legal rights  – the scholars Eduardo Gudynas and Maristela Svampa, and important names in the Latin American anti-fracking movement such as Enrique Viale, Juan Pablo Olsson and Juliano Bueno de Araújo. The room was full of Argentinean senators and legislators (23 MPs and 5 senators) interested in hearing more about the alternatives to extractivism, and how together, Latin Americans can build a new agenda. Again, the lack of democracy was evidenced by all the speeches, filled with stories of violations and persecutions.

Right before my speech, the Senate received the bomb threat, and everyone was forced to evacuate the building. One common point among all of us who think, criticize and fight the fossil and mining corporations is that we are not easily silenced, and resistance is in our DNA. So we waited, calmly, in the halls of the Senate while the police swept through the rooms. We didn´t give up, and as soon as we had a green light, we went back and continued discussing climate change, and the clear integration between corruption, oppression and fossil projects.

A video recorded during the situation:

(translation):  “Hi, folks. Everything is ok here. We had to evacuate the building. Everybody is out here.
We are just waiting the building to be cleared.  We hope that we can go back in (to the event). Stay calm.”

See more videos here

After the event was over, I heard from many of Solanas´ security staff that the threat was due to our presence here, and what a threat we – a winning movement in Brazil – pose to the establishment of YPF (the Argentine energy company), Petrobras and their respective correspondents in the government’s.

Not long ago, just one week after and COESUS stopped a fracking auction in Brazil for almost 20 minutes and made our voices heard by all fossil investors, our office was broken into. Hard drives, computers and pen drives were stolen. A few days later, two bugs were found in our offices, one of them right under my desk. Intelligence agents follow us everywhere, and our hotel rooms are bugged.

I guess that is what happens to activists in a false democracy, where the corporations govern us and the police works for them enforcing the  dictatorship of silence. But we will not be silenced nor will we dim down our struggle for climate justice, democracy, human rights and a fossil free future.

Now we need your help. We need to buy back the stolen equipment and make improvements in the office to make it safer for us, our partners, activists and volunteers. Please donate now.

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