rachelbutler rachelbutler, September 10, 2014

Here’s the press release announcing the Tar Sands Bloc– check it out!

For Immediate Release: Contact: Gabby Brown
September 4, 2014 Gabby@newpartners.com

Tar Sands Activists From Across North America to Attend People’s Climate March

People from affected communities across the U.S. and Canada will join together in a ‘Tar Sands Bloc’ to call for a moratorium on dangerous tar sands projects

New York, NY – Tens of thousands of people will gather in New York City on September 21st for what is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The People’s Climate March will take place just two days before President Obama joins other world leaders for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations.

As part of the march, activists from across the United States and Canada will join together as a bloc in the march to express their opposition to tar sands expansion. One of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuel sources on the planet, tar sands represents a serious threat to the future of our climate. Tar sands development is the greatest barrier to Canada meeting its international commitments on climate. Tar sands extraction and transportation projects also wreak havoc on the air, water, public health, and safety of local communities.

“Climate change is here and it’s already disrupting communities across the world,” said Elizabeth Shope of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Further development of tar sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet, would be a huge step in the wrong direction because it would make it much harder to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We are marching to raise our voices and say: ‘Keep tar sands in the ground. Our future depends on it.’”

A broad coalition will march together as part of the Tar Sands Bloc, bringing together tar sands fights from First Nations and other communities affected by mining operations in Alberta; People from Quebec, the Maritimes and across eastern Canada who are fighting to stop the Energy East tar sands pipeline from running through their communities and across hundreds of fresh water sources; Midwestern communities fighting the invasion of tar sands pipelines into the Great Lakes region; coastal communities in New England who face the devastation of their coastlines by tar sands barges and smokestacks; refinery communities who suffer serious health impacts as a result of tar sands refineries in Texas; Native Americans, farmers, and ranchers from South Dakota and Nebraska, who work together as the Cowboy Indian Alliance to fight against the Keystone XL pipeline; and many more.

The coalition is diverse, and unified by its fight against the devastation of communities and the climate by the tar sands industry’s thirst to expand production and transportation of its toxic oil. The coalition’s fight is not only about one specific pipeline or expansion, but about going straight to the source and ensuring that affected communities and the future of our planet are protected by keeping tar sands in the ground.

The marchers will urge President Obama to remember his commitment to making meaningful progress on curbing the threat of climate change. At the same time, they will challenge Prime Minister Harper to recognize that tar sands expansion is incompatible with combatting climate change or protecting Canadian and American communities.

“We are marching to make sure world leaders hear the voices of communities whose health, safety, and livelihoods are on the line,” said Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, who will be coming down to New York to take part in the Tar Sands Bloc. “It is not morally acceptable to sacrifice communities to feed our addition to oil. Instead we need to see real solutions and action on climate change. We want world leaders to know that we will not stop fighting until we’ve stopped tar sands at the source.”