Lettre de solidarité pour COBAMIL

Le vendredi 19 avril 2013

Chère Madame Cloutier,

Justice climatique Montréal est un collectif qui revendique la justice environnementale et climatique à travers l’éducation, la mobilisation et l’action collective, en solidarité avec les communautés directement touchées par l’injustice environnementale. Nous souhaitons bâtir une approche de solidarité aux changements climatiques ici au Québec. Nous vous écrivons aujourd’hui, car nous saluons votre récente décision d’affirmer votre position contre le projet de la Ligne 9b.

Votre courage est louable étant donné la présente attitude favorable au projet des partis fédéraux et provinciaux. En effet, tandis que l’opposition à l’expansion des sables bitumineux et des oléoducs augmente, les autorités canadiennes ont répondu par la promotion agressive de projets pétroliers, ainsi que d’une rhétorique de la désobéissance civile présentant la dissidence comme socialement déviante et nuisible.

Malgré cela, vous avez exprimé vos légitimes préoccupations quant à la ligne 9B. Vous avez pris de votre temps précieux à travers des horaires bien chargés pour faire valoir votre droit démocratique à exprimer votre opinion au sein de votre communauté. Nous aimerions souligner que ce faisant, vous n’êtes pas seuls. Plusieurs communautés à travers l’Amérique du Nord partage des préoccupations légitimes et sérieuses des impacts des oléoducs sur leurs localités, et ce, du Pacific aux Maritimes et du Nord au Sud. Nous mentionnons en passant l’union des municipalités de la Colombie-Britannique, ainsi que les municipalités de Maine et du Vermont qui ont passé des résolutions avec succès contre la venue d’oléoducs  au sein de leur territoire.

Justice climatique Montréal vous remercie pour avoir  pris position quant à la ligne 9b. Empêcher le renversement de cet oléoduc, c’est dire non à une exploitation de ressources excessive et nuisible qui a déjà des impacts dévastateurs sur les écosystèmes ainsi que la santé des habitants en aval des sables bitumineux. Les retombées économiques sont tout aussi questionnables.  Dire non à la ligne 9B, c’est pour  mieux dire oui à notre évolution vers des formes d’énergie réellement viables à long-terme.

Enfin, le Mouvement des Affectés par les Barrages (MAB) du Brésil nous a appris à questionner : l’énergie pour qui ? Pour quoi ? Nous croyons que c’est par une vision de souveraineté énergétique – soit le droit à un accès démocratique et au contrôle efficace de nos ressources naturelles communes – que nous protégerons notre terre et parviendrons à une relation salutaire pour nos communautés à travers l’espace et le temps.

Nous continuerons à travailler afin que toutes nos voix soient entendues !

En solidarité,

Le collectif de Justice Climatique Montréal

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Follow up letter to Wetsuweten Solidarity Action Spring 2013

Friday April 19, 2013

To M. Peter Lindley, Mme Bell and State Street Montréal,

On Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, we came to your office and spoke with Mrs. Bell about our concern for your involvement in the Pacific Trails Pipeline that crosses unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.

We write to you today to remind you that, as written by the Unis’tot’en camp members: Wet’suwet’en territory, which extends from Burns Lake to the Coastal Mountains, is sovereign territory which has never been ceded to the colonial Canadian state; the Wet’suwet’en are not under treaty with the Canadian government. Their territory, therefore, is and always will be free, and belongs to the Wet’suwet’en people alone.

Since July of 2010, the Wet’suwet’en have established a camp in the pathway of the Pacific Trails Pipeline. Likhts’amisyu hereditary chief Toghestiy states, “Unist’ot’en and Grassroots Wet’suwet’en have consistently stated that they will not allow such a pipeline to pass through their territory. The federal and provincial governments, as well as Indian Act tribal councils or bands, have no right or jurisdiction to approve development on Unist’ot’en lands. By consulting only with elected Indian Act tribal councils and bands, the Canadian government breaks its own laws as outlined in the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada Delgamuukw decision which recognizes Hereditary adjudication processes.”

Freda Huson, spokeswoman for the Unist’ot’en Clan, states: “Pacific Trails Pipeline does not have permission to be on our territory. This is unceded land. Through emails and in meetings, we have repeatedly said NO. Pacific Trail Pipeline’s proposed route is through two main salmon spawning channels which provide our staple food supply. We have made the message clear to Pacific Trails, Enbridge, and all of industry: We will not permit any pipelines through our territory.”

Our values of anti-oppression, decolonization and social justice bring us to join our voices and to act in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. We ask, again, that you retract your investments in this unethical and illegal project.  On the 2nd of April, Mrs. Bell mentioned she would forward the Unist’ot’en’s 28th of March 2013 letter to Chevron and its investors to your Boston group. We now request your confirmation of such doing. We also request an official response to our concerns.

 Sincerely,

Members of the Montreal Committee to Support the Unist’ot’en Clan

Climate Justice Montreal

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April 21st: Earth Day March

482836_548575988509774_133877980_nHello friends,

We invite you to sign the 21st of April Earth Day declaration online. This year, it calls for the end of our dependence on oil, and for the rejection of fossil fuel projects.

Climate Justice Montreal supports the Earth Day movement, but we wanted to clarify our position regarding the declaration so that it better represents the vision and fundamental values of our group. See below for our statement.

We look forward to seeing you at the Earth Day march, which starts at “la place des festivals” on the 21st of April at 2:00pm. Come show the government that we do not want tar sands in Quebec!

 Climate Justice Montreal is joining with social movements on Earth Day by adding our name to the Declaration of April 21st, 2013, with the following clarifications:

 ·   It is important to recognize that we are on occupied territory, governed by provincial and federal states which remain fundamentally colonial in nature. We actively support the sovereignty of this territory’s indigenous nations, as well as all struggles for decolonization and against oppression.

·   We emphasize that climate change has already begun to have serious impacts, particularly on marginalized communities and in the Global South. This reality demands that we act in solidarity with affected peoples.

·   We believe that we must go beyond simply limiting the effects of climate change. We must directly address the causes of these negative impacts. In particular, the industrial capitalist mode of production, which necessitates infinite growth, must be left behind.

·   We believe that we must go beyond “clean energies”. Despite the marketing, “green” energy, such as solar panels, hydro dams, or various rebrandings of fossil fuel, continue to have their attendant social and ecological consequences. As a society, we need to move toward degrowth – consuming significantly less energy and resources.

·   We specifically demand that the government of Quebec adopts, before the end of the year, a credible plan to reduce the province’s oil consumption by 30%, and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to 1990 levels before 2020.

·   We specifically demand that the government of Canada reinstate the environmental laws erased by Bill C-45 and C-38, laws that were dismantled on behalf of corporate profiteers.

·   We believe that the concept of energy sovereignty articulates a more local and human approach to energy challenges. A community pursuing self-sufficiency is more likely to seek projects with minimal impacts on their local environment. This concept could be a key to a more sustainable future for our children and the ecosystems that support us.