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.

Our Generation’s Quiet Awakening must be Green and Red

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The creative, courageous and inspiring Quebec student movement will today weave its way through Montreal’s Earth Day rally, mixing red and green, merging demands for a freeze on tuition with respect for the earth and those most impacted by climate change. Let the meeting not remain accidental, but deepen and flourish.

Our country has always been divided by solitudes of nation, religion, and language, but no two solitudes are as important to overcome today as this: the fight against an unjust economy and the fight against climate change.

It has never been more urgent to make the connection. The old mentality may have told us to fight our battles separately: Let environmentalists deal with the environment; let workers and students deal with the economy. But a new mentality tells us this is the same fight, because the crises of the climate and the economy have the same root: putting profits before people and the planet.

This must be our generation’s quiet awakening.

If students squarely in the red is a warning our economic model is failing them, then climate change is a terrifying expression—the ultimate red alert—that the economy is failing the earth. This economic model that celebrates greed above all else is not just making education inaccessible, but it will make our planet uninhabitable.

It says to us: each person for himself; make the students shoulder the burden; and let people stricken the world-over by climate change-induced droughts, storms, flooding and crop-failures suffer their fate.

The neoliberal economic model that commercializes education is also the model that will turn the St Lawrence valley into an industrial shale gas experiment. That will turn the north of Quebec into a mining and forestry sacrifice zone. That will turn the gulf of St Lawrence into an oil pumping site. And that will turn the province into an eastward launching pad of the Alberta tar sands, a carbon bomb.

Science tells us that this model of business as usual—of perpetual growth and greed, of constant expansion and extraction—is spilling so much carbon into the atmosphere that it will ensure cataclysmic climate change. It insists we find alternatives.

The real solutions to the climate crisis will come in creating an economy that serves everyone and our ecology: closing deepening inequalities; funding a strong public sphere that includes mass public transit and free education; creating good, green jobs that decrease our dependence on fossil fuels; and restraining the reckless power of corporations and banks that profit off the privatization of our schools and the pollution of the planet.

We need to end the reign of oil in Ottawa, and its influence in Quebec city. The federal government now hands-out $1.4 billion a year to the world’s richest and most polluting oil companies, when such a hand-out to students could begin a system of free education in Quebec and across Canada.

Climate change adds great urgency to all these demands for social, economic and ecological justice. Because we must reduce our carbons emissions rapidly, time is short. Climate change must thus be a spark to remake our economy on a very tight deadline.

The values of our budding social movements— solidarity over individualism, reciprocity over hierarchy, cooperation over competition— should orient our vision for a clean energy economy. This movement will be stronger when it is united. When it finds solutions simultaneously to the crises of the economy and ecology. When it is green as well as red.

During POWERSHIFT 2012 this October 26 to 29, thousands of youth from across the country will converge in Ottawa to force these issues onto the national agenda, to fight for a clean energy future that is socially and economically just. If the spirit and power of Quebec’s spring blossoms, and spreads across Canada, we can achieve it.

License to Spill! Passez à l’action contre l’extraction!

A 25-foot Dragon and “Human Oil Spill” to Warn Montrealers of Dangers of Pipelines, Extraction
Time: 12:00, April 20, 2011
Location: McGill College at Sherbrooke

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Partout autour du monde, des communautés sont menacées par des industries d’extraction qui empoisonnent nos familles, tuent nos proches au travail, et détruisent les écosystèmes que nous chérissons. Le déversement de pétrole de BP n’est malheureusement qu’un chaînon d’une chaîne de catastrophes sans fin, nées d’un système économique qui se maintien en consommant sans cesse les ressources de la Terre.

Au Canada, les… sables bitumineux sont en croissance exponentielle. Dans le nord de l’Alberta, cette énorme marée noire continue de s’étendre lentement, avec ses bassins de décantation toxiques qui laissent chaque jour s’échapper des millions de litres d’eau contaminée dans la rivière Athabasca, empoisonnant les communautés en aval. Ceci vient de pair avec un système distribution : des oléoducs qui traversent le continent, y compris ici même à Montréal. La réalité, c’est que les oléoducs coulent et les sables bitumineux tuent.

Pour un climat stable, de l’air et de l’eau propre, il faut arrêter l’extraction des combustibles fossiles et des autres «ressources». De l’exploitation des sables bitumineux de l’Alberta, au gaz de schistes du Québec, jusqu’à la Côte du Golfe, les gens se battent contre les industries extractives qui ont déclaré la guerre à notre planète. À l’occasion du 1er anniversaire de la marée noire de BP, Justice Climatique Montréal se joindra à d’autres à travers le monde pour une journée d’action directe contre l’extraction.

L’extraction est l’action de prendre sans rien redonner.

Donc, le jour du 1er anniversaire du déversement de pétrole dans le Golfe, nous descendrons dans la rue, (littéralement) s’étaler dans Montréal pour réaffirmer notre vie sur cette terre et en solidarité avec toutes les personnes dont la vie est mise en péril par les industries d’extraction.

Venez nous rejoindre à midi, au coin des rues McGill College et Sherbrooke, pour vous joindre à la mêlée, tandis que le centre-ville de Montréal verra prendre vie le premier déversement de pétrole humain qui exposera la réalité que les foreurs de schiste, les colporteurs pétroliers et les marketeurs miniers créent autour du globe à chaque jour! Amenez un-e ami-e et un flare pour le spectaculaire!

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Communities around the world are under attack from extractive industries that poison our families, kill our loved ones on the job, and destroy the ecosystems we cherish. The BP oil spill was unfortunately just one of an endless string of disasters born of an economic system that must endlessly consume the Earth’s resources.

In Canada, as the tar sands are growing at an exponential rate. In a corner of Northern Alberta, the largest oil spill in slow motion continues to grow as toxic tailings ponds leaking millions of liters of contaminated water into the Athabasca River each and every day, poisoning downstream communities. This is coupled with a pipeline delivery system that will span the continent, including here in Montreal. The reality is that pipelines spill and the tar sands kill.

For a stable climate, clean air and water, we must stop the extraction of fossil fuels and other “resources.” From the tar sands of Alberta, to the Shale Gas plays of Quebec, all the way to the Gulf Coast, people are fighting back against the extractive industries that have declared war on our planet. Climate Justice Montreal will join others across the world for a day of direct action against extraction on the 1 year anniversary of the BP oil spill.

Extraction is the act of taking without giving anything back.

So, on the 1 year anniversary of the Gulf Spill we are going to take it to the streets, (literally) spilling through Montreal to reaffirm our life on this earth and stand in solidarity with all of those in danger of destruction under the extraction industry.

Join us at noon at McGill College and Sherbrooke to join the fray, as Montreal’s first human powered oil spill transforms downtown into the reality that the shale shillers, petroleum peddlers and mining marketeers are creating around the globe! Bring a friend and a flair for the dramatic. We’ll supply the pipelines and giant puppets, all we need is your people power.

Climate Justice Banner Drop and Occupation of Parliament: “If They Won’t Take Action on Climate Justice, We Will!”

 

At 11:00 a.m. this morning organizers with Climate Justice Ottawa dropped a banner in the rotunda of the Canadian Parliament reading “If They Won’t Take Action on Climate Justice, We Will!”.  The youth also began a sit-in “Peoples Assembly” calling for Canadian politicans to begin open and sincere consultations with communities across the country.

They delivered 5 demands to Parliament:

1. Lead, follow, or get out of the way

At the upcoming UN Climate Summit in Cancun, Canada should be the first nation from the global north to adopt the emissions reductions and temperature rise limitation targets of 300ppm and 1 degree celsius, presented by the largest gathering in history of directly impacted communities at the April 2010 World People’s Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The first step to achieving this and repaying our climate debt is accepting the Cochabamba Declaration text presented at the UN Summit.

2. Shut Down the Tar Sands

Tar sands developments are on course to destroy a section of the boreal forest the size of England, and are Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. The direct pollution from tar sands developments is poisoning the Athabasca River watershed and surrounding lands, and is a health catastrophe for impacted communities who areexperiencing high rates of cancer and a loss of traditional food sources.  Therefore, we call for an immediate moratorium on present and future tar sands expansion projects, a phase out of existing projects, and to hold corporations responsible for environmental destruction while facilitating a just transition for workers out of destructive industries.

3. No more Tax Breaks or Subsidies for Oil Companies

Oil companies received more than $2.8 billion dollars in government tax breaks and subsidies in 2008. These subsidies lower the cost of oil and promote the use of dirty fossil fuels when we should be transitioning to clean forms of energy.  Therefore, we call for an immediate end to government financing of environmentally and socially destructive industries.

4. Invest in Community Solutions

Community-based renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro need to be developed in a way that does not damage natural ecosystems, meaning energy production must be controlled by communities and not corporations. Current subsidies and systems of agriculture decrease healthy food choices, contribute to  ecological destruction, and hurt small scale farmers, while a shift towards community-controlled diversified agriculture leads to healthier people and ecosystems.  There are more efficient ways of transporting people and products than building mass highways;  Canada needs to invest in solutions that re-imagine how we move around within and between cities through the localization of production, bicycle infrastructure, and accessible public transit. Ultimately, federal

5. Reject False Solutions

Canada currently relies heavily on technofixes, such as promoting biofuel projects where the amazon rainforest is slashed and burned to grow corn to put in our cars and investing over $3 billion in expensive and unproven carbon capture and storage technology.  Furthermore, solutions such as carbon trading and offsets turn our atmosphere into a commodity to be bought and sold, allowing corporate lobbying to export responsibility for reductions to elsewhere and perpetuating inequality. Instead of wasting billions on band-aid solutions that ignore the root of the problem, Canada needs to take action at changing unequal and unsustainable systems of production, consumption, and distribution….

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