Vancouver, BC – Cameron Fenton, 350.org Canadian Tar Sands Campaign Manager had this to say in response to the National Energy Board recommendation to build the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
“Climate change, the risk of a tanker spill, community opposition or a lack of First Nations consent; however you add them up, building the Kinder Morgan pipeline just doesn’t make sense. The recommendation made by the National Energy Board doesn’t change the simple fact that the Kinder Morgan pipeline will never be built. It is time that the fossil fuel industry and the Canadian government realize that building this kind of project now is completely contradictory to real climate action and a move to 100% renewable energy.”
Photos from recent Break Free protests are available here.
Photos from recent Kinder Morgan tanker blockade are available here.
May 14: Canada joins global wave of actions to break free from fossil fuels
Hundreds swarm the Kinder Morgan terminal, on land and water, for a 100% renewable energy future.
May 14, 2016 (Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, BC) — Canada has joined a global wave of actions across six continents – in countries including the UK, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria and the US – pushing for increased action to curtail a growing climate crisis.
Today, under the banner of Break Free from Fossil Fuels, more than 800 people swarmed the Kinder Morgan marine terminal in Burnaby on land and water. Participants, who included members of local communities and First Nations, took part in a peaceful direct action to voice their opposition to the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his global climate commitments by transitioning Canada to a 100% renewable energy future.
The Canada Break Free action comes just before the National Energy Board’s May 20 submission of its final recommendation on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, at which point the federal government will begin its official review of the project. The review presents the Trudeau government the opportunity to show that he respects the science of climate change and the voices of Indigenous peoples by rejecting the project.
On the water, around 200 people participated in a kayak and canoe flotilla. The flotilla crossed the Burrard Inlet to encircle the tanker terminal, which would see an increase from 60 to over 400 tankers a year if the project were approved, putting the coastline and the economies that depend on it at an even greater risk. On the land, over 600 of protesters marched down to the facility and staged a sit-in outside the gates, sending a message to Prime Minister Trudeau that our governments must respect the science and their commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
Science tells us that in order to keep global warming below 1.5 C, new fossil fuel projects, like Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, must be shelved. Canada has incredible renewable energy potential but needs Federal leadership to unlock it and bring the job, economic and health benefits to communities across the country.
Just days ago at the UN in New York City, the Trudeau government reversed the Harper government’s position on UNDRIP and committed to adopting the declaration. There is no way to reconcile the construction of these proposed new fossil fuel projects, which face strong opposition from First Nations communities, with the commitment to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) found in the UNDRIP. Nor has the existing process honoured existing fiduciary and legal obligations to ensure adequate and meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities.
In Canada, Break Free is supported by Greenpeace Canada, 350.org, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE), Stand, Tanker Free BC, the PIPE-UP Network, Leadnow, We Love This Coast, Council of Canadians and other groups.
“We are currently at a crossroads in humanity where we continue down a path of climate catastrophe by extracting fossil fuels or we choose to build a green energy future. What we need to see are renewable energy projects that empower communities, not more tar sands pipelines that put our communities are risk. These pipelines don’t have the support of local communities or the Indigenous nations they will impact. We need to ensure the dangers of climate change, like more frequent and intense wildfires, are felt by fewer communities not more. In order to keep our communities safe we need to break free from fossil fuels and speed the national move to 100% renewable energy.
—Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation, Greenpeace Canada Climate & Energy Campaigner and 350.org Board member
“On one hand, Prime Minister Trudeau has made an international commitment to act on a growing climate crisis and adopt the UNDRIP based on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Nations. On the other hand, he has simultaneously supported the construction of new fossil fuel projects. These goals are in complete contradiction to one another, and it’s time that Prime Minister Trudeau stop toeing the line between the fossil fuel industry and communities.”
— Clayton Thomas-Muller, member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba and 350.org Stop It at The Source Campaigner
“Everyday information from newscasts, weather reports, and scientific studies tell us we are not just facing an emergency, we are already experiencing one. It’s time we started acting like it.”
— Gene McGuckin, member of Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion-BROKE
“I grew up with the privilege of being able to explore the mountains, forests and oceans of British Columbia. For me this is all about protecting these things for my niece and nephew, and all the other young people that will feel the effects of our actions. I want to be able to tell them I did everything I possibly could.”
— Justine Nelson – the PIPE UP Network
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette, 350.org, 514-229-5843, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rania Massoud, Greenpeace Canada, 438-929-7447, email@example.com
Break Free Canada Media Pack available here
PHOTO AND VIDEO
(to be updated throughout the duration of Break Free)
Photos from Break Free Canada available at 1 PM PST here
Raw video footage available at 3 PM PST, and edited footage available at 8 PM PST here
You can also download photos from Global Break Free actions here
Break Free Vancouver Coverage:
May 16th, Rabble, Climate Activists Surround Kinder Morgan Facility Land and Sea
May 16th, National Observer, Kayaktivists and Protestors Beseige Vancouver’s Kinder Morgan Oil Terminal.
May 14th, AM 900 CHML, Protesters rally against fossil fuels
May 14th, Vancouver Sun, Kinder Morgan targeted in ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels’ flotilla
May 14th, Ottawa Citizen, Anti pipeline activists paddle to protest Kinder Morgan expansion project
May 14th, Radio Canada, Des kayakistes anti-pipeline protestent contre le projet Trans Mountain
May 14th, Montreal Gazette, Anti pipeline activists paddle to protest Kinder Morgan expansion project
May 14th, The Province, Anti pipeline activists paddle to protest Kinder Morgan expansion project
May 14th, Vancouver Sun, Anti pipeline activists paddle to protest Kinder Morgan expansion project
May 14th, Radio Canada, Non a Kinder Morgan
May 14th, News 1130, Hundreds take to the water and land to protest fossil fuels
May 14th, CKNW, Protesters rally against fossil fuels
May 14th, Global News, Pipeline activists protest Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal
May 14th, CTV, By sea and land: Hundreds protest Kinder Morgan
May 13th, NewsTalk ZB, Are Climate Protesters Hypocrites for Using Fossil Fuels?
May 12th, Huffington Post Blog, 3 Promises Trudeau Will Break If He Approves the Kinder Morgan Pipeline
May 12th, the Georgia Straight – Kinder Morgan pipeline, tankers endanger thousands of B.C. outdoor jobs and potentially billions in future revenue
May 12th- Squamish Chief, News briefs: Anti-fossil fuels rally. Man sentenced. New ball field lights.
May 12th, Huffington Post – 3 promises Prime Minister Trudeau will break if he approves Kinder Morgan
May 5th, Patagonia – Paddle Power: The Rise of Kayaktivism
May 4th, 24 Hours – Kayaktivist Training Offered For Vancouver Protest
My 4th, Burnaby Now – Activists planning to surround Kinder Morgan terminal
May 4th – Break Free from Fossil Fuels Kayaktivist training in Vancouver.
Hundreds to take action against Kinder Morgan terminal to oppose tar sands expansion
May 4, 2016 (Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, BC) — A kayaktivist training organized by Greenpeace Canada and 350.org will be given to dozens of people ahead of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels action in Vancouver.
From May 3-16, a global wave of mass actions spanning twelve countries in six continents will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, including one in Canada. Hundreds of people have signed up to swarm Kinder Morgan’s Westridge terminal by water and land on May 14th. The peaceful direct action will include a kayak flotilla that will surround the Kinder Morgan terminal by water. Another training will take place on 13th, in Cates Park, for those planning to take part in the sit-in on the land as well as those participating in the flotilla.
WHAT: Kayak flotilla activist training for action surrounding the Kinder Morgan terminal
WHEN: May 7th. Media is invited to attend training sessions from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, and 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: 1300 Discovery St, Jericho Beach, Vancouver. Kayaks will be in the water off Jericho Pier
WHY: The action will take place in advance of the National Energy Board’s May 20 submission of its final recommendation on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, at which point the federal government will start its review of the project. Communities across British Columbia will use this action to send a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada must break free from fossil fuels and begin the transition towards 100% renewable energy now.
VISUALS: Participants learning and practicing “non-violent naval maneuvers” on the water, including various tools and tactics to use kayaks for civil disobedience. There will be large banners on land and banners/flags with the kayaks on the water.
WHO: Break Free Canada is a mass action being supported by Greenpeace Canada, 350.org, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion(BROKE), Stand, Tanker Free BC, the PIPE-UP Network, Leadnow, We Love This Coast, Council of Canadians & more. Organisers are available for advance interview.
Twitter: #BreakFreeCAN #BreakFree2016
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May 13 – 14: Hundreds to take action against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
May 10, 2016 (Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, BC) — On May 14th Canada will join a global wave of actions across six continents – in countries such as the UK, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria and the US – pushing for increased action to curtail a growing climate crisis.
May 14th action will see hundreds of people swarming Kinder Morgan’s Westridge terminal by water and land. The peaceful direct action will include a kayak flotilla that will surround the terminal by water, and a mass march and sit-in surrounding it on land. Greenpeace Canada and 350.org will be giving a training in nonviolent civil disobedience on the 13th, in Cates Park, for those planning to attend
WHY: The action will take place in advance of the National Energy Board’s May 20 submission of its final recommendation on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, at which point the federal government will start its review of the project. Communities across British Columbia will use this action to send a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada must break free from fossil fuels, listen to the science and transition to a 100% renewable energy.
WHAT: Training in nonviolent civil disobedience, mass action, march, civil disobedience sit-in on land, and kayak flotilla surrounding the oin the water, swarming enclosing Kinder Morgan terminal on the water.
WHEN & WHERE:
May 13th — Public Trainings for Sit-in and Kayak Flotilla
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Cates Park (also known as Whey-ah-Wichen), North Vancouver
May 14th — Mass action at Kinder Morgan
Time: 11 AM
Location: Westridge Park, Burnaby for land action, Cates Park (also known as Whey-ah-Wichen) for water action. Media stands in Westridge Park and Cates Park. A few media boats will also be available in Cates Park (though space is limited).
VISUALS: Mass sit-in on land at Kinder Morgan terminal, kayak flotilla encircling terminal in the water, large banners on land and floating banners in water, locks, singing and chanting. Photos from the action will be available via flickr.
WHO: Break Free Canada is a mass action being supported by Greenpeace Canada, 350.org, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion(BROKE), Stand, Tanker Free BC, the PIPE-UP Network, Leadnow, We Love This Coast, Council of Canadians & more. Organisers and participants are available for advance interview.
Twitter: #BreakFreeCAN #BreakFree2016
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May 12: First Nations Leaders Across North America hold Press Conference Calling on Trudeau to “Break Free” from Fossil Fuels
(Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, BC) – On May 12, First Nations leaders from across North America will be welcomed by the local Tsleil Waututh Nation (TWN) in Vancouver, BC, where the group will hold a press conference to unite calls for the Canadian government to ‘Break Free’ from fossil fuels and begin the transition towards a 100% renewable energy economy.
The group of First Nation’s leaders will show their solidarity with the Tsleil Waututh Nation’s fight against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by giving speeches and presenting a gift of a solar array to be used in the construction of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation’s new administration building.
Speakers will include:
Rueben George, Manager, Sacred Trust Initiative, Tsleil Waututh Nation
Grand Chief Serge Simon, Kanesatake
Faith Spotted Eagle, Yankton Sioux
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Melina Laboucan Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation
Geraldine Thomas, Yinke Dene Alliance
Jewell James, Lummi Nation
Chief Darrell Bob, Statlium Nation
Deborah Parker, Tulalip Nation – Washington State
Phil Lane Jr., Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
WHY: This press conference was planned ahead of the National Energy Board’s May 20 submission of its final recommendation on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
Multiple other events are taking place in opposition to the NEB’s impending decision, including Rueben George of TWN’s speaking at Kinder Morgan’s AGM at their headquarters in Houston, as well as a mass show of opposition being planned at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge terminal in Vancouver on May 14th.
WHERE: Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, Vancouver) Alma Van Dusen Room
WHEN: Thursday May 12th, 9:30 AM
VISUALS: Large solar panels delivered to Tsleil Waututh leaders and First Nations leaders speeches on opposing fossil fuel projects in their territories from across Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette | 514-229-5843 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben West | 604-710-5340