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October 24, 2016
For Immediate Release
Dozens of Students Arrested in Ottawa Protesting Kinder Morgan Pipeline
Millennials tell Trudeau – “approve a pipeline, lose our generation”
Ottawa, ON – Today, 99 students and youth from across Canada were arrested in Ottawa in the largest act of youth-led climate civil disobedience in Canadian history. The students marched from the University of Ottawa to Parliament Hill where they were arrested trying to cross police barricades towing an oversized chalkboard sporting climate science backing up their message for the Prime Minister – climate leaders don’t build pipelines.
“Climate leaders don’t build pipelines,” explained Sophie Birks, a Mcgill University student arrested at the action. “My generation wants to see real action on climate change and Indigenous rights. That starts with rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”
Youth travelled from all across Canada to participate in and support the action, including Cedar Parker-George, a member of the Tsleil Waututh Nation, whose traditional territory faces the terminus of the Kinder Morgan pipeline in the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, BC.
“The Kinder Morgan pipeline would directly threaten my nation and my home,” Parker-George explained. “Justin Trudeau promised to listen to Indigenous communities, well my community has been pretty clear; reject this pipeline and protect the water, the land and the climate”.
Organizers of the action cited the rising political power of millennials, expected to be one of the largest voting blocs in Canada by the next federal election, in their reasons for taking action.. According to polling, 45% of people 18-24 voted liberal in the 2015 election and people under 35 oppose pipelines more than older generations.
“My generation elected this government to take real action on climate change and Indigenous rights, not to build pipelines,” said Amanda Harvey-Sanchez, a University of Toronto student arrested at the action. “I hope Trudeau is paying attention today, because if he approves the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he will lose millennials like me that are looking for bold climate leaders, not pipeline politicians.”
Climate 101 in the News:
October 19th Ricochet Media – “Hey Minister Jim Carr, Climate Leaders Don’t Build Pipelines”
October 7th – Huffington Post – “Trudeau’s Carbon Policy is Great but a Decade Too Late”
October 3rd – National Observer – “Bill McKibben: Trudeau Can’t Charm his Way Around the Mathematics of Climate Change”
October 3rd – Ricochet Media – “Think a Kinder Morgan Approval is a Done Deal? Think again.”
September 27th – National Observer – “First Nations Predict “Hordes” Will Disrupt Parliament Hill if Pipeline Approved”
September 26th – National Observer – “Opinion: Justin Trudeau is in touch with millennials but is he listening to them”
September 21st – Ricochet Media – “Youth to Trudeau: Climate Leaders Don’t Approve Pipelines”
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October 20th: David Suzuki, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein & Other Leading Voices Lend Support to Climate Civil Disobedience
For Immediate Release
October 20th 2016
100+ expected in Ottawa to participate in student and youth-led action opposing Kinder Morgan pipeline
Ottawa, ON – Today, leaders from the environmental and Indigenous rights movements, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Union of BC Indian Chiefs President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and six others, released a letter supporting Climate 101, a youth and student-led civil disobedience action planned for October 24th in Ottawa.
“Over our years working on climate change, we’ve seen youth on Parliament Hill, in the streets of cities across Canada, in the halls of United Nations climate talks, and on campuses across this country organizing for fossil fuel divestment. We’ve heard them loud and clear: it’s time for real climate leadership, and that starts with rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” the letter reads. Read the whole letter and see all the signatories here.
Over 100 people are currently expected to risk arrest at the action, with more expected to join a mass rally and march starting at the University of Ottawa.
“Unfortunately, politicians don’t make a habit of actually listening to our generation,” Amanda Harvey-Sanchez, a University of Toronto student and Climate 101 organizer explained. “Having people like Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Maude Barlow and so many others echo our message that ‘climate leaders don’t build pipelines’ is a huge boost.”
The action takes place shortly after the 1 year anniversary of Justin Trudeau’s 2015 election victory in which 45% of voters 18-25 supported his party. According to polling done by EKOS, people under the age of 35 are “consistently more likely to oppose [pipeline] proposals”.
“Millennials like us want to see bold action on climate change and Indigenous rights, and we know that means rejecting projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” said Gabriel D’Astous, a recent UBC grad and Climate 101 organizer in the Ottawa area. “It’s basic science and math at this point that keeping our climate promises means leaving fossil fuels in the ground.”
Find the whole letter online: http://climate101.ca/movement-leaders/
More information about Climate 101: http://ottawastudentaction.platform350.org
October 12th: Trudeau to be Targeted by Wide Reaching “Bird-Dog” Campaign over Kinder Morgan Pipeline
October 12, 2016
For Immediate Release
Students, youth and community members call on Prime Minister to reject tar sands pipeline from Vancouver to New York.
Vancouver, BC – Over the past two weeks, Justin Trudeau has been hounded by protest and questions over his upcoming decision on the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. Trudeau has seen protests in New York City, Toronto, Kitchener, Ottawa and in Vancouver during the Royal visit all calling for him to reject the massive tar sands expansion pipeline.
“Kinder Morgan isn’t just something that people in BC care about, people across Canada and outside the country want to see Justing Trudeau lead on climate and reject this pipeline,” Aurore Fauret, Tar Sands Campaign Coordinator with 350.org explained. “Climate change and Indigenous rights are global issues, and global leadership on them means rejecting Kinder Morgan.”
Bird-dogging campaigns, the act of consistently following a politician with protest and dogged questions, played a significant role in pushing U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Everywhere he went, people showed up to grill President Obama about the Keystone XL pipeline,” Sara Shor, Keep It In the Ground Campaign Manager with 350.org in the United States who coordinated the Keystone bird-dogging campaign. “Bottom line, he couldn’t hide from public opposition to that pipeline, just like Trudeau can’t hide from opposition to Kinder Morgan.”
With many of the bird-dogging actions being led by youth and students, a group of students and youth leading the organizing of a mass act of civil disobedience planned for October 24th, called Climate 101, are hoping the actions build momentum towards the mobilization.
“Millennials delivered Trudeau his majority, we want real climate action, and we could be one of the largest voting blocs by 2019, three things that Trudeau needs to remember when deciding on this pipeline,” Sophie Birks, a Climate 101 organizer from Montreal, explained.
Read more about the bird-dogging actions that have happened thus far: http://climate101.ca/trudeau-grilled-everywhere/
September 21: Students & Youth to Target Trudeau with Pipeline Civil Disobedience
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Students & Youth to Target Trudeau with Pipeline Civil Disobedience
Dozens expected to risk arrest calling for PM to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline & keep fossil fuels in the ground at Climate 101 mobilization
Ottawa, ON – ”On October 24th, throngs of young people from all over the country will converge in Ottawa for a march and civil disobedience action,” reads a letter published by a group of young people and students from across Canada this morning. The letter announces Climate 101, a march and civil disobedience action calling on Prime MInister Justin Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and keep fossil fuels in the ground.
“Climate leaders don’t build tar sands pipelines, that’s Climate 101” said Gabriel D’Astous, a recent University of British Columbia graduate and youth organizer in the Ottawa area. “If Justin Trudeau approves the Kinder Morgan pipeline later this year, he’s ensuring that Canada can’t do it’s part on climate change, and putting my future at risk, that’s why we’re taking action.”
The letter calls on youth to show up and join the action because of the risks presented by the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the need for urgent climate action, and because of the role youth and young people played in winning Justin Trudeau his mandate in 2015.
“In 2015, youth were a big part of Justin Trudeau’s victory,” explained Amanda Harvey-Sanchez, a third year student at the University of Toronto. “We showed up to vote for him and now it’s time for Justin Trudeau, the self-appointed Minister of Youth, to prove whether or not he wants to listen to our generation or just use us for backdrops in his selfies.”
Organizers expect this to be the largest youth action of its kind in Canada, with many participants joining from fossil fuel divestment campaigns active all across the country.
“Youth have always been at the forefront of the climate fight, along with Indigenous peoples facing the threat of pipelines like Kinder Morgan through their territories,” said Clayton Thomas Muller, Stop-it-at-the-Source campaigner with the global climate change campaign 350.org. “I’m excited to see an action like this turn up the heat on Justin Trudeau to keep his promises on climate, and to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples”.