Climate action you can take right now from home — click the links to learn more!
‣Tell Wall Street it’s time to defund Enbridge & defund climate change!
‣Support water protectors resisting Enbridge’s Line 3 in Minnesota!
Defund Enbridge, Defund Climate Change
Choose people over pipelines! Love water, not oil!
We wish your average Wall Street CEO held these values, but their actions say otherwise.
Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon is no exception. He says that he wants to align his bank’s lending with the Paris climate accords. But then he supports Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company that has been increasing the pumping of tar sands oil throughout the Midwest, endangering climate and communities in the process.
Enbridge has a $2.1 billion loan that’s up for renewal at the end of March. This presents a golden opportunity for Jamie Dimon to make his actions match his words by declining to renew Chase Bank’s portion of the loan.
To help Dimon with his decision, 350 Madison Divest & Defund will be backing up our demands with weekly action. Actionars, actually. You may ask, what is an actionar? Check out this one-minute video to get the basic idea. Then plan to join Divest & Defund Saturdays at 11:00 am between now and the end of March.
WHAT: 350 Madison Divest & Defund Actionars!
WHEN: 11:00 am every Saturday, February 6 through March 27
WHERE: From any state or country, any room in your house
HOW: Via Zoom at this link: https://tinyurl.com/350Defund-Actionars (Meeting ID: 818 6833 1460; passcode: 469076; find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcmr59Jpuy)
Help keep the pressure on — join us!
KXL is canceled — time to #StopLine3!
The joint Tar Sands Team of 350 Madison and the Wisconsin chapter of the Sierra Club is working in solidarity with people across the Midwest to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, and we need your help!
Line 3 would transport nearly a million barrels of tar sands oil each day from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in US history, wants to run the pipeline through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior.
On November 13, Minnesota Governor Walz approved the permits for the new Line 3, and Enbridge started construction the next day. As you read this, Enbridge contractors are at all the Line 3 stream and river crossings across 1851 treaty land in northern Minnesota tearing out trees and traditional medicines.
Enbridge is racing to finish all the water crossings before the many lawsuits challenging the unpopular decision can be heard and decided. These suits have a good chance of reversing the decision, but Enbridge’s plan is to tell the judge, “We just spent a half a billion dollars on this line — are you going to tell us we have to tear it out?”
How we can help
At this point, there are just two ways to stop Enbridge from completing Line 3. Both are necessary and need our help. Lawsuits can overturn the permits, and nonviolent direct action can slow or stop work.
Support the legal efforts
Lawsuits are being brought by Friends of the Headwaters; Honor the Earth, Red Lake and White Earth Nations, and Sierra Club; the Minnesota Department of Commerce; the Youth Climate Intervenors; and the Fond du Lac, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe. All of the litigants have solid legal arguments and skilled lawyers, but litigation takes a lot of money.
Friends of the Headwaters is a very small nonprofit group that has done mighty work in the courts already, in 2015 obtaining the first Environmental Impact Statement for a Minnesota oil pipeline, giving the movement time to grow into the mighty force it is today. They estimate it will take $100,000 to try this case. You can help defray their costs by donating here.
Support water protectors on the ground in northern Minnesota
Just as at Standing Rock, water protectors in Minnesota are putting themselves on the line each day for the environment and us. Here are some ways that you can help:
Join water protectors in northern Minnesota. This is a big step, especially in winter and in the midst of a pandemic, and not everybody can do it. This website is a great resource, both for people who want to go for just a day or two and for those who want to stay longer. This page has excellent resources for those who want to learn to be good allies to the Indigenous people leading this fight, understand their COVID protocols, and prepare for a trip. You can register here for one of the weekly orientation calls hosted by a #StopLine3 coalition for those who want to learn how to take direct action on the frontlines.
Send material support. If you can’t be there, you can help water protectors stay there. You can donate directly to water protectors at the frontlines here.
Donate gift cards. A really easy way to help is to buy gift cards for water protectors to use in northern Minnesota. Check out this Google doc to learn what stores they patronize and how to buy and send gift cards.
We can’t all go to northern Minnesota, but we can all do something. So many have sacrificed so much already in the seven-year struggle to stop Line 3, and so much hangs in the balance. Whatever contribution you’re able to make, we thank you!