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This Saturday: the tar sands fight comes to London

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  • Kate Hand
    What: Solidarity protest against the tar sands. When: 6th November 11.00 am Where: Outside US Embassy: 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ, London From: Bill McKibben
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 2, 2011
      What: Solidarity protest against the tar sands. 
      When: 6th November 11.00 am
      Where: Outside US Embassy: 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ, London





      From: Bill McKibben - 350.org [organizers@...]
      Sent: 02 November 2011 10:30
      To: Marco Cadena
      Subject: This Saturday: the tar sands fight comes to London.



      Dear Friends--
      I know that American politics can seem baffling to people from other parts of the world (and sometimes to Americans). And I know it seems like Washington will never get its act together about climate change.


      But these last few months an issue has exploded, and given us the best chance in years to actually take a strong stand against climate change. It’s this proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. We have to somehow stop it; heavily exploiting the tar sands would mean, in the words of James Hansen, that it’s ‘game over’ for the climate.


      So we’ve been doing everything we can. 1253 of us went to jail in August--it became the largest civil disobedience action in the States for 35 years. Since then we’ve been following the president every place he goes--last Wednesday Tom Poor Bear, a chief of the Oglala Sioux, was hauled out of a speech Obama was giving in Colorado for daring to interrupt.


      It’s turned into the biggest environmental fight in a very long time: celebrities from Robert Redford to Mark Ruffalo, luminaries from Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama, and thousands of ordinary Americans have joined the fight.


      On Nov. 6 we’ll be trying to ring the White House in people, something we don’t think has ever been done. And I was incredibly psyched to find that our friends at the UK Tar Sands network were planning to ring the American embassy the same day: that will be a powerful message of international solidarity.


      So please join our friends in the UK this Saturday (http://www.no-tar-sands.org/events/):
      What: Solidarity protest against the tar sands. 
      When: 6th November 11.00 am
      Where: Outside US Embassy: 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ, London


      RSVP: Sign up here on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=285587228128687)



      If you can think of ways to convince Whitehall that the UK shouldn’t be shilling for tar sands oil as this article indicates (http://www.no-tar-sands.org/2011/09/tar-sands-on-fast-track-to-the-uk/), that would be great too. The tar sands, if you could burn them all overnight, would raise the planet’s carbon concentration from 393 parts per million to 540 ppm. It would be a kind of hell. We can’t let it happen.


      Sunday is when we draw a line in the tar sands, and it will be a huge boost when we head for the White House to know that you’ve already got the U.S. Embassy surrounded!


      With deep thanks,


      Bill McKibben for 350.org

      350.org is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email alerts. You can help power our work by getting involved locally and donating here. 
      What is 350? Go to our website to learn about the science behind the movement.

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    • Katherine Pitt
      Saturday is the 5th - it looks like they mean Saturday not Sunday. K x ________________________________ From: Kate Hand To: FoE
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 3, 2011
        Saturday is the 5th - it looks like they mean Saturday not Sunday.

        K x


        From: Kate Hand <kate.hand@...>
        To: FoE Subteam <foesubteam@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 23:54
        Subject: [foesubteam] This Saturday: the tar sands fight comes to London



        What: Solidarity protest against the tar sands. 
        When: 6th November 11.00 am
        Where: Outside US Embassy: 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ, London





        From: Bill McKibben - 350.org [organizers@...]
        Sent: 02 November 2011 10:30
        To: Marco Cadena
        Subject: This Saturday: the tar sands fight comes to London.



        Dear Friends--
        I know that American politics can seem baffling to people from other parts of the world (and sometimes to Americans). And I know it seems like Washington will never get its act together about climate change.


        But these last few months an issue has exploded, and given us the best chance in years to actually take a strong stand against climate change. It’s this proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. We have to somehow stop it; heavily exploiting the tar sands would mean, in the words of James Hansen, that it’s ‘game over’ for the climate.


        So we’ve been doing everything we can. 1253 of us went to jail in August--it became the largest civil disobedience action in the States for 35 years. Since then we’ve been following the president every place he goes--last Wednesday Tom Poor Bear, a chief of the Oglala Sioux, was hauled out of a speech Obama was giving in Colorado for daring to interrupt.


        It’s turned into the biggest environmental fight in a very long time: celebrities from Robert Redford to Mark Ruffalo, luminaries from Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama, and thousands of ordinary Americans have joined the fight.


        On Nov. 6 we’ll be trying to ring the White House in people, something we don’t think has ever been done. And I was incredibly psyched to find that our friends at the UK Tar Sands network were planning to ring the American embassy the same day: that will be a powerful message of international solidarity.


        So please join our friends in the UK this Saturday (http://www.no-tar-sands.org/events/):
        What: Solidarity protest against the tar sands. 
        When: 6th November 11.00 am
        Where: Outside US Embassy: 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ, London


        RSVP: Sign up here on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=285587228128687)



        If you can think of ways to convince Whitehall that the UK shouldn’t be shilling for tar sands oil as this article indicates (http://www.no-tar-sands.org/2011/09/tar-sands-on-fast-track-to-the-uk/), that would be great too. The tar sands, if you could burn them all overnight, would raise the planet’s carbon concentration from 393 parts per million to 540 ppm. It would be a kind of hell. We can’t let it happen.


        Sunday is when we draw a line in the tar sands, and it will be a huge boost when we head for the White House to know that you’ve already got the U.S. Embassy surrounded!


        With deep thanks,


        Bill McKibben for 350.org

        350.org is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email alerts. You can help power our work by getting involved locally and donating here. 
        What is 350? Go to our website to learn about the science behind the movement.




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