Our climate movement is fierce.
And we’re not afraid to stand up to the worst drilling and mining companies on the planet.
Over six years ago in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Rising Tide North America emerged as a radical force in the climate movements. Seeking to connect the dots between climate change and social justice, we have built a network throughout North America that has not only fought on the frontlines of climate justice, but challenged the root causes of climate change while there.
2012 has been a watershed year for the climate movements. Community led campaigns against fracking have sprouted up in OH, PA and NY. Appalachians occupied and shut down the largest strip mining site in West Virginia. Climate activists joined up with Texas landowners to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.
At the center of each of these environmental mobilizations and campaigns have been Rising Tide chapters and activists. This year, we’ve:
- Started new chapters from Alaska to Santa Cruz, CA to Toronto to Vermont to the Florida Keys.
- Worked with the Tar Sands Blockade in a direct action campaign to stop the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Trained and organized activists for civil disobediences at the Mountain Mobilization in West Virginia, the Coal Exports Action in Helena, Montana and many other events.
- Coordinated with the “Summer of Solidarity” which included actions against fracking, mountaintop removal and tar sands.
Whether its $5, $50 or $500, we’ll take whatever you can give. We’re an all-volunteer network of activists and we don’t take money from large foundations or celebrity donors. We only have you.
Please donate and help us build this movement.
Rising Tide North America is excited to have led this call to support the Tar Sands Blockade. Not only is stopping the expansion of fossil fuels infrastructure of the utmost priority, but the harsh repression of environmental activists from both TransCanada and law enforcement needs to be called out again and again. We stand with the Tar Sands Blockade and people fighting environmental destruction and human rights repressions everywhere.
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An Open Letter In Support Of the Tar Sands Blockade
As we write, our friends with the Tar Sands Blockade are blocking construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline in the woods of Texas. For the past six months they have built a movement of climate activists, rural landowners, Texans, Oklahomans and people from all over the country to fiercely resist it. For two weeks, they have captured the imagination of the world with a daring tree- sit and bold ground actions near Winnsboro, TX that have delayed TransCanada’s operations.
TransCanada has responded by allowing its employees to operate their heavy machines with reckless disregard for the safety of protestors and tree-sitters. Police have responded with brutal means such as pepper-spray and Tasers against peaceful protestors. Prosecutors have responded with elevated charges.
It is clear what is at stake. NASA’s leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has called the Keystone XL pipeline, “a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” If all the carbon stored in the Canadian tar sands is released into the earth’s atmosphere it will mean “game over” for the planet.
In 2011, we saw the Tar Sands Action galvanize environmental and social justice communities in an unprecedented show of unity during the sit-ins in front of the White House. Every day members of Indigenous communities, faith communities, labor communities, anti-mountaintop removal movements, anti-fracking movements and many more stepped forward and put their bodies on the line in solidarity. In the year since, we have witnessed people from the Lakota nation in South Dakota and from Moscow, Idaho putting their bodies in roads and highways blocking large transport trucks carrying oil refining equipment to develop further tar sands extraction. Now, the Tar Sands Blockade has taken the next logical step confronting climate change.
If we are determined to prevent the pursuit of extreme energy from destroying our communities, natural systems and climate, then peaceful, yet confrontational, protests like the Tar Sands Blockade are necessary actions for change.
Let us be clear: there is not an inch of daylight in between us and those blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. We stand with them as we’ve stood with those fighting mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, those defending old growth forests in Cascadia and those challenging nuclear power across this country.
We stand in solidarity with those who stand up for us all.
Alliance for Appalachia
Alliance of Community Trainers (ACT)
Center for Biological Diversity
Climate Ground Zero
Communities for a Better Environment
Community to Community
Council of Canadians
Energy Action Coalition
Friends of the Earth U.S.
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Global Justice Ecology Project
Grassroots Global Justice
Indigenous Environmental Network
Missourians for Empowerment and Reform (MORE)
Movement Strategy Center
New South Network of War Resistors
Occupy the Pipeline
Oil Change International
Radical Action for Mountain Peoples’ Survival (RAMPS)
Rainforest Action Network
Rising Tide North America
smartMeme Strategy & Training Project
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards
UK Tar Sands Network
Exciting news has broken.
This fight to stop the flow of tar sands oil in Texas has taken a dramatic turn. This morning, courageous actionistas with Rising Tide North Texas and the Tar Sands Blockade have begun tree-sits in rural East Texas blocking the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
These eight people have taken to the trees near Winnsboro,TX in an effort to prevent oil giant TransCanada from building the pipeline from Cushing, OK to Port Arthur, TX on the Gulf Coast. This pipeline has been described as a “carbon bomb” and would signal “game over” for the climate if constructed.
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These Texas tree-sitters are a last ditch effort to block the construction of the pipeline and halt the flow of tar sands oil. It’s what Rising Tide does best; direct actionistas working with local communities against the root causes of climate change.
But, now more than ever, they need your support. Blockades and mobile actions are being organized nearby and they need bodies and resources. An open call has been put out and we need you to join the Tar Sands Blockade.
Thanks for all you do.
Rising Tide North America