7 million Arctic Defenders, Greenpeace and First Nations communities fight to stop Arctic drilling and defend our coast

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“All I have is my voice, my body and the truth I speak. I can’t do this alone.
We — 7 million Arctic Defenders, Greenpeace and First Nations communities — will stop Arctic drilling and defend our coast and our climate.”
— Audrey Siegl (sχɬemtəna:t), Activist and Artist, Musqueam Nation & Greenpeace
Stand with me, as I face off against Shell and join the movement to save the Arctic.

“Facing such a massive machine from a tiny boat is terrifying, but I believe – and I bet you do too – that we all have a duty to do whatever we can to protect our sacred lands and waters. Shell may have money and massive machines, but the people united are more powerful.
Up until now Shell has tried to ignore the voices of millions of people around the world who have said yes to Arctic protection and no to Arctic drilling. But they won’t be able to for much longer, because instead of sitting idly by while Shell forces its way into the Arctic, regular people, like me, are saying enough is enough and creating an international spotlight on Shell’s drilling plans.

In April, six activists boarded and occupied Shell’s drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, for 7 days in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
In May, hundreds of kayaktivists gathered in Seattle to protest Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet.
On Monday, Greenpeace USA activists bravely paddled their kayaks out to Shell’s monster rig and formed a human blockade in front of it preventing it from leaving the port of Seattle!
And today, just when Shell thought they had a clear path to the Arctic, with your help, we were ready, and waiting.

Today I’m accompanied by the Greenpeace ship Esperanza in the Pacific Ocean on the west coast but I am here on behalf 7 million of people calling for the renewable solutions that already exist.

Because of regular people, like you and I, we’ve made it impossible for Shell to sneak up to Arctic waters and drill quietly. The movement to save the Arctic has made Shell’s drilling plans front-page news.

But the reality is that Shell could start drilling as early as July 1st, we need to do everything that we can before then to stop this madness before it starts. Please keep standing with us this summer, as the movement grows. This won’t end today, together we can take on Big Oil!

nə́c̓aʔmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct
We are of one heart and mind

Audrey Siegl (sχɬemtəna:t)
Activist and Artist, Musqueam Nation

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110 Scientists Band Together To Stand Up For Native Rights, Against Keystone XL in Canada

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June 17, 2015, bluenationreview.com | “A group of more than 100 scientists, ranging from economists to geophysicists, have come together to stand against development in the Alberta oil sands, Indian Country Today Media Network reports.  In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the scientists invoked the treaty rights of aboriginal people, Native sovereignty, and scientific evidence in their statement against the extraction of bituminous crude from Alberta.”

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Native Americans are on the front lines of this fight, and they will make powerful allies in our battle to protect our planet.
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Largest native title claim in NSW acknowledges Barkandji people in state’s far west

June 16, 2015, www.abc.net.au | “Four hundred people gathered near Broken Hill for the ceremony and greeted the announcement with cheers and emotion.  The determination by consent by Federal Court judge Jayne Jagot recognises the Barkandji people’s connection to country has continued since before colonisation.”

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NSW’s largest native title claim to be settled in state’s far west
Hundreds of people are gathering in NSW today for a court ruling on the state’s largest native title claim.
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Native traditional methods revived to combat California drought, wildfires

June 12, 2015, alj.am | “As California battles its worst drought in 1,000 years  — and after massive wildfires swept across the state for two consecutive summers — a number of tribe members, scientists and U.S. Forest Service officials are working to revive traditional Native American land management practices that some believe could help contain the blazes and lessen effects of the drought.”

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Good news for the earth!
As state grapples with dry conditions, first peoples called on for their traditional knowledge
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An Ancient Native American Drought Solution For A Parched California

June 2, 2015, kvpr.org | “In the Sierra Nevada, above Fresno, North Fork Mono Indians are working to thin the forest. The group’s goal is twofold. Save water and prevent large-scale forest fires. North Fork Mono Indians have been using this approach for centuries, but now California’s severe drought means these ancient techniques are being looked at as a possible long-term solution. From Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.”

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In the Sierra Nevada, above Fresno, North Fork Mono Indians are working to thin the forest. The group’s goal is twofold. Save water and prevent large-scale
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Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development

May 28, 2015, www.hcn.org | “On May 13, a tribe in Northern British Columbia turned down a Malaysian energy company’s offer of nearly $260,000 (CAN $319,000) for each member as compensation for building a natural gas export terminal on ancestral lands. The Lax Kw’alaam First Nation said no to the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the terminal last week over the risk to local salmon habitat.”

Lax Kw’alaam First Nation said no to the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the terminal last week over the risk to local salmon habitat.
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
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Grassy Narrows 12-year blockade against clear cutting wins award

 

May 24, 2015, www.cbc.ca | “An Ontario environmental group is recognizing one of Canada’s longest standing blockades with a public service award.  Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario received Ontario Nature’s J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for exceptional environmental achievement at a ceremony on Saturday.”

Absolutely Awesome!
An Ontario environmental group is recognizing one of Canada’s longest standing blockades with a public service award.
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This amazing village in India plants 111 trees every time a girl is born

May 21, 2015, www.globalcitizen.org | “In a country that historically favors the birth of a son, Piplantri village in India has created a new tradition that not only celebrates the birth of a daughter, but also benefits the community and the planet. You see, every time a girl is born they plant 111 trees. That’s right, 111 trees!”

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A tradition that celebrates girls and benefits the community and planet.
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How Indigenous Kayactivists Protest Against Shell

The Lummi Youth Canoe leads kayaktivists to shores the Duwamish people used to inhabit for thousands of years. ALEX GARLAND

May 19, 2015, www.popularresistance.org | “Saturday’s action against the towering Arctic drilling rig now squatting in the port’s Terminal 5—originally Duwamish waters—was different, for lots of reasons.  It began early in the morning at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, where Duwamish chairwoman and elder Cecile Hansen prepped starchy biscuit mix to feed more than 50 mouths for the protest, her glasses soon flecked with flour. Native leaders and participants had traveled from all over to lead kayaktivists in native canoes that day, some coming in from Alaska. And Hansen, who can’t be much more than five feet tall, has been fighting for federal recognition of the Duwamish people for much of her life.”

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Region’s Tribal Leaders Gather In Seattle To Fight Coal Terminal

JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation, calls on the Federal Government to deny permits for the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal at a gathering of tribal leaders from around the Northwest, British Columbia and Montana. May 14, 2015, www.opb.org | “Native American leaders gathered Thursday in Seattle to draw attention to the ongoing battle between tribes from British Columbia and around the Northwest, and the companies that want to export coal and oil to Asia.  Leaders from the Lummi, Spokane, Quinault, Yakama, Tulalip, Northern Cheyenne, Swinomish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nation of British Columbia gathered at the Ballard Locks in Seattle to call on the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, which could be built near the Canadian border.”

Tribal leaders from British Columbia, Montana and all over Washington state gathered in Seattle Thursday to demand that the federal government deny permits for the largest coal export terminal in the U.S.
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