Tuesday, Oct 11
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Updated 1:45PM PST 10/11/2016: Two more detained. Reed Ingalls and Casey Forest Kanode detained for questioning in Montana.
Update, 10:40AM PST 10/11 PST: Activists release a letter to the president, making demands for courageous leadership in this time of climate cataclysm.
Update, 9:30AM PST10/11/2016: In total 9 arrested including:
Minnesota, Enbridge Line 4 & 67 Pipelines, Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein
Washington, Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline, Ken Ward and documentary filmmaker Lindsay Grayzel and Carl
North Dakota, Transcanada Keystone Pipeline, Michael Foster, Sam Jessup, and documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg
Montana, Spectra Energy Express Pipeline, Leonard Higgins
Update, 9:20AM PST 10/11/2016: The entire documentary team Lindsay Grizzel and Carl in Anacortes, WA has been arrested
Update, 9:15AM PST 10/11/2016: Police have arrested the whole North Dakota team, Michael Foster, Sam Jessup, and documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg. Ken Ward, Annette Klapstein, and Emily Johnston have also been arrested.
Update, 7:48AM PST 10/11/2016: All Tar Sands Pipelines entering US manually turned off, Tar sands entering the US via pipeline comes to a halt for the first time.
Update, 7:37 AM PST 10/11/2016: 1st two pipelines, Enbridge Line 4 and 67 pipelines, manually shutdown in Minnesota by Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein.
BREAKING: To avert climate catastrophe, activists shut down 5 pipelines bringing Tar Sands Oil into the U.S, in Solidarity with Standing Rock
Press Contact: Afrin Sopariwala 408.598.7656 firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning, by 7:30AM Pacific time, 5 activists have successfully shut down 5 pipelines across the United States delivering tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. Activists employed manual safety valves, calling on President Obama to use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe.
192 nations have agreed that average global temperature should not increase 1.5C° above baseline in order to avert climate change cataclysm. This objective cannot be met, and any hope of keeping temperature below even 2.0°C depends on a total ban on new fossil fuel extractions and an immediate end to oil sands and coal use. In the absence of any political leadership or legal mechanisms for accomplishing this, these individuals feel duty bound to halt the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels by personal direct action.
Ken Ward, 59, of Corbette OR said, "There is no plan of action, policy or strategy being advanced now by any political leader or environmental organization playing by the rules that does anything but acquiesce to ruin. Our only hope is to step outside polite conversation and put our bodies in the way. We must shut it down, starting with the most immediate threats -- oil sands fuels and coal."
Emily Johnston, 50, of Seattle WA said, "For years we’ve tried the legal, incremental, reasonable methods, and they haven’t been enough; without a radical shift in our relationship to Earth, all that we love will disappear. My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of jail. My love for the beauties of this world is far greater than my love of an easy life."
Annette Klapstein, 64, of Bainbridge Island, WA said "Like mothers everywhere, I act from a deep love that extends to all children and young people, and all living beings on this planet. I have signed hundreds of petitions, testified at dozens of hearings, met with most of my political representatives at every level, to very little avail. I have come to believe that our current economic and political system is a death sentence to life on earth, and that I must do everything in my power to replace these systems with cooperative, just, equitable and love-centered ways of living together. This is my act of love."
Michael Foster, 52 of Seattle WA said, "I am here to generate action that wakes people up to the reality of what we are doing to life as we know it. All of our climate victories are meaningless if we don’t stop extracting oil, coal and gas now."
Leonard Higgins, 64, of Eugene, OR said, "Because of the climate change emergency, because governments and corporations have for decades increased fossil fuel extraction and carbon emissions when instead we must dramatically reduce carbon emissions; I am committed to the moral necessity of participating in nonviolent direct action to protect life."
More words from the activists here: http://www.shutitdown.today/activist_bios
WHERE. Enbridge line 4 and 67, Leonard, MN; TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline, Walhalla, ND; Spectra Energy’s Express pipeline, Coal Banks Landing, MT; Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline, Anacortes, WA.
WHO. Climate Direct Action is Emily Johnson, 50 and Michael Foster, 52, of Seattle, WA, Annette Klapstein, 64, of Bainbridge Island, WA, Ken Ward, 59, of Corbett, OR, and Leonard Higgins, 64, of Eugene, Oregon, with the support of Climate Disobedience Action Fund.