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by Elmar Stellnberger

150+ Water protectors in jail. Call President Biden to Stop Line 3!

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Draconic Laws put into force: More than 150 water protectors, land defenders and climate warriors from more than 2,000 were arrested on Monday at the Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota to stop the Line 3 tar sand pipeline. President Biden has the power to stop the pipeline, and police harassment and intimidation right now. Call President Biden now and tell him to #StopLine3 and #BuildBackFossilFree! See a map of major pipeline projects. new: petition against Amazon Crude Oil; more concerning Line 3: Rising Tide North America.



USA: Ban Chlorpyrifos / PFAS Toxical Forever

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Source: action, info,
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Chlorpyrifos is especially harmful to children causing learning disabilities, including reductions in IQ, developmental delay, and behavioral problems. In the EU the pesticide is already forbidden and now a court in the US has ruled that Chlorpyrifos is too dangerous to grow our food. Tell the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to follow suit and forbid the chemical.

PFAS (per & polyfluor alkyl substances) are a group of persistent non-biodegradable chemicals impacting the thyroid, immune system, reproductive system, lowering the effects of vaccinations, raising the susceptibility for infections, causing cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems. These chemicals already have become ubiquituous appearing in breast milk in the US. Though they are regulated in the EU they are easily transported in the environment covering long distances away and an increasing problem worldwide: article at msmagazine.com, mentioned also at elstel.org, plastics article.




‘Black Wednesday’ for big oil

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Source: info, action,
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An exemplary ruling by a Dutch court orders Shell to cut its emissions by 45% within the next 10 years. “If they truly believe their strategy aligns with Paris, then there should be no problem complying with the court’s demands,” says Teulings. “Shell’s decision to appeal is therefore irreconcilable. Therein lies the lie.” Despite the appeal, the judgment must be implemented immediately. In the aftermath Exxon shareholders, including investment giants BlackRock and Vanguard, voted to oust at least two of the oil giant’s board members in favour of candidates put forward by Engine No 1, an activist hedge fund founded less than six months ago, for failing to take the transition to low-carbon energy seriously. At Chevron, more than 60% of investors voted in favour of a climate resolution from Dutch campaign group Follow This to force the company to reduce its emissions. However, on the other side BlackRock, Vanguard, and State StreetTogether have still provided $46 billion to oil companies currently operating in the Amazon rainforest that are linked to horrific environmental and human rights records, indigenous rights abuses, hazardous pollution, corruption, biodiversity loss, and climate warming (see amazonwatch.org). We have already reported that GeoPark, a Chilean oil company, was actively paying paramilitary forces to threaten and intimidate local residents of the campesino community known as Perla Amazónica, in Putumayo, Colombia. The “Big Three” manage trillions of dollars of investments for individual and institutional investors all over the world, including pension funds and university endowments. Together they control nearly 20 trillion dollars.
A Canadian oil and gas exploration company, ReconAfrica, plans to go ahead with fracking in the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills, an UNESCO World Heritage Site in Botswana: sign the petition.






USA: Protesting Must Not be a Crime

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Source: info,
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A half-year after Donald Trump’s drubbing at the polls, the right-wing effort to criminalize dissent and protest among environmental and social justice activists continues to gain momentum. In early May, Montana governor Greg Gianforte signed into law a bill designed to protect “critical infrastructure” including gas and oil pipelines. Individuals who trespass, or merely “impede or inhibit operations” at these sites could face as much as 18 months in prison and $4,500 fines. Under the new law, protesters who cause more than $1,500 in damage could be faced with a maximum of $150,000 in fines and 30 years in prison. Organizations found to be involved in coordinating with the protesters could be required to pay a maximum fine of $1.5 million. The Montana law is one of a host of copycat bills that have been introduced in Republican-led states over the past several years. Protesters have already been ensnared by these draconian laws. In August 2018, activists from a group called L’eau Est La Vie (French for “water is life”) embarked on a creative protest against a pipeline being built through the bayou country of Louisiana. Using ropes and pulleys, the activists hoisted themselves into ancient cypress trees. “We were targeted,” said Anne White Hat, an Indigenous activist who was arrested at the site and charged with two felony counts of trespassing, which, collectively, carry a maximum sentence of 10 years. White Hat said she and several other protesters were physically accosted by officers. One of her fellow activists was kicked; another, tased. According to a Greenpeace report titled Dollars vs. Democracy, many of the top donors to state legislators who sponsor these anti-protest and “critical infrastructure” bills were fossil fuel companies, including Koch Industries, Berkshire Hathaway, Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and Marathon Petroleum.