Aug 03

COMMITMENT TO SCIENCE-BASED CARBON REDUCTIONS AND SOLUTIONS

 

This seems like an apt week to announce our commitment to science-based carbon reductions and solutions.

 

Washington State and Seattle have been leaders on climate issues, but this reputation is deeply threatened by the great increase in fossil fuel infrastructure in the state–Arctic drilling rigs, oil trains, coal trains, new highways, etc.–and also by a lack of bold and unwavering attention to what the laws of physics actually require of us if we want to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

 

We hope the wording of this commitment will allow us and other groups–we’re working to persuade many others to be signers to the statement–to keep our eyes on the prize of real sustainability, even when we sometimes accept measures that fall short of it (but that nevertheless get us a little closer).

 

We probably don’t have the clout to persuade the President to follow our lead….but with luck, we can help to influence local leaders to continue to strengthen their own legacies of leadership on climate issues. We will all be judged on this.

Jul 28

Nice MSNBC interview on kayaktivism….

 

With our own dear Lisa Marcus, and Bill Moyer of Backbone.

 

 

Jul 12

Stop Oil Trains!

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Scores of people joined us for a processional and die-in yesterday, memorializing the 47 people who died in the July 2013 oil train explosion at Lac Megantic. The processional went from CenturyLink Field to SafeCo Field, both of which were packed with people, in order to underline the craziness of allowing unpredictable explosives-on-wheels to travel right through downtown Seattle, right next to the stadiums. As the fliers say: We are not prepared. No one is prepared.

Many thanks to the speakers, Kat Holmes, Lucas Amansec of Unite Here Local 8, Council Member Kshama Sawant, and Patrick Mazza; to Kat and David Perk for organizing; and to all who joined us on a Saturday evening!

Coverage here:

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Jun 30

The (Ig) Noble Discoverer is Gone

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Well, we knew that kayaks vs. the machine wasn’t a fair fight, but nonetheless, it was very hard to watch the Noble Discoverer head up to Alaska this morning.

Twenty kayaktivists–from 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign, and other groups–paddled into the rig’s path, and five were detained and fined by the Coast Guard.

But the fight is by no means over: it’s time now to put pressure on our political leaders to stand up to Shell, and make sure the company knows it’s not welcome in Washington State.

Just this morning, the Department of the Interior gave Shell its “letter of authorization” to “take” polar bears and walruses…like Arctic mammals don’t have enough to worry about. Thanks to the good work of Earthjustice, Shell is, at least, restricted to a single well at a time, and not the two that they’d been planning on: that’s something.

Stay tuned, and stay fired up!

Jun 25

Join the Vigil!

NDWithin a day or three–possibly as early as tomorrow–the (Ig) Noble Discoverer will leave Everett, on its way to the Arctic.

 

But it ain’t over. For one thing, Shell may have hit a permitting snag. For another, let’s face it, they haven’t been excessively competent in their efforts. And here in Seattle, we’ll be continuing our efforts at every level–political, educational, direct action–to keep the rigs from returning here (or, ideally, anywhere) ever again.

 

Meanwhile, we’re having a vigilon land and (for those who wish) on waterto mark the departure of the rig. We focused attention worldwide on the folly and injustice of Arctic drilling, and that’s an excellent start, but there’s no denying that however distressed we were to see these rigs arrive, we’re more distressed to see them leave.

 

Some of the kayakers may try to block the rig; they’d love your help. We’ll have (a few) extra kayaks available for those without.

In recent days, 800 people have died in an unprecedented heatwave in Karachi: these are the stakes. If Arctic drilling goes forward, it will embed ever more tragedies, permanently, into our future.

 

Please come join us, for a few hours or all night or all day, and sit with us in sorrow, in hope, and most of all in determination. Sign up for shifts on land (2458 W Marine View Dr) and/or on water (at the public boat launch, north of the Marina at the Port of Everett),…and please bring candles, flashlights, and your own signs (if you have them–if not, no worries).

Jun 22

The Fight Continues

P-P24 activists were detained last Monday, after blockading the departure of the Polar Pioneer for Alaska. Carlo & Emily were among those detained, as were 10 other local activists (including our dear friend, Council Member Mike O’Brien), as well as a dozen Greenpeace activists who joined us from farther afield. Lisa Marcus, Michael Foster, and many other 350 Seattle folks were also on the water, along with dozens supporting the kayakers on land. We’re deeply grateful that so many of you that gave so much of yourselves in the days and weeks leading up to Monday’s action.

Watching the rig depart was heartbreaking; we thought we’d be able to hold them off for longer, but the tugs were much too aggressive. The whole campaign has been a real success, though, as well as a deeply heartening example of what needs to happen worldwide–with groups large and small jumping in and finding ways to work together to fight the monster projects that could doom the climate (and, not so incidentally, us). We are deeply grateful for the vision, leadership, resolve, and compassion of our allies: the Backbone Campaign, The Other 98%, Bayan, Idle No More, Rising Tide, the Raging Grannies, the other ShellNo Action Coalition groups…and, of course, Greenpeace, the staff of which has as much experience in these fights as anyone; their expertise, openness, and commitment were essential. Working so intensely with amazing people from near and far was an incredible experience: Shell has no idea what a movement it has wrought here.

We’ve been incredibly successful in our quest to put the issue of Arctic drilling in the public eye; I suspect that we’ve increased the number of people who know about the Nature study (indicating that there’s no level of safe Arctic drilling, if we want even a 50% chance of avoiding catastrophic warming) by an order of magnitude, and we’ve given them a human-sized image of hope and defiance that was an unforgettable metaphor for the David-and-Goliath fight that we’re in, both against the fossil fuel companies and against climate change itself.

And the fight is by no means over. Several local groups (including 350 Seattle) will soon be sending a letter to the Governor, Mayor, King County Executive, and City Council, urging them to use the full extent of their powers to fight Shell’s return. Together, they’ve done a great deal of good work on climate issues; we need them to show that spirit and more in the fight agains Shell. Some of the same people are also in conversation with the Port of Tacoma, trying to make it clear that Shell’s business isn’t worth the trouble it would cause them, if we win here. We also intend to slow the departure of the Noble Discoverer from Everett in the coming days…and we need to keep up the drumbeat of communications in the media and in social media, to make sure this issue stays in the public eye: only then can we hope that federal and global political leaders will begin to catch up to we-the-people, and ban Arctic drilling forever.

Many of you were incredibly dedicated in this fight, and we are profoundly grateful–you came to meetings that seemed to happen every day for weeks on end, you volunteered to haul kayaks or make art, you showed up at pickets and demonstrations of all kinds, and you chimed in with fabulous ideas and important concerns, which you then took responsibility for realizing, or helping to solve. We couldn’t have done it without you–all of you.

Many of you have asked how you can help support 350 Seattle’s ongoing battles against Shell and all our other important work: please use this link. As you may know from our one appeal back in February, we’re trying to build a base of support so that six people on our leadership team can get paid for a day or two a week; getting grants is a slow process, and meanwhile, some of us have been working six or seven days a week on this fight for months now. We deeply appreciate anything you can do.

Several people have specifically wanted to defray our Coast Guard fines. To donate to the legal support fund, please go here; the Shell No Action Council (SNAC) is managing this fund as a support for anti-Shell work citywide (and eventually for other climate actions as well). Doing this all-for-one-and-one-for-all means that people who engage as individuals can still be covered, as can marginalized groups that might have a harder time raising money. We know it’s a little confusing to have two different links for donations, but the existence of the SNAC legal defense fund is a pretty exciting thing, so we can’t resist pointing you there even though we really need your support, too.

Jun 09

We need you!

 

We expect the rig to start to leave SOON–maybe as early as tomorrow. If you possibly can, please come support us, on land or on water!

 

Get Rapid Response Text Notifications: Text “Shell” to 877-877 to get text updates on the ShellNo campaign in Seattle and text “@thefleet“ to 23559 to get the rapid response notification when the rig starts to leave.

 

And sign up here to volunteer!

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May 19

Oh, wow: what a weekend….

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700 strong blocking T5 at the Port on Monday, and 300+ boats (and 1000+ people on land) on Saturday. Do you think maybe the Commissioners, Foss, and Shell are getting the message that Seattle stands strong against Arctic drilling?

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Also check out this great video from our friends at Greenpeace:

 

May 16

Why We Oppose Arctic Drilling

May 16

The Polar Pioneer Has Been Unwelcomed to Seattle!

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MSNBC story here (and if you want more, check out this search–the story of our resistance to Shell has gone out worldwide).

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