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10 Things You Can Do to Stop Pipelines from Anywhere in Canada!

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Ten Things You Can Do to Stop Pipelines from Anywhere in Canada!

1. Sign these Petitions

  1. This petition, launched by 17+ current and former members of the Prime Minister's Youth Council, calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel the buyout of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and expansion project.

  2. This Greenpeace petition also calls on Prime Minister "Crudeau" to stop the Kinder Morgan buyout.

  3. This Parliamentary petition, sponsored by MP Elizabeth May, calls upon the Federal Government to halt its purchase plans of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and not otherwise support its expansion.

  4. Sierra Club B.C.'s petition also tells Justin Trudeau that Canadians do not want Kinder Morgan bailed out.

  5. This Green Party petition encourages signees to "Stand with thousands of Canadians and voice your opposition to Kinder Morgan. Until the pipeline expansion breaks ground, let’s seize every chance to turn back the government’s devastating decision."

  6. B.C. non-profit Dogwood launched this petition to call on the federal government to stop using our tax dollars to bailout Kinder Morgan.

2. Follow these Organizations Individuals, organizations, and grassroots movements have all risen up to stop pipelines - here are some of the prominent organizations you should follow to stay in the loop!

  1. Tsleil Waututh Nation Sacred Trust: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  2. Coast Protectors: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  3. Kwekwecnewtxw - Protect The Inlet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  4. Tiny House Warriors: Facebook, Instagram, Website

  5. Raven Trust: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  6. Facebook, Twitter, Website

  7. Clayton Thomas-Müller, a campaigner with, tirelessly works to stop pipelines from coast to coast to coast: Twitter, Instagram

  8. Spirit of the Buffalo: Facebook, Website

  9. Greenpeace Canada: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

  10. Greenpeace Canada's Climate and Energy Campaigner, Mike Hudema, is also worth a separate follow: Twitter, Instagram

  11. Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  12. West Coast Environmental Law: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  13. Environmental Defence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  14. SierraClub BC: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  15. Georgia Strait Alliance: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  16. Dogwood: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  17. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  18. Wilderness Committee: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  19. LeadNow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website

  20. Council of Canadians: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WebsiteSend me an email if you know of other groups to add to this list!

3. Take the Coast Protector's Pledge More than 25,000 people have taken the pledge online: "With our voice, in the courts or the streets, on the water or the land. Whatever it takes, we will stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project." Join them here!

100s of people just took the Coast Protectors Pledge w/ @CreeClayton in Vancouver to stop #KinderMorgan. #StopKM #ProtecttheInlet #SayNotoPipelines — Christie McLeod (@christieamcleod) May 30, 2018

4. Donate to the Stop KM Legal Defence Fund More than 211 people have been arrested for breaking a court-ordered injunction at Kinder Morgan's work sites, including Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson and former head of the BC Teachers Federation Susan Lambert, Indigenous activist, campaigner, and father Clayton Thomas-Müller, this 70-year old grandmother, a 17-year-old high school student, a former Trans Mountain environmental engineer, and many other brave individuals. This fund collects and distributes funds to support these individuals with legal fees for "criminal and contempt of court charges, civil litigation, and related immigration or child custody/welfare issues as well as travel costs and other associated legal defence expenses." Donate to the fund here.

5. Watch these movies The Living Salish Sea is a 88-minute documentary documenting the life, complexity, and beauty of the Salish Sea using extensive underwater cinematography. Elizabeth May gives it a glowing review, stating that "This sweeping documentary takes us in and under the waters of the Salish Sea, while more fully understanding the threats posed by the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to this incredible ecosystem.” Check out the trailer here or the full film here! “What it appeared to me was local communities were being bullied by a federal government and an industry that was really hell bent on making sure this project went through... The grievances that I heard, and the ways in which people’s concerns were being sidelined made me feel like I needed to do something," says Zack Embree, who co-directed this film alongside Devyn Brugge. This 75-minute documentary looks directly at the impact of pipelines on communities across the country. Rent it online here.

  1. You can join the camp if you're nearby!

  2. Provide financial support to the camp here.

  3. Spread the word! Follow Spirit of the Buffalo and Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (see links above) and share their updates with your family, friends, and anyone else you can!

7. Attend one of these upcoming events or plan your own event We've compiled a list of upcoming events taking place across the country to stop pipelines (Email me if you know of other upcoming events!). Winnipeg -July 24th: Line 3 Legal Workshop & Meeting -July 31st: Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition Community BBQ Vancouver -July 23rd: Watch House Workshop -July 31st: Fill the courts & support defendants facing jail time! -August 7th: Build Our Future - Not a Pipeline! Intersection Rally Victoria -August 6th: Fight the Pipeline Fundraiser Toronto -July 24th: StopKM Debrief and Next Steps -July 29th: Greenpeace at Pedestrian Sunday! If you're not located in one of these cities—or even if you are—consider starting your own event or action to stop pipelines! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Hold a bake sale, clothing drive, or garage sale to raise money for one of the organizations or movements listed above

  2. Organize a screening of Directly Affected in your community

  3. Plan a thunderclap (when people sign up to tweet a synchronized message) directed towards Justin Trudeau or your local MP

8. Volunteer to Stop Pipelines Many of the organizations listed above are looking for volunteers to help them stop pipelines. If you're in Winnipeg, consider volunteering with the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (more info here), who has many opportunities for you to get involved. For those in or near Vancouver, consider volunteering at the Watch House, or dropping off a meal at their camp. Go through the organizations listed above and see how you can help stop pipelines.

9. Learn moreIf you're concerned about the dangers of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion --> The Tsleil Waututh Nation conducted an independent assessment of the project that is exponentially more robust than the National Energy Board's was. Their FAQ webpage also answers a lot of specific questions about oil spills, tanker traffic, wildlife, and economic interests. If you want to know where First Nations communities stand on the issue -->This APTN database allows you to search or browse by community to see their position on the Trans Mountain project, as well as how they came to that position and why. If you're curious about those being arrested at the Trans Mountain work sites --> This moving op-ed by Clayton Thomas-Müller details why he protested against the pipeline expansion. If you're less familiar with Line 3 --> check out this op-ed to see why Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition thinks the Line 3 expansion is "all risk and no reward."

10. Don't give up! Kinder Morgan walked away from the project due to "continued actions in opposition to the project" by the B.C. government. With today's deadline of quickly finding a third-party buyer passing, it appears that, for the time being, Canada will continue to be the owner of the pipeline and the expansion project. It's more important than ever to tell the Federal government that this project is not in our country's best interest. When we elected Justin Trudeau, we believed that he would use our tax dollars to fulfill his promises of climate action and reconciliation efforts, not to buy a pipeline from a Texas-based company and give them a seven-fold return to boot. Instead of divesting from fossil fuels like Costa Rica and Ireland, we're making a long-term investment in this dying industry.

"There is no one moment that stops a project, rarely is there just one moment... It took us 10 years to stop It took us five years to stop . We'll stop this one too." -Tzeporah Berman, a director for

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