Why the Efforts to #StopLine3 Matter
The proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion would despoil the sacred land and water of Minnesota. It is a project of Canadian fossil fuel company Enbridge, to increase their exports of climate-destabilizing tar-sands oil. Line 3 construction violates treaty rights of the indigenous people to fish, hunt and harvest manoomin (wild rice, Zizania palustris).
For Novasutras, holding actions to #StopLine3 are a full expression of agaya and ubuntu. The climate implications of maintaining or expanding tar-sands oil extraction are catastrophic, and the destruction of habitat associated with tar-sands mining is devastating. There is a high likelihood of leaks along the pipeline threaten over 200 bodies of water, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River (Enbridge has a terrible record of pipeline leak disasters). This treaty violation is a willful denial of indigenous rights.
We choose to stand in solidarity with the indigenous leaders who are using nonviolent direct action and sacred ceremony to uphold their rights.
We stand in solidarity with indigenous water protectors, calling to #StopLine3. We demand that banks stop funding Line 3 and other destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. We urge President Biden and the US Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the permits for Line 3 construction.
Novasutras Santa Cruz #StopLine3 Efforts
Recent Santa Cruz Call to Action to #StopLine3
The Line 3 pipeline is a project of Canadian fossil fuel company Enbridge, to expand their exports of tarsands oil. Enbridge is more than 60% done constructing their proposed Line 3 project, and on July 15 the last restrictions keeping them from drilling under waterways where wild rice grows were lifted. We anticipate Enbridge attempting their final river crossings, including one under the headwaters of the Mississippi, in late July.*
We were part of a team that went to support indigenous water protectors in Minnesota at the beginning of June. We joined an action in San Francisco on Friday July 16th, where Michelle was among the five who willingly risked arrest and were cited at the Army Corps of Engineers offices, doing what we could to draw attention to this critical issue. This letter explains the intent of that action; the Army Corps of Engineers issued the permit to Enbridge, and they or President Biden could act to immediately revoke it.
We envision a big push for publicity locally, starting as soon as we can manage (starting this weekend, as soon as we settle on timings). The Anishinaabe women of the RISE Coalition are now calling on people to join them in northern Minnesota to protect the wild rice waters July 19-31.* We’d like to offer an option for those who aren’t ready or able to travel to Minnesota to be acting in support locally. We’ve set up a sign-up form here – https://forms.gle/qcQdrSbxMocZRBSc9
Our vision is to have one or two demonstrations around town, perhaps on Pacific Ave. or at the local branches of banks that are funding Enbridge’s Line 3 project. We have a beautiful collection of posters to use as signs. We’d like to pass out small flyers with info about moving money out of these banks, plus info about petitions to sign, and/or a short script to call White House and Jaime Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the key decision-makers who could halt the project immediately.
This link takes you to a national petition from the Sierra Club to the key decision makers.
This is urgent. This matters, for our integrity as a country, and for the future well-being of people in Minnesota and all around the world. We must protect the sacred lands and waters from the potential of pipeline leaks. We must honor our treaties with indigenous tribes. We must stop tar sands pipelines to prevent climate catastrophe. We must halt construction on Line 3.
Please join us in this call to action, and share widely with local climate activists.
*These paragraphs borrow some language directly from the email by Resist Line 3 sent July 17th.
Traditions of holiday revels have been co-opted to push an environmentally-destructive consumerist agenda. How can we reclaim older holiday traditions, and create new ones like Climate Caroling, to heal our communities? What other actions can add meaning and build community with our holiday celebrations?
Climate Caroling is a festive form of activism. Singing alternate lyrics and other actions can add meaning and message to holiday celebrations. Novasutras Solstice events and other holiday practices show our reverence for life on Earth, and our interdependence with all beings.
COP26 is coming. In response, climate-concerned groups all around the world are calling for mobilizations throughout this month, to demonstrate the widespread public calls for real change in response to the climate crisis. Learn more about recent actions to #StopLine3, and the upcoming Faiths for Climate Justice and Youth Climate Strikes.
Novasutras Santa Cruz efforts to stop Line 3 tarsands oil pipeline being built through norther Minnesota #DefundLine3 #StopTheMoneyPipeline
We stand in solidarity with indigenous water protectors, calling to #StopLine3. The proposed tar sands oil pipeline expansion would despoil the sacred land and water of Minnesota. We demand that banks stop funding Line 3 and other destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. We urge President Biden and the US Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the permits for Line 3 construction.
We stood in solidarity with indigenous water protectors, affirming treaty rights & blocking construction of Line 3. Line 3 must not be allowed to carry toxic tar sands oil through the sacred land and water of Minnesota. Learn more about what happened at the Treaty People Gathering, and what you can do to #StopLine3.