There are two upcoming action opportunities! One is July 27, one is August 5.
July 27: Columbia River
July 27 action info, from 350 Portland
The Pacific Northwest is under attack. We will fight back: defending what we love and our right to a safe climate and future. Big coal, oil, and gas plan to transform the NW coastline from Oregon to Alaska into a dirty fossil fuel corridor with over 15 export terminals proposed so far.
The main action will take place on Saturday, July 27th, with folks from throughout the Northwest coming together to join the national Summer Heat campaign for a fun and family friendly action. We will combine fights to stop energy extraction, infrastructure and export, and demonstrate what it will look like if fossil fuel corporations try to imperil the climate by moving fossil fuels down the Columbia River.
The event will be at Vancouver Landing (West of 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA) where we’ll have workshops from 10:00-12:30, speakers from around the region from 12:30-1:30 and then an action at 1:30.
The action will be fun and family friendly and there will be roles on the land and the water. We wanna create an glimpse of what it’ll look like if they try and make the NW a dirty fossil fuel corridor, including if fossil fuel corporations try and move coal by barge down the Columbia. We’ll have boats, but bring one if you can!
July 27 action info, from Bill McKibben:
If there’s a strategic pinchpoint in the fight to keep carbon in the ground, it may be Vancouver, Washington, on the Columbia River.
Vancouver is just across the state border from Portland, Oregon, and the hip big city tends to overshadow this bucolic town. But Vancouver may play a much larger role in the history of the planet’s future: at the moment there’s a plan for a huge oil port facility there—rail cars would carry 380,000 barrels a day of Bakken or tarsands crude to be offloaded onto boats. That’s more than a third the size of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Happily, folks are rallying in a big way to stop the plan. I got to go out on the river with the folks from Columbia Riverkeeper on the 17th, and then that night participate in a huge evening gathering organized by the local chapter of our friends at Rising Tide. They did a great job rounding up a diverse audience, which included a lot of local people interested in hearing why their town is suddenly of global significance.
I wish to heck I could be here on July 27th, when Rising Tide Portland and 350PDX will coordinate a big Summer Heat rally on the river—it should be a real sight, with dozens of kayaks and stand-up paddleboarders drawing a “line in the water” underneath the I-5 bridge, which will in turn be lined with folks carrying banners and signs.
If you can make it, you definitely will be glad you did — you can click here for more details and to RSVP: joinsummerheat.org/pdx
And though the work is centered on the port here, they’re also busy helping in the fight against proposed coal ports and LNG terminals along the Northwest coast. If the fossil fuel industry has its way, this lovely coastline will be the new dirty energy corridor, speeding carbon towards Asia. If we do our job right, we can block these plans and in so doing keep huge amounts of coal, oil and gas in the ground.
This is one of the hottest fronts in the fight for a livable climate, and you know what? The folks on the ground doing the fighting are so good that the fossil fuel barons should be at least a little nervous. Game on!
August 5: Backbone carbon corridor/coal train action
There’s not a lot of info available yet, but this is expected to be a “polluter tour” on the Seattle waterfront. It will come out of the Backbone campaign’s week-long activist training camp.