The EU is currently in the process of stopping tar sands fuel coming into Europe. The EU wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels by 6% by 2020. This proposal would effectively be a huge stumbling block for future plans to import tar sands oil into Europe.
But this vital action on climate change is being blocked by the UK government. Lewes MP Norman Baker, as Transport Minister, is responsible for the UK’s position. He is opposing EU action on tar sands oil. Only last year Mr Baker had called for a stop to the extraction because of the huge climate impact of tar sands
It’s time to show Norman Baker that people in his constituency want him to do the right thing for the environment. Lush have got the ball rolling with thier amazing window display of Norman Baker being tarred. People and Planet have also set up online action for you to sign, tweet and share.
Join us as we stop the Tar Monster in its tracks!
On Saturday 26th November the people of Lewes will be getting a visit from an oily tar monster. The monster will be wandering the streets of Lewes to send a clear message to local MP Norman Baker to stop caving to Canadian lobbying efforts and make a commitment to effective climate policy.
Join us @10am outside the WHSmith on the main high street in Lewes. Invite people people along!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The UK Tar Sands Network will be joined by South Coast Climate Camp, the Lewes District Green Party and Friends of the Earth Lewes
Guest Blog from Transition Heathrow
Transition Heathrow is delighted at being named the first Tar-Free community in the UK. At our recent Resistance Jam weekend, Sue and Emily from the UK Tar Sands Network visited Grow Heathrow to unveil a new banner they had prepared for us and to explain their new initiative.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the capitalist system around us has gone crazy. Our total dependence on oil is socially self-destructing, and the only way our economy can sustain itself is by wrecking everything in its path in a quest for the last remaining dregs of unexploited oil reserves. The environmentally catastrophic Tar Sands extraction in Alberta is the foremost example of this.
Across the world communities are starting to stand up to illegitimate governments and corporations that continue to put profits before people. We need to join the dots between communities under threat. The forces trying to destroy communities around Heathrow airport are the same as those bringing destruction to Alberta. We at Transition Heathrow stand in solidarity with the indigenous communities who face losing their livelihoods, traditions and history through the complete destruction of their local environment.
We felt incredibly honoured when First Nations activists from Alberta chose to visit Transition Heathrow earlier this year, as part of the No Tar Sands UK tour. An evening of discussion and shared stories brought hope and inspiration to our separate struggles. Working together and supporting each other can only help communities under threat defend themselves.
Becoming a Tar-Free Town means making a commitment to only using ethical sources of energy. By themselves, our actions may not have much impact, but by acting together we can drive the Tar Sands out of our towns and out of the UK, and create a future where our energy needs are met without the rights of indigenous communities being trampled on.