Desmond Tutu to speak at Fort McMurray oilsands conference Conference will address treaty relationships in oilsands context The Canadian Press Posted: May 01, 2014 6:33 PM MT Last Updated: May 01, 2014 6:39 PM MT
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is scheduled to appear at a conference in northern Alberta to discuss aboriginal treaties and theoilsands.
The Nobel laureate, who has taken strong stands on climate change and against projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline, is to appear with industry and political leaders at a two-day event that begins May 31 in Fort McMurray.
"He has been vocal about his position on the oilsands," said ErielDeranger, spokeswoman for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, which is co-sponsoring the conference.
"He's really brought forward the moral imperative question about can we really move forward with these projects knowing what we know now? I really hope that he can bring this moral imperative narrative to discussions about Alberta's tar sands."
We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet
We must stop climate change. And we can, if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa against the worst carbon emitters
By Demond Tutu, published in The Guardian April 10, 2014
Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.
If the negative impacts of the pipeline would affect only Canada and the US, we could say good luck to them. But it will affect the whole world, our shared world, the only world we have. We don't have much time.
This week in Berlin, scientists and public representatives have been weighing up radical options for curbing emissions contained in the third report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The bottom line is that we have 15 years to take the necessary steps. The horse may not have bolted, but it's well on its way through the stable door.
Who can stop it? Well, we can, you and I. And it is not just that we can stop it, we have a responsibility to do so. It is a responsibility that begins with God commanding the first human inhabitants of the garden of Eden "to till it and keep it". To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it.
The taste of "success" in our world gone mad is measured in dollars and francs and rupees and yen. Our desire to consume any and everything of perceivable value – to extract every precious stone, every ounce of metal, every drop of oil, every tuna in the ocean, every rhinoceros in the bush – knows no bounds. We live in a world dominated by greed. We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth.
It is clear that those countries and companies primarily responsible for emitting carbon and accelerating climate change are not simply going to give up; they stand to make too much money. They need a whole lot of gentle persuasion from the likes of us. And it need not necessarily involve trading in our cars and buying bicycles!
There are many ways that all of us can fight against climate change: by not wasting energy, for instance. But these individual measures will not make a big enough difference in the available time.
People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. We can, for instance, boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies. We can demand that the advertisements of energy companies carry health warnings. We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities and cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil-fuel industry. We can organise car-free days and build broader societal awareness. We can ask our religious communities to speak out.
We can actively encourage energy companies to spend more of their resources on the development of sustainable energy products, and we can reward those companies that do so by using their products. We can press our governments to invest in renewable energy and stop subsidising fossil fuels. Where possible, we can install our own solar panels and water heaters.
We cannot necessarily bankrupt the fossil fuel industry. But we can take steps to reduce its political clout, and hold those who rake in the profits accountable for cleaning up the mess.
And the good news is that we don't have to start from scratch. Young people across the world have already begun to do something about it. The fossil fuel divestment campaign is the fastest growing corporate campaign of its kind in history.
Last month, the General Synod of the Church of England voted overwhelmingly to review its investment policy in respect of fossil fuel companies, with one bishop referring to climate change as "the great demon of our day". Already some colleges and pension funds have declared they want their investments to be congruent with their beliefs.
It makes no sense to invest in companies that undermine our future. To serve as custodians of creation is not an empty title; it requires that we act, and with all the urgency this dire situation demands.
MNN. May 6, 2014. We own Indian tobacco! “Organized Crime” is the courts, police and all of the corporations masquerading as sovereigns in our territory. They are cracking down on a business essential to our economy in this matrix they have created. This attack is a declaration of war! They are attacking our only economy to feed our children. They are ripping off the Canadian public to continue the monopoly of corporate “big tobacco” who charge $10 a pack. We only charge $5. So they attack us and call us criminals. The main object is “get rid of the f—king Mohawks!” The bankers have been trying to do this since 1609 when they sent over their agent Champlain.
Ahserakowa: “We told you, Champlain, a time will come when we will have to drop the black wampum!”
“PROJECT LYCOSE” had 400 officers from RCMP, CBSA, Akwesasne Indian Council Police, municipal forces and US Homeland Security. Canada spent $91.7 million on radar, sonar, unmanned ground sensors, choppers, other sensors, mobile posts, long range thermal video cameras and all kinds of other high tech weaponry.
Remember, we won the French & Indian Wars.
We have a right to live here on our own land under our own laws. The heavily armed enforcers for the London bankers are trying to illegally stop any economy that helps us take care of ourselves. Tobacco is one of the many stolen items from our people.
This uninvited occupying force has no business here. Their authority is invalid. The ever-growing $900 trillion Indian Trust Fund is the only reason that the Corporation of Canada exists. This consensus process in this pretend democracy is fatally flawed. The white roots are laid out for the people who want to know what true freedom is.
We don’t want handouts. Only what is ours.
Jimi Hendrix reminds the oligarchs: “You got my pride hanging out of my bed. You’re messin’ with my life. So I bought my lead. You’re even messing with my children. And you’re screaming at my wife. Get off my back if you wanna get out of here alive!” “Freedom”.