The Guardian[1] has called it “the largest act of civil disobedience in US history”.  Following calls for Tim de Christopher’s imprisonment[2] to be the US climate movement’s ‘Rosa Parks[3] moment’, Tar Sands Action[4] has mobilised thousands of people for an act of collective civil disobedience in a continuous two-week sit-in in front of the White House. The call to action also drew two major unions[5], representing 200,000 US workers across 22 states into the call to stop the pipeline.

This could be a break-through for the international campaign to stop the expansion of the Canadian tar sands. The US is a key market for the Canadian tar sands, and numerous refineries are located there.  Public pressure opposing the tar sands could derail expansion plans.

Europe is a second key market, and Canada has been lobbying the EU[6] to accept its tar sands exports. Here in the UK grassroots activists including the UK Tar Sands Network[7] and Climate Camp[8] have taken action in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental Network[9] who campaign to stop all further expansion.  PLATFORM has pushed for RBS to change its lending policy[10] around tar sands companies, and worked with institutional investors[11] to shift equity finance[12] out of the tar sands.

  1. Guardian:
  2. Tim de Christopher’s imprisonment:
  3. Rosa Parks:
  4. Tar Sands Action:
  5. two major unions:
  6. lobbying the EU:
  7. UK Tar Sands Network:
  8. Climate Camp:
  9. Indigenous Environmental Network:
  10. lending policy:
  11. institutional investors:
  12. equity finance: