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UK Tar Sands Activities at Climate Camp – “Break the Banks” Edinburgh 2010

August 17, 2010

Hi there Banker-Botherers!

The UK Tar Sands Network is busy getting ready for this year’s climate camp, and a visit from two very special First Nations women.

We’re about to head up to Edinburgh, to join thousands of UK climate activists in targeting the Royal Bank of Scotland for its financing of destructive fossil fuel industries, particularly the Alberta Tar Sands. RBS is the UK bank most heavily involved in
providing loans to tar sands companies, and in doing so trashing the climate and destroying Indigenous communities.

RBS is also financing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, which will affect over 50 First Nations’ territories and allow for the export of tar sands oil to China, which in turn will fuel a massive expansion of tar sands operations. Another of
Enbridge’s pipelines has just sprung a massive leak in Michigan, spewing 800,000 litres of oil into the local river system. No wonder local First Nations are opposed to allowing Enbridge to cross their territories.

We’re jumping up and down with excitement about that fact that representatives from two of the First Nations currently resisting the Enbridge pipeline are coming over to join us at the camp! Jasmine Thomas and Riannon Ball are from British Colombia, and we hope lots of you will join us in welcoming them to Edinburgh to raise a racket together about the role of RBS in financing the Alberta Tar Sands. Below is a schedule of our programme. Come and find us, say hello, and lend a hand!

Can’t wait see you all up there!

Sue and Jess

Tar Sands activities at Climate Camp – Edinburgh 2010


7:30 – 9:00 pm – Opening Plenary
Jasmine and Riannon will talk about Tar Sands, the Enbridge Pipeline, Indigenous
resistance and direct action.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Workshop
RBS and Financing Fossil Fuel Extraction and Community Devastation.

4:30 – 6:00pm – UK Tar Sands Network Workshop
What are Tar Sands, why do they need to be stopped, how can we work in solidarity with Indigenous communities?

8:00 pm – Thames Valley Neighborhood marquee
UK Tar Sands Network meeting – Campaigning on Tar Sands beyond climate camp – Ideas and planning session


DAY OF ACTION to shut down RBS global headquarters!


2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Workshop
International Solidarity and the Climate Movement

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Closing Plenary

For more info on RBS investments in Tar Sands

UK Tar Sands Network

Indigenous Environmental Network

Camp for Climate Action -

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