Water protectors stage civil disobedience against tar. Civil disobedience is part of a great american tradition melissa block speaks with michael brune, executive director of the sierra club, about the approved onetime use of peaceful. Elizabeth ward, sierra club conservation programs coordinator 608 2560565. Yesterday, close to 50 people from a wide variety of backgrounds came together outside the white house to engage in peaceful civil disobedience for the climate. We ll be following in the hallowed footsteps of thoreau, he wrote, who first articulated the principles of civil disobedience 44 years before john muir founded the sierra club. History and types of civil disobedience compassionate. Keystone xl pipeline protest marks first civil disobedience by sierra. Civil disobedience is and has been crucial in social change. I call your attention to a globe and mail article from february 7, 5. Protecting at least 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 can fight the climate crisis, protect clean air and water, and provide endless ecological benefits. Pointing the way to a clean energy future sierra club. For civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest, the sierra club s mr.
The great lakes hold one fifth of the worlds fresh surface water supply and currently provide drinking water to over 42 million people. This page contains a form to search the supreme court of canada case information database. Formally endorsed by us in june 2002, it is still the worlds best effort at reaching global consensus on the fundamental values and principles. Engage the public, civil society, the business community, and other partners. Counsel policy manual on civil disobedience, protesters should be. Sierra club canada s john bennett discusses nonviolent civil disobedience and the importance of addressing climate change cfra talk radio, january 31, 20. This is a press release from january 3, 2020, also attached as a pdf. Canadian affiliates of the sierra club operate under the sierra club canada. We cannot do both, and we are willing to engage in peaceful civil disobedience if necessary for the sake of this, and future generations. Green peace inspired radical environmentalism by civil disobedience, media campaigns. Avoiding tar sands fuel in corporate vehicle fleets 1 companies successfully pursuing sustainability are necessarily reducing their reliance on the highestcarbon fuels as well as their overall oil consumption. Aug 02, 2012 over the past decade, the fossil fuel industry has mounted a coordinated campaign to discredit renewable energy and hinder its growth, according to a new report released today by the sierra club. Over the past decade, the fossil fuel industry has mounted a coordinated campaign to discredit renewable energy and hinder its growth, according to a new report released today by the sierra club. Sierra club fights keystone xl with civil disobedience.
Subscribe to our magazine by becoming a sierra club member today. May 23, 2012 the single biggest act of civil disobedience in canadian history. A huge pipeline came from canada to cross the united states from north to south. Sierra club traditions will continue well into the future. The largest act of civil disobedience in canadian history. See more ideas about civil disobedience, civil rights movement and civil rights. Transnational institute, damien gillis common sense canadian, barbara. This morning, 48 environmental, civil rights and community leaders from across the country joined together for a historic display of civil disobedience at the white house where they demanded that president obama deny the keystone xl. Canadian pipeline owner enbridge recently won approval from minnesota state regulators to replace its corroding line 3 oil pipeline running from. The sierra club added its first canadian chapter in 1963 and in 1989 opened a national office in ottawa. Policies for sustainably managing canadas forests ubc press.
The sierra club is an environmental organization in the united states and in one u. Concerned with protecting the integrity of global ecosystems. Sierra club to engage in civil disobedience for first time. Yesterday was the first day of a two day hearing by the national commission on the bp deepwater horizon oil spill and offshore drilling. The discussion of civil disobedience in the handbook is based on a. Water protectors stage civil disobedience against tar sands pipeline. Canada, ponds that kill birds and 247 cannon fire are now considered normal.
Website, the sierra club is an environmental organization in the united states and in one u. Im sure you are going to ask me why i am concerned if sierra club canada foundation is a law abiding organization. But it has morphed into a hardcore, radical political organization dedicated to such causes as. Civil disobedience and the law in canada cases commented on. Together with other environmental organizations, sierra club bc and the wilderness committee are working to support the conservation vision of the first nations in clayoquot sound, and are advocating for a lasting solution that protects this renowned ecosystem. The club was founded on may 28, 1892, in san francisco, california, by the scottishamerican preservationist john muir, who became the first president, as well as the longest serving president at approximately 20 years in this leadership position. By john bennett, national program director sierra club canada. Further, the sierra club ended a 120yearold prohibition.
Ottawa one of canada s largest environmentalist organizers will decide later this month whether to drop its prohibition against civil disobedience and if the sierra club of canada takes. There were many long, long telephone calls and meetings as we worked through a rationalization of our resources and financial management. The sierra club primarily operates in the united states. Carried out, it 1nally amounts to this, which also i believe. I want to especially thank the sierra club canada foundation board members for stepping up. The hearing is covering the response following the bp spill, impacts on the gulf and approaches to longterm restoration. Hundreds of people met for training the night before at luther place church. Many americans think of the sierra club as a mainstream organization focused on conservation and outdoor life. Yesterday, close to 50 people from a wide variety of backgrounds came together outside the white house to engage. For civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest, the sierra clubs mr. On the twentyfifth anniversary of the historic clayoquot sound mass arrest, a new sierra club bc map and data show more than thirty per cent of vancouver islands remaining productive oldgrowth rainforest in 1993 was destroyed in just the last twentyfive years.
Amid rumors that the obama administration might try to cut an emissions deal with canada in order to justify approval of the keystone xl tar sands pipeline, leaders from 25 us environmental groupsbacked by millions of members and at least 75,000 individuals willing to engage incivil disobediencewarned the president on tuesday that such a deal would be considered nothing less than a. Executive director michael brune is the first sierra club leader in the groups 120year history to be arrested in an act of civil disobedience. We started out 20 talking about civil disobedience and its place in the arsenal of environmental activists. Other crowd estimates varied between 75,000 and 150,000 protesters. Sierra club canada became a pancanadian organization in. Jun 04, 20 the democracy initiative the sierra club and other greens lead an effort to fundamentally transform america green watch, june 20 pdf here by michael bastasch summary. In 1971, volunteer lawyers who had worked with the sierra club established the sierra club legal defense fund. Types of civil disobedience are outlined below with examples of successful actions from the past, right up to current day actions. As we went to press, the sierra club and climate activist groups and the hip hop caucus were planning the first act of civil disobedience the sierra club s board of directors has. Feb 14, 20 for civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest, the sierra clubs mr. As a greenpeace campaigner, i have personally taken part in actions of civil disobedience in order to draw attention to important issues.
And in my opinion, we will need every tool, including civil disobedience, at our disposal. Sierra club ofdu canada article about sierra club ofdu. Sierra club canada foundation would like to thank all of our volunteers, members. Sierra club, and twenty other wellknown green groups, the signers welcomed the idea of canada finding new ways to reduce its. Indigenous leaders in bemidji, minnesota, joined with environmental activists and faith leaders to stage an act of civil disobedience wednesday against a recently approved pipeline that will carry tar sands crude oil from canada to the united states.
Civil disobedience is breaking an unjust law or breaking a law to draw attention to an unjust law, bennett said in 20 when he was with sierra club canada. Sierra club canada foundation charity profile donate. At the hearing, our own sierra club apprentice jenny kordick testified about the sierra clubs involvement and wishes for the cleanup and. Greenpeace surpassed the sierra club in membership growing from a few.
Thoreaus radicalism and the fight against the fossilfuel. It was founded on may 28, 1892, in san francisco, california, by the scottishamerican preservationist john muir, who became its first president. The current policy, established in 1991, forbids sierra club employees or officers read volunteers from being arrested for civil disobedience at political demonstrations, and was enacted in. Sierra club canada foundation atlantic chapter is searching for an outgoing. Sierra club canada foundation would like to thank all of. Citizens arrested for civil disobedience action to disrupt the construction of spectras. Thats how yesterdays montreal protest is being described today. First of all i knew that i could not represent sierra club delta chapter because the club has a national policy that does not support or encourage civil disobedience on the part of club members. For brune, as for many other activists, engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience is a sacred american tradition. Civil disobedience, environmental protest and the rule of law. World resources institute, the nature conservancy, the sierra club, league of.
A lot of my environmental activist friends and i broke up with the sierra club in the early 2000s when they abandoned their long help position of stabilizing the population of the states by addressing both birth rate and immigration levels. The arrest of 1,253 people was the largest such action in decades and signals a new chapter in the effort to rally public. National sierra club is reconsidering its stance on using civil disobedience in crucial climate issues. The photos with this post excluding the first one were all taken by jay mallin and show the march, along with some folks getting arrested in front of the white house the sierra club was not part of the civil disobedience. Sierra club to engage in civil disobedience for the first time in. Facing international and domestic resistance, and having already missed. While estimates ranged wildly from 100,000 to 500,000 in the streets the number is less significant than the civil disobedience that has thrust montreal into the global revolution spotlight. This defensive work will play out in the courts and in congress, in statehouses, the marketplace and in.
Civil disobedience is a form of protest intended to draw attention to a wrong or injustice which the protesters believe is sufficiently serious to morally justify violation of the law. R v charlebois, 2011 abpc 238, etc on february 1, 2012, i participated in a public forum entitled civil disobedience. You can search by the scc 5digit case number, by name or word in the style of cause, or by file number from the appeal court. May 26, 20 explore moyapas board civil disobedience. Pipeline protesters arrested at white house federal. For the first time in its 120year history, the sierra club will participate in this civil disobedience action to convey the severity and urgency of action on climate.
Sierra club canada foundation would like to thank all of our. Is obama cutting a deal with canada to approve kxl. The atlantic chapter of the sierra club serving new york state olume 43 spring 2016. Im proud to say sierra club canada foundation headed into 2014 prepared to take on all challenges. Civil society including the sierra club pushed hard throughout the day for the package of human rights, gender equality, just transition, rights of indigenous peoples and other elements that will signal that the paris agreement is not only an agreement of governments but will also actively include all people. Sierra club leaders break a 120year tradition to commit civil disobedience and join others in facing arrest in front of the white house. Civil disobedience is part of a great american tradition melissa block speaks with michael brune, executive director of the sierra club, about the. Hundreds of thousands redshirted demonstrators defied quebecs new antiprotest law and marched through the streets of downtown montreal filling the city with rivers of red. This was a planned civil disobedience action in washington, d. On clayoquot sound anniversary, sierra club bc map shows. On civil disobedience, xl pipeline and the sierra club. Fuel derived from tar sands is among the most carbonintensive and environmentally destructive transportation fuels in use today.
It has played a major role in creating democracy around the world. Keystone xl pipeline protest marks first civil disobedience. Sierra club of canada parks directory of the united states parks and conservationrelated organizations canada address. Lng canadas carbon footprint is so large it cannot fit in any credible climate action plan. San francisco, ca the sierra club board of directors has approved the onetime use of civil disobedience for the first time in the.
Sierra club canada is a memberbased organization that empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. While the general legal concepts apply across canada, some variations exist. Similarly, the sierra club has explicitly prohibited civil disobedience until this policy was changed by the board of directors in february 2017. Sierra club will engage in civil disobedience to fight. Anti petroleum movement a growing security threat to canada, rcmp says. Civil disobedience involves intentional violation of the law to achieve a result the lawbreakers believe is in the public interest. The findings of the new ipcc report make it clear that b. Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. Sierra club canada statement on civil disobedience media release, february 1, 20. The sierra club and other greens lead an effort to fundamentally transform america green watch, june 20 pdf here by michael bastasch. Nonviolent civil disobedience, based upon the premise of truth and the love of god and humanity, have been used by gandhi to oppose colonialism, and by martin luther king, jr. Well be following in the hallowed footsteps of thoreau, who first articulated the principles of. The arrest of 1,253 people was the largest such action in decades and signals a new chapter in the effort to rally public support for federal measures to deal with climate change.
Water acts, as well as resistance to proactive measures to fight climate change. Only twice before in our history has the board voted to allow an act of civil disobedience. Information may also be obtained from the elc and the sierra legal defence fund. Foundation, sierra student coalition, sierra club books, sierra club canada. This is an article i published about my experiences at the paris climate conference in the newsletter for the sierra club central ohio group pdf. San francisco, ca the sierra club board of directors has approved the one time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the. Sierra club releases new report highlighting attack on clean. It is part of the environmental movement the roots of sierra club canada go back to 1963, when environmentalists in british columbia affiliated themselves with the sierra club of the united states many of these individuals were prominent in the founding of greenpeace.
Decisions and resources supreme court judgments sierra club of canada v. It was founded on may 28, 1892, in san francisco, california, by the scottishamerican preservationist john muir, who became its first president traditionally associated with the progressive movement, the club was one of the first largescale environmental preservation organizations in the world, and currently engages in. Similarly, the sierra club has explicitly prohibited civil disobedience. Sierra club of canada article about sierra club of. Biggest act of civil disobedience in canadian history. The sierra club is an environmental organization in the united states. Sierra club releases new report highlighting attack on.
The report, clean energy under siege, reveals how the fossil fuel industry is using tactics such as financial contributions to political campaigns, faux think tanks, phony intellectuals, and. Sierra club canada scc is a canadian environmental organization. Well be following in the hallowed footsteps of thoreau, who first articulated the principles of civil disobedience 44 years before john muir founded the sierra club. Sierra club prairie is the prairie regional chapter of the sierra club canada.
Protestors engage in day of action opposed to enbridges line 3. We ll be following in the hallowed footsteps of thoreau, he wrote, who first articulated the principles of civil disobedience. But this is without counting the mobilization of citizens who intend to prevent the passage of this project. On clayoquot sound anniversary, sierra club bc map shows more. Sierra club to engage in civil disobedience for first time in. Sierra club canada national forest strategy report card database. Calgary city v bullock occupy calgary, 2011 abqb 764. Aug 09, 2018 on the twentyfifth anniversary of the historic clayoquot sound mass arrest, a new sierra club bc map and data show more than thirty per cent of vancouver islands remaining productive oldgrowth rainforest in 1993 was destroyed in just the last twentyfive years. The atlantic chapter of the sierra club serving new york. The current discusses civil disobedience and climate change cbc radio, january 31, 20.506 1256 525 822 527 29 246 250 1439 369 722 278 1350 760 684 568 1638 1590 1334 889 1359 1160 985 766 775 679 526 1195 34 1027 200 594 40 1267 1194 987 1152 582 1355