Climate activists made their way to London as the US Secretary of State John Kerry came to Lancaster House this morning (Thursday 11 April) for a meeting on the G8. Activists from People & Planet, 350.org, Platform, UK Tars Sands Network, UKYCC, Campaign against Climate Change, Rising Tide North America and even Gulf Coast activists from Houston, Texas were there to greet Kerry at 8am and send him a clear message:
‘We don’t want your tar sands!’
Kerry will soon be deciding on the future of the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline, if given the go-ahead, will run through the heart of America transporting tar sands from their source in Canada to refineries in Houston, Texas, paving the way for this unconventional, dirty fuel to come to Europe.
In the US, Kerry and President Obama have been met by Canadian First Nation’s people including communities who live on the path of this pipeline calling for the end of tar sands extraction and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. We stood in solidarity with our allies in Canada and the US to give Kerry a clear message: reject the Keystone XL and keep tar sands out of Europe.
“It was really exciting to see young people from organisations all over the UK coming together to call for action” said Izzy Braithwaite, medical student and National Coordinator for Healthy Planet UK. Simon Howlett, co-director of UKYCC expressed how great it was to meet Gulf Coast activists from Texas – the pipeline’s destination, “it reminds you how important this campaign is and that we’re all in this together”. Rob Abrams, People & Planet activist from Swansea left the protest feeling invigorated, “I’m as ready as ever to take part in People & Planet’s new Fossil Free campaign and to put pressure on our universities to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry. It’s time to cut our ties with an industry that cares more about it’s profits than the lives of millions living in zones vulnerable to climate change.”