STOPPING SHELL OIL

with First Nations Leader Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Rachel McAdams (Photo: Jason Van Bruggen)

with First Nations Leader Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Rachel McAdams (Photo: Jason Van Bruggen)

I’ve been in Vancouver for 2 days where I joined with Greenpeace activists, First Nations peoples, parents, grandparents, professors, students at an amazing 6-hour ‘Toast The Coast’ rally on Jerricho Beach to celebrate the pristine beauty of the Northwest coastline and to stop Big Oil from devastating it: Shell’s preparing to drill in Alaska, new pipelines are proposed to bring tar sand oil to the coast, more oil-carrying super tankers running up and down the coast. Remember Exxon Valdez?

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Jerricho Beach

A very diverse coalition has grown rapidly here and includes people of the Musqueum, Squamish and Tsleil’ Watuth Nations who live along the coast and whose livelihood depends on the health of that shoreline. These First Nations together with local citizens—professors and retirees– have been unbelievably brave, putting their bodies and lives on the line by blocking tar sands expansion and pipelines in British Columbia…at least for now. They face enormous legal fees as the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan try to stop them. I came here to add my voice to theirs in opposing Artic oil, pipelines and increased super tanker traffic in this beautiful part of the world.

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The first evening, I had dinner at a First Nations restaurant, Salmon n’ Bannock. It was a first for me and the food– all indigenous recipes, fresh and local– was delicious.

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I was with my hosts, Greenpeace leaders and activists (left to right): Jesse Firempong (PA to Joanna), Jessica Wilson (Head of Greenpeace’s Arctic program), Joanna Kerr (Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada), Christy Ferguson (Director of Programs in Canada), me, Ines (restaurant owner), and Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a leading First Nation’s activist from Alberta, whose home is in the tar sands. She told tragic stories of the destruction of her people’s land, air and water and of the cancers that are epidemic in communities near the tar sands. She is preparing to bring asolar industry into the area to provide alternative energy and clean jobs.

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My first day was spent doing TV and print and radio interviews about why I’m here and what we’re trying to do. Here I am with Tina House, the journalist interviewing me for the first Aboriginal People’s Television Network.

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And here on Global Noon News being interviewed by Lynn Collier and Jay Durant. I did a total of 11 interviews and at the end of that day, we got news that the G7 Summit of leading world powers had just committed to getting the global economy off fossil fuels by the end of the century. This is a huge victory made possible by 2 years of global public mobilization and it deserves celebration. It is proof that the mindset is changing. But we still have much work to do because we need to be fossil fuel free BEFORE the end of the century if we stand of chance of averting climate catastrophe.

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The Toast The Coast rally was a moving, inspiring and colorful. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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From 4pm to 10, there were speeches and a variety of rousing music. We were told 5000 people came through during the rally. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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I spent time talking with First Nation leaders. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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I also spoke with ‘Raging Grannies’ like the dozen recently arrested for tying themselves onto the giant Shell rig waiting in Seattle’s harbor. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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I met an 11-year-old girl named Tyger, who is a climate activist because she “feels happy when she’s with people who are passionate about a cause.” She bakes and sells cookies to raise money to go to Paris early December for the critical climate summit. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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I invited her to come on stage with me when I spoke. I needed a grandchild fix but also it visibly demonstrated the generational span of opposition to Big Oil. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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A famous First Nations artist, Roy Henry Vickers, designed a 9-foot long salmon lantern. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

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At sundown, we all walked to the beach where the salmon lantern was set out to sea. The salmon are a powerful symbol of regeneration and perseverance for the Coastal Peoples. They swim for 1000s of miles to leap up the falls of these coastal rivers to spawn. These fierce creatures are at risk if oil spills destroy their spawning grounds. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)

99 percent of climate scientists agree that if climate warming is to be kept at or below the internationally agreed upon 2 degreesCelsius there are a number of oil reserves that must stay in the ground. Arctic oil is part of this, and yet Shell plans to drill offshore in a matter of weeks.

President Obama has given permission to Shell to take advantage of the melting Arctic ice and drill there! I find this quite unbelievable given the good climate policies he has championed and given his stated desire to leave a strong climate legacy. Not when there are timely (and increasingly affordable) alternatives, not when the U.S. Department of Interior says there’s a 75% chance of an oil spill; not when there is no help for 1000 miles should such a disaster occur; not when Shell tried Arctic drilling in2012 (after giving assurances that they’d done all that was needed to guarantee safety) and it was a catastrophe: The giant rig was smashed “like a can of beer” (as the New York Times article said about the disaster) and the men on board had to be helicoptered to safety.

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Even if there is no spill, if we allow Shell to drill, pump and burn that extreme Arctic energy, we will fail to slow global warming; precious species will go extinct. This is what’s at stake in the Arctic.

The Alberta Tar sands (the largest industrial project in the world) are another oil reserve that must not be expanded. Several new pipeline projects, beyond Keystone XL, are being proposed that would expand production in the tar sands and bring that unconventional energy (known as ‘extreme energy’) to the ports of British Columbia and out east across Canada. Already the drilling is threatening the health and environment of people living near them. Now the coast is at risk. Tar sand oil (bitumen) is extremely energy intensive to extract and about 3 to 4 times more damaging to climate than conventional oil. Moreover, spilled tar sand oil, diluted in salt water and buffeted by waves, sinks instead of floating on the surface as the BP Deepwater Horizon spill did making it virtually impossible to clean up.

There are 7 million people already around the world who say ‘no’ to Arctic drilling and ‘yes’ to Arctic protection. More are joining them every day because people are waking up to the fact that if we continue down the road we’re on—fracking, drilling, stripping and burning– it will mean even more extreme climate conditions, vast human migrations on a level never seen, more cancers and other environmental sicknesses, species extinctions, more ice will melt, coastal regions and entire island nations will be wiped out and economic disparity will deepen.

But why take that road when there’s an alternative road that leads us away from fossil fuel extraction and into the new world of renewable resources? With this road comes hope, economic democracy, plentiful clean jobs, because more jobs are created per dollar invested than are created by extractivism. This road is no pipe dream. We can see solar, wind, biogas and hydro already working in Norway, Austria, the Netherlands, and Germany, where 25% of its energy comes from renewables and its energy transition has created 400,000 jobs in a decade.

The Big Oil people and the politicians whose campaigns they finance and the right wing think tanks also funded by the wealthy extractivists will try to convince us that 1) global warming is false and 2) that we cannot wean ourselves from fossil fuels because the alternatives wont be able to satisfy huge energy demands. They’ve got it all backwards because it benefits them—and only them. If we believe them, they’ll get richer and richer and everyone else will get hotter and sicker.

Listen to me: There is no need for big oil to keep drilling and spilling. We have enough fossil fuel in existing reserves to carry us over until we have 100% green energy. And we can do it IN TIME! We can meet the target 2 degrees Celcius in this decade but not without people—everyone, no matter who you are or what you do–mobilizing to stop the Big Oil radicals who are demanding the right to rape the earth in their quest for dangerous extreme energy in dangerous, extreme places.

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Thirty years from now, I want my grandchildren to be able to look back and say, “Grandma was on the right side of history.” Join me. See the link below for ideas of what you can do. (photo credit Jason Van Bruggen)
https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1785&s_src=fbpost&s_subsrc=150612bear


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  1. Jane, Why not send all above photo’s and text to President Obama and Miichelle Obama if you haven’t already Done that……………
    My great respect for what you do to inspire change…………….

  2. Jane, I am from Vancouver and heard you were here, unfortunately I was not able to attend the protest at Jericho beach. I am not 100% o all the issues but hope to educate myself more on this topic.

    You are quite inbelieveable, just completing Grace and Frankie (which is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time), then in Vancouver for the protest.

    You are amazing and a true inspiration.
    (Are you going to be in Beautiful Vancouver for anything else?)
    Jan Clarke

  3. Yet another battle to save this world and make it a better place to live. Jane you never cease to inspire and amaze us!! xx
    JF

  4. WHAT THE F* is he thinking???? How can “we” just decide that it’s ok to drill there??? It seems like the rest of the world should have a say so as well … The Arctic affects EVERYONE!! It is SO, SO, true about lessons from BP!! I live in Louisiana, we are NOT OK down here y’all!!! BP has NOT done their job cleaning up!!! This is a RECENT – LAST WEEK- video of a fish caught in Lake Ponchartrain. https://www.facebook.com/100006639545861/videos/1654908481407121/?pnref=story
    They CAN’T clean this up…they CAN’T contain it!!! It’s OIL!! It’s everywhere!! Lake P is a large, brackish lake in SE Louisiana. People fish out of it and swim in it AND it connects to other smaller rivers and streams that flow near our homes …being “on the water” is a BIG part of life in LA. We love our seafood and our waterways…We have also had HUGE spikes in cancer numbers. I currently have two friends who have children in cancer treatment. There is a large population of Louisianians at St. Jude in Memphis and MD Anderson in Houston. Not to mention that our coast is eroding at a frightening pace..up to 35 square miles per year!! http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/la-wetlands/
    And no one seems to give a $#!+ Sorry, didn’t mean to get off topic. Louisiana just has HUGE oil and gas issues…People don’t realize what they are inviting with this industry. They will be bringing that to the Arctic.
    Just FYI – to anyone who reads this… PLEASE do not support Bobby Jindal in his presidential bid!! In fact, if you hear his name, RUN. He is our current governor and he is raping healthcare and higher education in Louisiana and giving oil and gas money hand over fist. He has actually REFUSED federal medical funding and CLOSED almost all of our state health facilities.
    UGH…Monday morning rant and I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee… Is it too early for a DRINK??

  5. Dear Miss Funda.

  6. How do you get super rich oil companies To stop drilling In a capitalistic country Where the politicians Are out to get rich?

  7. Thank you, Jane, for putting it on the line once again.

  8. Aloha Fossil fuel is not a necessity it is a poison. that is killing this planet.. this planet does not belong to them.. it does not belong to us either.. we are simply stewards intrusted with its welfare.
    there is a clean alternative to every fossil fuel product. The public is mostly unaware of this.. I have a fact based story of how a small group of regular guys develops a practical functional alternative to gasoline.. and electric power.. and would like to create a movie script .. an entertaining movie ..( Avatar, Indiana Jones) not Mike Moore. An enjoyable full length feature film .. with the essential message of what our world could be like without the petroleum Monster.. I applaud your efforts in this crusade.. and was wondering what needs to be done to get this project going.. You know how important this is.. demonstrations and speeches are great but are not enough… I have written a song (Black Reign) Drew Womack Google it.. .. I am willing to give all my energy to this most important project… . would appreciate any help or ideas. leads..

  9. 75% chance of an oil spill! That alone should prevent Shell from drilling! What in the world is Obama thinking! Our world needs a lot more Tygers out there to be the future generation to fight. Thank you, Tyger. (You have a pretty cool name, too!) Thank you for stepping up to the platform on this cause, Jane. And thank you for the link. I have already sent out my messages and will share it with many more people.

  10. jane, Melina & Rachel: thank you for standing there for the rest of us who can’t easily make that trip. Our future and the future of my grandchildren are at stake. I’m honored and humbled by your dedication and positive message. Thank You, Grant.

  11. It’s terrifying to witness how some keep others in ignorance for money. What’s even scarier is high-profile names denying climate change on a primetime show (not naming names, but you get the picture). I’m grateful that in my country, learning about climate change and environmental issues is part of the education in elementary and primary school and that we had programmes that helped us become more environmentally conscious. I think more and more scientists should come forward and be more vocal about education.

    It’s sad how the sheer value of political capital is worth more than out children’s and grandchildren’s livelihood and future. Most politicians are afraid of taking risks on environmental policies simply because the acts would mean short-term negative effects – losses of jobs etc. However, this is where education and groundwork comes to place: if we are prepared to shift as smoothly as possible, we can really achieve change here. Still, we need mature thinking societies to achieve such a thing. I know for a fact that these changes wouldn’t go smoothly in either the US or my home country… YET. All I can say is: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION and every little act matters.

    Please know Jane that I’m standing with you on this cause (and it’s not your cause, it’s not my cause, it’s OUR cause as cliched as it sounds).

  12. Go home. Alberta and Canada do not require your assistance.

  13. Hi Jane,
    I totally get your sense of urgency on this … I am of the same conviction although I am only 63 I have seen so much loss to our planet and quality of life too! … this is my rather long but important post to this discussion … BRINGING achievable SOLUTIONS! to the table no less!

    So I ask you and the readers to … Please bear with me!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Jane you inspire me to continue also … we, the knowledgeable are all very environmentally concerned.

    Something you said which caught my attention was we didn’t need oil anymore. …

    Which is the ‘theme’ of this rather long rendition of my thinking … all very relevant though to “Global Worming” … ‘and since words are all I have to convey my thoughts to you’ Please bare with me … it is interesting and revealing through its’ built in and inherent …

    SELF PERPETUATING … economic as well as Environmental benefits through REAL MONEY / resource SAVINGS!

    Allowing that to some Jane’s statement … might sound like wishful thinking, it is not only a ‘possibility’

    IMHO … I’m most certain it is a “probability” with high confidence; weather that will save us from catastrophe due to pollution and climate change and save our planet at this time … I can’t guarantee though and on that point becoming more dubious each passing day.

    My confidence comes from ‘this system’ meeting several ‘corporate demands’ though and through that have the corporate sector actually pressure for implementing the “Solution 2 Pollution System”. … Sound too good to be true? … Maybe … but I think not.

    Please … let me explain.

    Since this system works both on increasing fuel efficiency by 25%, as well as removing 100% of the water soluble GHG’s which cause “Acid Rain” out of the exhaust of ANY internal combustion engine … *adapted with this ‘after-market’ conversion system.<< $50 million on fuel for them … and ‘Us’ ANNUALLY as well.

    Video of my escape from Haida Gwaii

    http://1drv.ms/1GEOroa

    None of this to any avail of the plight I find myself in, which is mostly due to naively “Trusting Christy Clark” on her word that she would help with this; which would have elevated the poverty and misery I live in.
    But not only that instead ‘on her watch’ … and to her knowledge … if not even worse by her directional harassment through government agencies to ‘enforce legislated poverty’ on me instead … I have been stymied further.

    Knowing my complications of a high cholesterol medical condition where the flow to my right leg was 100% occluded and blood flow to my left at 80% for which I had a ‘quasi botched’ angioplasty procedure preformed on December 18, 2013. The recovery was never better than about 60% in my estimation … no where near good enough to be able to work in my trade anymore.

    So after having used up all of my savings brought back from my last stint in the ‘oil patch’ Fort McMurray now.
    This time, not only to make THE BEST POSSIBLE MONEY to continue on my project, but to try to convince Syncrude to use my system on their ‘Heavy Haulers’ which haul the TAR SANDS to the process plant … again to no avail. [I do still have the e-mail though]

    I found myself without income, hanging on by a shoestring for the last 3 years or so struggling if not STARVING on welfare instead at $235/ month when I was sleeping in my van, living homeless and at best right now at $657.92 / month increased by $47.92 from $610 / month with the declaration now finally of being a person with multiple obstacles to employment.

    With that ironically came the ‘allowable income’ or make up to $500/ month FROM WORKING! … Go figure eh? … Now that my doctor has finally sent enough forms, re-applications and information utterly PROVEN I CAN’T WORK.

    Just prior to which I had to pay back dollar for dollar even on the $20 EMERGENCY FOOD VOUCHER I received in February 2013 to live on for THAT MONTH … which was DEDUCTED from my $235 homeless rate reducing it to $215 while sleeping in my van on the street during the time I was ALREADY on a waiting list for my angioplasty.

    A malicious as this sounds … during the summer of 2012 the ‘over-zealous’ Social Services manager from Prince George office harassed me all of the way down to Parksville BC from here on a job quest; claiming I had absconded with the ‘travel allowance’ and never went to work. …

    Well on finding that “SANCTION” being put on me I made dam sure that I not only got there but collected a cheque for the one day I worked as my legs ultimately gave out.

    All of this might be getting quite boring so I’ll just conclude with as my friend says … “What you have experienced must be true … because nobody has such a warped mind to think of MALICIOUS crap like that without having gone through it … no it comes from the actual experience, no doubt” … and I DO wish I could HONESTLY report better results and findings.

    Please help if you can with our common cause to preserve the planet … so we can live.

    And as well, through you connections forward this to anyone who would find it of interest … SO, with Jane Fonda trending now and in alignment with ‘conservation thinking’ forwarding this to her could bring her hope too … by offering a partial if not major “Solution 2 Pollution”

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Peace! &

    Kind Regards
    Willy Ens.

  14. 3 RD TIME LUCKY? … MY POSTING WAS MORE FOR JANES BENEFIT THAN ANYTHING
    however it just doesn’t seem to post including the 3 JPEGS … of my contract offer to bc.
    This one has all of the text included … Sorry about the complication on this … to me it is important.

    Cheers,
    Willy.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“
    Hi Jane

    Something you said at the Vancouver Rally which caught my attention was we didn’t need oil anymore. …

    Which is the ‘theme’ of this rather long rendition of my thinking … all very relevant though to “Global Worming” … ‘and since words are all I have to convey my thoughts to you’ Please bare with me … it is interesting and revealing through its’ built in and inherent …

    SELF PERPETUATING … economic as well as Environmental benefits through REAL MONEY / resource SAVINGS!

    Allowing that to some Jane Fonda’s statement … might sound like wishful thinking, it is not only a ‘possibility’

    IMHO … I’m most certain it is a “probability” with high confidence; weather that will save us from catastrophe due to pollution and climate change and save our planet at this time … I can’t guarantee though and on that point becoming more dubious each passing day.

    My confidence comes from ‘this system’ meeting several ‘corporate demands’ though and through that have the corporate sector actually pressure for implementing the “Solution 2 Pollution System”. … Sound too good to be true? … Maybe … but I think not.

    Please … let me explain.

    Since this system works both on increasing fuel efficiency by 25%, as well as removing 100% of the water soluble GHG’s which cause “Acid Rain” out of the exhaust of ANY internal combustion engine … *adapted with this ‘after-market’ conversion system.<< $50 million on fuel for them … and ‘Us’ ANNUALLY as well.

    Video of my escape from Haida Gwaii

    http://1drv.ms/1GEOroa

    None of this to any avail of the plight I find myself in, which is mostly due to naively “Trusting Christy Clark” on her word that she would help with this; which would have elevated the poverty and misery I live in.
    But not only that instead ‘on her watch’ … and to her knowledge … if not even worse by her directional harassment through government agencies to ‘enforce legislated poverty’ on me instead … I have been stymied further.

    Knowing my complications of a high cholesterol medical condition where the flow to my right leg was 100% occluded and blood flow to my left at 80% for which I had a ‘quasi botched’ angioplasty procedure preformed on December 18, 2013. The recovery was never better than about 60% in my estimation … no where near good enough to be able to work in my trade anymore.

    So after having used up all of my savings brought back from my last stint in the ‘oil patch’ Fort McMurray now.
    This time, not only to make THE BEST POSSIBLE MONEY to continue on my project, but to try to convince Syncrude to use my system on their ‘Heavy Haulers’ which haul the TAR SANDS to the process plant … again to no avail. [I do still have the e-mail though]

    I found myself without income, hanging on by a shoestring for the last 3 years or so struggling if not STARVING on welfare instead at $235/ month when I was sleeping in my van, living homeless and at best right now at $657.92 / month increased by $47.92 from $610 / month with the declaration now finally of being a person with multiple obstacles to employment.

    With that ironically came the ‘allowable income’ or make up to $500/ month FROM WORKING! … Go figure eh? … Now that my doctor has finally sent enough forms, re-applications and information utterly PROVEN I CAN’T WORK.

    Just prior to which I had to pay back dollar for dollar even on the $20 EMERGENCY FOOD VOUCHER I received in February 2013 to live on for THAT MONTH … which was DEDUCTED from my $235 homeless rate reducing it to $215 while sleeping in my van on the street during the time I was ALREADY on a waiting list for my angioplasty.

    A malicious as this sounds … during the summer of 2012 the ‘over-zealous’ Social Services manager from Prince George office harassed me all of the way down to Parksville BC from here on a job quest; claiming I had absconded with the ‘travel allowance’ and never went to work. …

    Well on finding that “SANCTION” being put on me I made dam sure that I not only got there but collected a cheque for the one day I worked as my legs ultimately gave out.

    All of this might be getting quite boring so I’ll just conclude with as my friend says … “What you have experienced must be true … because nobody has such a warped mind to think of MALICIOUS crap like that without having gone through it … no it comes from the actual experience, no doubt” … and I DO wish I could HONESTLY report better results and findings.

    Please help if you can with our common cause to preserve the planet … so we can live.

    And as well, through you connections forward this to anyone who would find it of interest … SO, with Jane Fonda trending now and in alignment with ‘conservation thinking’ forwarding this to her could bring her hope too … by offering a partial if not major “Solution 2 Pollution”

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Peace! &

    Kind Regards
    Willy Ens.

  15. To BJ, Are you the woman that dated Ted Turner when he fell in like and love with Jane. If you are, we had dinner when that happened. If not I’m sorry to mention.
    Jane Fonda is needed anyplace, anywhere she feels she can make a difference and inspire others to do the same. If you are the BJ I mentioned you found out you weren’t needed didn’t you? Just be kind…………….its a long time ago
    B.K.

  16. Some people seems to think it was wrong of Jane Fonda to advocate against Canadian Oil mining in the tar sands of Alberta, or the Arctic drilling of oil, telling her to go home, well she is 1/2 Canadian in her heritage and could become a Canadian if she wanted to and has every right as a concerned person to protest this issue. The next thing us Canadians will have to face is our water as an issue, and that is scary. We have one of the world’s largest fresh water resources and as a kid who grew up in Vancouver drinking from the garden hose was possible and drinking fresh water from the kitchen tap is still possible. We are very fortunate to have this as others on the planet do not and we should not take our climate issues for granted.

    • Right on, Kelli. What’s threatening Canada isn’t just a Canadian issue–expanding the Alberta tar sands (which is what would happen if the pipelines are allowed into BC) increases global warming way more than conventional drilling does. It is causing cancers, asthma etc to the people living in and around the tar sands as well as the workers who work for those companies. So while we advocate for no more fossil fuels, we also must advocate for an expanded renewable industries–solar, wind, geothermal– that would provide more jobs, clean healthy jobs. Also, oil from those proposed pipelines would be carried in tankers to ports in the U.S. So, I may not be a Canadian but what happens in Canada effects everyone. BTW, I was in Vancouver SUPPORTING Canadians!!!!

  17. Jane, we need you to light the path. Love that you are still setting the example. Thank you!

  18. There is another critical link here that the public is generally unaware of that may end up being a major barrier to positive change. It is the “Investor Protection clauses” in the major Free Trade Agreements being negotiated now.

    The best way to wean us off oil is for governments to require all automobile production to switch over to electric fuel cell vehicles as soon as possible. Once this happens the demand for oil will fall and since the price of oil is very demand sensitive, the price will collapse as well. Governments and Big Oil don’t want that because not only will they lose huge profits and royalties but Arctic oil and tarsands oil will be dead because they will cost too much to produce relative to price. This is where the Free Trade Agreements come in.

    If the government does the right thing to force auto producers to stop building gas combustion engines and only build electric, automakers and Big Oil will sue any government that legislates these climate change initiatives for all their lost profits (that may be why Japan is pushing so hard for ratification of the Trans Pacific free trade agreement). Australia was threatened by lawsuits under its free trade agreements investor protection clauses by R.J. Reynolds when Australia tried to bring in advertising restrictions on cigarettes. Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for the same thing. Think of it. If a country that is bound by these clauses brings in laws that successfully reduces the number of smokers, the more successful the initiative is in reducing smoking the more they will get sued for. The tobacco industry will sue for billions of lost profits from losing smokers. Its crazy and the same thing will happen with climate change initiatives. The more successful an initiative is in reducing oil sales, the more the government will get sued for by Big Oil. This threat of lawsuits will scare governments away from bringing real effective change. The only changes that Big Oil will not complain about are the token changes that don’t real change consumption, which is all we have really been seeing so far.

    THE SOLUTION: The climate change negotiations in Paris this year will be meaningless unless they negotiate an EXEMPTION to the investor protection clauses as part of the Treaty. As a lawyer I can tell you this can be done and has to be done otherwise all we will get from any Climate Change Treaty will be window dressing. The world can not afford to pay off Big Oil, automakers and everyone else profiting off oil for all their lost profits. Government revenues should be going to people services, education, health, etc. not paying off corporations for lost profits.

    Anyway I saw you Jane in Vancouver at the rally and you were so inspiring. Thank you for your commitment to the better health of the planet and its people. I like you do not want to see it get HOTTER AND SICKER.

    • Paul, boy do you GET IT!!! I didn’t understand the Trade deals and their (very negative) impact on climate for the reasons you so clearly lay out until I read Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything.” An excellent book. So glad Congress has stopped Obama’s Pacific Trade deal–so far, anyway. I do believe there are loopholes in the already exisitng ones that government can get through if they are committed. Thanks. x

      • Thank you Jane!!! Naomi’s message is so important right now. I hope your voice reaches Paris when the climate change talks happen. This may be the worlds last chance to do something meaningful in time to prevent the worst of climate change.

  19. Loved the nytimes piece on Dr.Naomi Oreskes who researched climate change denielists and found virtually all of them have been around since the cold war and linking up with corporations like big tobacco etc providing them with “studies” that favor these abhorrent policies. …
    Also if we can build pipelines from Alberta to Mexico to transport toxic substances, can’t we do public works projects to bring in surplus fresh water from the north…?

  20. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for coming to Vancouver and lending your voice in this “good” fight. I was there at Jericho, what a poignant moment when the salmon was placed in the water! Right? I wrote a short piece about it, and it’s been published on a great little online publication serving the LGBQ+ community in Vancouver. davievillagepost.ca
    I back-linked to your blog, I hope you’re cool with that. I know you must be crazy-busy, but if you care to know more about me: leenoursecopywriting.com

    Keep well,
    Lee
    p.s. my partner, an actor, shot a film with your brother
    several years ago here. They got up to no good together
    too! lol

  21. It was truly wonderful to see you in Vancouver at Jericho Beach on Saturday in support of this event…the passion of your inspiring speech spoken from the heart & re-inspired many, along with all those who spoke, and continue to, for our very health, environment and sustainability. Our collective voices matter more with each passing day, and we can only hope to see many other voices stepping in, and reading the same book you just did, as I am ~S. There’s always a heartfelt ‘peace & sense of belonging’ in these gatherings, knowing there are more of us who passionately care – our connection to one another and the earth we share. I agree, Paul in his comment certainly does get it, and we hold hope that leaders who can make a difference will hear and respond. There is so much potential and win-win with renewable energy now. My heart sunk from here at the news of the toxic spill in Santa Barbara, as it did after our spill in Vancouver’s English Bay, …a huge wake up call to us all, as to all we hold precious, at great risk. I was near the GP tent & have some additional photos to share with you from the Toast our Coast event as well, not sure where might be best to send them to you so you receive them? Loved your share of the event and concerns we share here, along with the photos! A heart-felt “Thank you” once again, for all the years of passion and power of your voice Jane – you do inspire, and yes, we’re in this together. I think it’s time for another huge entertainment concert with many artists/singers/actors joining in to speak on what matters re: protecting our health & ocean/lake/river, land/air environments, to spread the word, that now is the time for real change, we just need the collective will & realization that a clean energy shift benefits all.. GP did a concert many years ago in fundraising for the start-up cause – you may have received a copy of that re-digitized CD from Joanna Kerr ~S. I hope before 2015 is through a seed is planted for such a concert again & there could be like-minded groups joining in… another ‘happening – speaking for our earth’. Cheers from Vancouver, and in mutual hope, with you…for conscious change, asap, for all of us! Monica ~S

  22. Hi, Jane. I applaud your continued commitment to raising awareness about important geopolitical issues that deeply concern us all. For those of you who are interested in “being the change you wish to see” in our shared environment I suggest visiting . Their personal footprint tab provides a free quiz to determine how many Earths it would take if everybody lived the same resource consumption lifestyle as you — and it also provides suggestions to reduce your footprint. I was alarmed to see that even my seemingly humble (due to finances) lifestyle would take 6.3 Earths to support. I produce 30.7 tons of carbon dioxide and use 28.1 global acres a year. I have pledged to reduce the amount of animal products I consume by half as well as purchasing products with less and/or 100% post-consumer recycled materials which should lead to a 20% reduction in my personal footprint. Only if Jane agrees — I always respect that this is her blog — but, maybe if everyone shares their results we could inspire one another to collectively reduce. Obviously, some people have commitments which require extensive travel or other activities which necessarily increase their footprint, so this isn’t some sort of “gotcha you’re a hypocrite” and/or “shaming” tactic. My intention is only to motivate thought and change (via action and/or inaction). What do you think, Jane? (Can you tell I am finally back in school. One of my courses, on my way to a business degree, is environmental science.)

    • Peter, I’ll take a crack when I can. I have a solar home and drive a Prius. I had a solar home in the 1970s!!!! With a windmill for electricity at my children’s camp. IN THE 70s!!!! The technology’s been around that long!!!!

  23. The site is footprintnetwork.org

  24. Food for thought. I’m interested on your thoughts on my ideas, Jane & Company.
    If we eliminated the income tax and replaced it with a graduated percentage tax on net worth (with the wealthiest paying 90% of their net worth at the end of each fiscal year and the poorest paying 10%) — do any of you think that we could possibly eradicate poverty, repair/replace our infrastructure, invest in green technology (providing access to clean air, water, food and energy), decrease the need for wars fought over resources, properly support our veterans in the armed forces and peace corps, overhaul/strengthen our free public education system (from Head Start to Post-Doctoral studies) and decrease crime? ALL of this, I believe, could be accomplished without decreasing personal accountability/initiative. There would be no caps on wealth. Those at the top would just have to do with what amounts to only a little bit less (in the grand scheme of things), while feeling great that their individual luck and personal fortitude brought so much to so many. (For example, Bill Gates — already an amazing global philanthropist — would have to live on close to eight billion dollars, as opposed to close to eighty billion. However, each year he could replenish his personal treasury.) Whereas those at the bottom would have a real fighting chance to significantly improve their own lives (and by extension the lives of those around them) because they wouldn’t be the victims of hunger and diseases physical, mental and social. To me this would combine all the best elements of capitalism, socialism and communism in a democracy that would make me truly proud — not just grateful — to be a citizen of the United States of America. There is no such thing as Utopia. There would still be many ways to work around or cheat the system. However, the wealthy would be more inclined to donate larger portions of their wealth to charity. The focus would be less of making the top of a Forbes list or winning the lottery.

    • Peter, I can’t weigh in on this with any authority given my lack of real economic understanding. I DO understand that our level of economic inequality is a catastrophe. 90% tax on the 1% seems high (they’d flee the country as the French and Swedish uber rich do with around 75% tax.) BUt we for sure need higher taxes on the rich and an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

  25. To Jane and all members who read this……
    Last night I listeded to Marc Maron’s ( the comic in the garage ) podcast interview with President Obama. I am writing this for all that haven’t heard it.. I promise you will hear two smart men talking the way you have never heard Obama speak. Rather than telling you more of what was said just download interview and you will be grateful you heard it, and pass it on please……….
    Best,
    Barbara

  26. Dear Jane, Always truly touched and delighted when you, one a consider to be an icon and a friend, takes the time to respond to my observations, questions and suggestions. I’m learning about the Ancient Egyptian class structure in my Humanities class and I find the parallels to our time fascinating. The Priests of that time had access to scientific knowledge which the held onto secretly giving them such social, political and economic power — much like the Big Oil oligarchy (with all its myriad international political tentacles) seem to be doing during our times. “Chinatown” is one of my all-time favorite movies — I heard that you were considering the role that eventually went to Faye Dunaway (her autobiography “Looking For Gatsby” was fascinating and very well-written, as was Mia Farrow’s “What Falls Away — I am fascinated by the women who were so great in that decade and how they continue to be dynamic creators of art and discussion today). Is that true? I would love to have also seen your take on the role. I actually got to hold the shooting script at the Academy Library when I visited Hollywood in 1993. I also got to hold George Lucas’ Honorary Oscar — the one the was flown into outer space. Such a rare thrill! During that trip I also fell in love with Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles — and was hoping to run into you there, having read somewhere that you were a fan. Anyway “Chinatown” was about water wars — which we may be fighting on a global scale in the not to distant future. Television’s “DALLAS”, while exceptionally entertaining, highlighted to wanton greed of Big — and a lot of small — Oil. I’m looking forward to hearing an announcement about your novel. What a treat it would be to meet you at a possible book signing event, for said novel, in Detroit, Michigan. Sorry my brain is hyperactive today. No need to respond, unless you want to.

  27. Tar sands oil is extremely expensive to extract. With oil prices low the projects should go on hold at least. But the Saudis may raise the price again before long because they need the revenue for their social programs.

    I’m pessimistic about stopping Big Oil as the wealth gap continues to widen. The deep pockets can buy up Congress, unless people really get mobilized. But the big gap between left and right gets in the way, making climate protection seen ideological.

    Here’s what going to save the climate–at the last possible moment: a gigantic financial collapse predicted by many of the world’s top financial analysts. Since 1970, US debt has been rising twice as fast as wealth, and still is. Several years ago we passed the point where if we simply stopped increasing debt by 2% a year we’d trigger a huge depression. We are trapped and all going down. But when? The world’s top expert on the international financial system says the central banks with their money printing may be able to hold it off for up to nine more years (several others think much sooner). Then all hell breaks loose. When it happens climate change will cease to be a problem! Get ready.

    • Hmm. Interesting take. I’m more in favor of the mass mobilization.

      • Just today the NYTimes officially noticed that debt around the world seems unstoppable: nations are increasing their debt just to stay even, but are falling farther behind. This observation by the Times is highly politically incorrect but still far understates the problem. With or without “mobilization” against Big Oil the world economy is going to collapse and a whole “new order” of some sort will come in, after a good deal of chaos. Meanwhile, anyone in stocks and bonds will be wiped out. Keep your eye on the debt problem, now the only real solution for warming.

        • Debts could be forgiven in exchange for moving to renewable energy

  28. Brilliant blog Jane, and your one in TIME too. I love that you’re still politically/socially active – on a wide range of issues too. Arctic drilling certainly is a major concern right now and one that too many people are ignorant of or don’t take seriously. Hopefully publicity like this (and Emma Thompson’s great work too) can encourage people to get their heads up and listen…

  29. Hi Jane, I wish there was a section that I could just blog to you or just a statement that other bloggers could read about anything. I don’t Twitter or am on Facebook ( I can’t be alone) I just wanted to say that you are the most relevant person I have ever read. I can’t believe you weren’t always that way. I’ve read and watched most of your interviews on you Tube and find you to be so truthful and not afraid to disagree and say why. I just watched a Bill Maher show with him discussing Jesus and Christianity. He’s an Athiest as you know so it was interesting how you disagreed and he was at a loss for words which I have never seen happen with him. I am in my third act and just started your book My Life So Far. I actually bought for my 95 year old mother who has never had Surgery, lives in Boca in independent living and is coming to New York July 9th to go to the theater and The museums. She is very relevant. She only complained that the book was heavy.
    I am just happy to have found your voice. Think about adding that section to your website, until then I’ll figure it out. Be well and most important healthy and happy………..
    I do hope you get to see my website so you can see what I do. http://www.lawrenceessentials.com

  30. Another reason why Jane Rocks

  31. Dear Jane
    I finally saved all of the money that I need for my little sister (who is 8) and I to go to the climate talks. We will be in Paris December 4th just in time for my birthday on the 5th. I have my fingers crossed that this birthday I will be celebrating the start of a new and better world that does not include climate change. Thank you so much for everything that you are doing. I hope to follow in your footsteps and hope we will be able to make a great big noise together in Paris! Love Tyger

    • Oh my goodness, dear Tyger, how happy I am to hear from you and to know that you’ll be going to Paris for the Climate Summit. Alas, I have had surgery this weak (I’ll be fine) but it prevents me from attending the Summit which just breaks my heart. I send much love and prayers to you and your sister and mother and to all who manifest the next 2 weeks in Paris to save our planet and ourselves. xxx

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