This one to Chase –

Jeanne,

I’m going to cut to the chase: Today, JPMorgan Chase announced a fossil fuel policy that rules out funding for coal plants, and for oil and gas projects in the Arctic. This is a major step forward in our efforts to get the finance sector to make the changes we need to heal the climate and protect communities around the world.

That’s why we’re celebrating today, Jeanne. Because you did it!! After two years of showing up in every way, you moved the #1 banker of fossil fuels in the world.

I’m going to give you a minute to let that sink in, maybe dance around a little bit, and let out a majorly deserved “YES!” Because this is monumental.

But this campaign is far from over: it’s a major milestone for Chase to end funding of coal and Arctic oil and gas projects, but we need them to go even further. Chase must immediately stop financing tar sands mines and pipelines, and stop financing any companies that are building new fossil fuel infrastructure.

The great news is that you’ve already proven you can move the world’s #1 banker of fossil fuels! So let’s get the promise we really want: let’s convince Chase to defund all fossil fuels!

Your dedication to people and planet has been incredible. You’ve showed up at Chase branches and shut them down, emailed executives urging them to act for the climate, called Jamie Dimon to tell him how disappointed you are, and you never let up.

Everyone at RAN wants to thank you for dedicating yourself to demanding Chase defund climate change. But we can’t let up now, Jeanne. We have Chase right where we want them, and they need to go further to undo the damage they’ve done.

Chase has for decades financed fossil fuel companies that have violated Indigenous rights, destroyed rainforests, endangered species, and wreaked havoc on the climate. It now needs to respond to the climate crisis on a scale equal to the damage it has done.

Business as usual isn’t an option anymore and Chase knows it, YOU made sure of that. In the months to come, we need you out there with us, telling Chase that their work isn’t done yet.

Take this moment to celebrate, Jeanne, you got to them and your message was loud and clear. Get ready to move them even more because Chase needs to defund climate change completely, and with your help, it will happen.

For people and planet,

Paddy McCully
Climate and Energy
Program Director
Rainforest Action Network

 

 

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Great and easy action –

Tell the Federal Government’s EDC: No Finance for Coastal GasLink! Hands off Wet’suwet’en.

SEND YOUR MESSAGE

Your letter will be delivered to Export Development Canada’s President Mairead Lavery, Minister of International Trade Mary Ng, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dear Mairead Lavery, Hon. Mary Ng, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

I am writing to call on you to reject Coastal GasLink as a ‘project under consideration’ for investment by Export Development Canada.

It is impossible for the government to go into talks with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in good faith when a federal Crown corporation is considering a direct investment in the project.

Coastal GasLink is opposed by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and is in direct violation of their Indigenous rights and title over their ancestral homelands. Earlier this month, militarized police officers violently arrested peaceful Wet’suwet’en land defenders and matriarchs who were protecting their unceded lands from this disastrous project. This violent assault has triggered national solidarity demonstrations across the country that are ongoing.

Providing any kind of financial backing to TC Energy or Coastal GasLink would be a disaster. Canada can’t say it’s working to a peaceful resolution of this moment, nor that it’s pursuing reconciliation if it hands millions of public dollars to the corporation and project that has sparked a national uprising. We implore you to do the right thing: put Indigenous rights first and reject this loan.

EDC spokespeople have claimed what they are considering is “a loan in the form of project financing” and not an “investment.” Spokespeople for the Minister of International Trade say that EDC “operates at arms-length” from the government and that it is fully transparent, accountable, and upholds the values that Canadians expect. You can’t have it both ways — project financing is an investment, and a Crown corporation answers to the government that owns it.

Building new oil and gas infrastructure is out of line with climate science, and it is indefensible for these projects to be pushed through communities on unceded territory with militarized police forces. The whole world is watching and we need you to drop this project.

As thousands mobilize in solidarity with Wetʼsuwetʼen land defenders, a federal government Crown corporation —  Export Development Canada (EDC) — has listed the Coastal GasLink Pipeline as a ‘project under consideration’ for financing. EDC has a track record of providing public finance for projects that violate Indigenous rights and push past our global carbon budgets — they were a key backer of the Canadian government’s TMX pipeline buyout too.

Let EDC and the Canadian federal government know it’s unacceptable for them to put public finance towards getting Coastal GasLink built when Wet’suwet’en have said #NoCGL. A loan approval could come as early as February 26, so it’s important to act fast!

Your letter will be delivered to Export Development Canada’s President Mairead Lavery, Minister of International Trade Mary Ng, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Hope you will join in –

Friends, here are a couple of updates for you all!

Special Chase Call

This is a reminder about our special PNW regional organizing call coming up on Thursday, facilitated by 350 Seattle’s Alec Connon. If your group has plans to take part in the special Chase-specific events around Earth Day, you are invited to hop on the call and coordinate with other people in our region!

 

As part of Earth Day week, 350.org and 35 other organizations that are a part of the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition are calling for actions targeting the financial sector on Thursday, April 23rd — as part of the campaign, 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, was recently arrested in a Chase bank near the White House. As we prepare for this huge day of action, we want to bring together all the groups in the PNW who are interested in taking action at a financial sector target during Earth Day week. There are at least 9 local groups on WA and OR who are already active in the Chase campaign, but this call is open to every group, whether you are new to the Chase work or not. We hope you’ll join us!

 

What: Stop the Money Pipeline – Pacific Northwest Regional Organizing Call

When: Thursday, Feb 27, 630-8PM

Where: Zoom. Register here

 

Wet’suwet’en Update

I also thought you all might like to know that 350.org has released an official statement regarding the sovereignty of hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. You can read the full statement here.

 

350.org stands in solidarity with the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation – along with allied Indigenous land defenders in Tyendinaga and beyond – in their assertion of Indigenous rights and title over their ancestral homelands. We condemn the police raids, colonial violence, and divisions being sown by the Canadian and BC government in pursuit of the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline.”

You can find resources for accurate updates on this unfolding situation and a fantastic arts toolkit for organizing solidarity actions with the Wet’suwet’en in the link above, too.
All the best,
Grace Hope
she/her

PNW Regional Organizer

PNW muscle power in the making!

A bit more on the PNW call –

Hi OR and WA 350 local group leaders –

I just wanted to let you all know that several of us are having a PNW-focused Chase Campaign call on Thursday.

What: Stop the Money Pipeline – Pacific Northwest Regional Organizing Call

When: Thursday, Feb 27, 630-8PM

Where: Zoom. Register here

 

As you probably know, during Earth Day 2020, 350.org and 40+ other organizations that are a part of the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition are calling for actions targeting the financial sector on Thursday, April 23rd — as part of the campaign, 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, was recently arrested in a Chase bank near the White House. There are at least 9 local groups on WA and OR who are already active in the Chase campaign, but this call is open to every group in the PNW, whether you are new to the Chase work or not and I wanted to make sure you had it on your radar! We hope you’ll join us!  Alec


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