By Clayton Thomas-Müller, Stop-it-at-the-Source Campaigner for 350.org
We won. I’m speechless.
This morning, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline approval.
This is a huge victory for Indigenous rights, for communities and for our planet.
All I have to say today is thank you. To the Indigenous Peoples who have led this movement in since day one, to the countless organizers who helped to raise funds and support for these court cases and for the movement that has been relentless in shining a light on how broken Canada’s pipeline reviews are.
This outcome means that construction must stop, and that the National Energy Board review must be completely redone, with real consultation with Indigenous Peoples and considering the impact tankers in the Salish Sea. Whatever happens next, this means years of delays, and years without millions of barrels of tar sands flowing through the pipeline, good news for communities, the coast and our climate.
Today we celebrate and thank everyone who helped make this possible, including you. And, today and every day we tell our government to get out of the oil business and get to work on building a 100% renewable energy economy that works for the many, not the few.
We know that it’s not just possible, it’s already underway. We can see it in community and Indigenous owned solar energy projects like Lubicon Solar, in the cities, towns and entire provinces standing up to massive fossil fuel projects, and in the frontline opposition to dangerous pipelines like Kinder Morgan and Line 3.
That’s why we’re not slowing down. On September 8th, hundreds of communities around the world will Rise for Climate and a 100% renewable energy future. Will you join them?
Let’s make sure the Federal government listens to people in this pivotal moment, not the interests of Big Oil and billionaire CEO’s.
PS. You can donate to the Stop KM Legal Fund to support people facing fines and jail time for their bold actions to stop Kinder Morgan’s pipeline over the last few months.