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August 15th Chevron oil refinery action
- CLEAN AIR FOR RICHMOND & THE BAY;
- STOP OIL REFINERY EXPANSIONS
- CORPORATIONS OUT OF COPENHAGEN CLIMATE TALKS!
Saturday, August 15th, 11:30am
16th St. & Macdonald Ave., Richmond, CA
FESTIVAL RALLY – 11:30am
MARCH ON CHEVRON OIL REFINERY – 1:00pm
followed by NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
In order to bring our climate back to the safe zone and avoid catastrophic consequences, we need to make massive emissions cuts now. There’s only one way we can achieve that: we need to turn the political heat way up — and push back the corporate and business lobbyists who use false solutions (clean coal and carbon trading) to keep polluting and profiting.Climate change is rooted in an unjust economic system controlled by corporations at the expense of people and planet. Climate justice means we need to address these root causes and create postive alternatives; localized, low-carbon communities and economies.
On August 15th stand with the environmental justice movement that has stopped Chevron’s refinery expansion in Richmond. Chevron already produces two million pounds of air pollution, water pollution, and greenhouse gases each year. The expansion would create much more greenhouse gas and toxic air pollution.
Join the growing alliance of groups and people creating “street heat” for climate justice in the lead up to the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Talks
Organize a climate justice affinity group with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, union, church or family and join us for Aug. 15 and beyond.
FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION:
For the Saturday, August 15 mobilization at Chevron:
1) Action Agreement:
All participants are asked to agree to the following guidelines:
• Our actions will be nonviolent – respecting the safety and long-term resilience of local activists, their families and communities.
• Our action strategies and tactics will respect, and be shaped in dialogue with, local activists and organizations campaigning against Chevron.
• Our action strategy will embody tactics that make space for a diversity of participation, enhance opportunities to organize against the Chevron refinery in the years to come, and empower local community activists to embrace their leadership of the climate justice movement.
2) Climate Justice:
Our basis of unity for this action shall be a universal commitment to Climate Justice, including:
• Rejecting carbon-trading mechanisms, particularly those that allow corporations and wealthy countries to continue polluting by funding “clean development” projects in poor countries.
• Achieving low-carbon, community-based economies, without resorting to global markets-based schemes and false, corporate technologies such as nuclear power, biofuels and “clean coal”.
• Protecting the rights of those affected by the transition to a just energy economy, especially frontline communities and workers.
• Amplifying the voices of frontline community organizations fighting for environmental health and Climate Justice, against polluters such as Chevron.
Our goals for this action include:
• Localize Climate Justice struggles, and situate the local struggle for Climate Justice within community-based organizing and priorities.
• Build awareness among local activists (especially youth) about the Climate Justice movement, as well as about both real and corporate solutions to the climate crisis.
• Build the capacity of local activists to participate in the Climate Justice movement, and in other struggles for social and environmental justice.
• Contribute to a broader definition of the Climate Justice movement, and contribute to the inclusion of the goals and aspirations of community-based organizations and workers in that movement.
• Re-energize and redefine mass-based, nonviolent direct action, and demonstrate its potency as a force for social change.
• Build towards later popular mobilizations for Climate Justice – including international days of action on October 24 (called by 350.org) and November 30 (called by Mobilization for Climate Justice) – and build a movement that will continue to fight for Climate Justice after those mobilizations have ended.
OIL REDUCTION, NOT REFINERY EXPANSION! CAP THE CRUDE!
Instead of reducing oil production and shifting to sustainable industries, Chevron and other Big Oil corporations are expanding their refineries, pipelines and extraction projects to process dirtier, heavier crude oil from places like the Alberta Tar Sands. This massive expansion is destroying communities and ecosystems across North America, and if allowed to continue would derail any efforts to adequately reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Communities for a Better Environment recently released a study that found that, “a switch to heavy oil…. could double or triple greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. oil refineries”.
Richmond and Bay Area environmental and climate justice groups are leading a precedent-setting fight against this expansion. A fierce, local grassroots campaign has been fighting Chevron’s pushing, lying and bribing strategies to expand their Richmond refinery. After Chevron pushed their expansion plans through the (formerly pro-Chevron) Richmond City council, environmental justice groups sued the city to stop the expansion and are demanding a “Crude Cap” that would monitor and prevent the refining of heavier, dirtier crude. Like the No Coal campaign, it’s time for the climate justice movement to step up and take on big oil and their deadly expansion plans .
It’s also time for the Chevron, and our society more generally, to move beyond fossil fuels – and to move beyond corporate-driven solutions to corporate-caused problems (such as nuclear power, biofuels, waste incineration and “clean coal”). We demand a rapid transition towards an economy based on environmental sustainability and social and environmental justice.
CORPORATIONS OUT OF COPENHAGEN – OUR CLIMATE IS NOT YOUR BUSINESS!
We demand that Chevron and other corporate polluters stay out of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – that corporate lobbyists be barred from participation, and thus prevented from further interfering in the development of climate stabilization strategies. To date, the UNFCCC meetings have had corporate lobbyists vastly outnumber representatives of governments and civil society groups – sometime as high as 4:1. Meanwhile, Indigenous Nations, frontline communities and the most impacted people from around the world are not allowed meaningful representation at the table. We demand that such corrupt international processes be stopped, and that sovereign Indigenous Nations and frontline communities be allowed leadership roles in developing a global climate strategy in the interest of people and planet.