From July 12 to July 18, Climate First! and many others, as part of the Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition, will be organizing artful actions and protests at banks all around the country that are funding the Line 3 pipeline project in Northern Minnesota. Join Climate First! as we engage in artful events using #DefundLine3 posters and other art, in a week-long campaign to spread the word about the climate-wrecking Line 3.
Our work in mid-July will be critical to defeating the Line 3 pipeline because there currently are $4.6 billion in loans to Enbridge Inc., the company behind the toxic Line 3, that are due to expire on the 22nd and 23rd of July. At that time, banks can legally walk away from Line 3, effectively defunding the construction of the dirty project. We must convince the large banks to stop funding the high carbon fuel-carrying Line 3 pipeline, if the world is to have any chance of staying under 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming which nations aspired to when signing the Paris Climate Accord in 2015.
This week of artful actions is part of the Defund Line 3 campaign, using the power of art to support those who are putting their bodies on the front line in N. Minnesota to stop Line 3, and protect our water, climate, treaties, and communities. In all, nearly 500 people have now been arrested for taking bold direct action to stop the construction of Line 3.
More information regarding Climate First!'s direct actions during the week of July 12-18 will be posted in the near future.
This year's United Nations climate summit--the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties or "COP26"--will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1 to 12. Up to 200 world leaders will discuss how to address the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many think that COP26 is the most critical climate summit since COP21 in 2015, when nearly every world leader signed the ground-breaking Paris Climate Accord. The world's nations agreed in Paris to hold global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees C, and "to pursue efforts" to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.
This year's COP takes place six years after the Paris agreement, and is the first opportunity since then for countries to upgrade their pledges on tackling climate change at an international gathering. Critically, the U.N.’s climate science body--the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)--published in 2018 a special report which concluded that the "safe" level of warming was no longer 2 degrees C, but was 1.5 degrees C. In view of the revised target of 1.5 C, it seems irrefutable that countries at COP 26 must revise their GHG emission reduction plans to reflect the new science, and move to net zero as fast as possible.
Climate First! and many other climate groups around the world will be organizing events in the weeks before the start of COP26 in an effort to move government and corporate leaders to dramatic climate action.
More information about our pre-COP26 events will be posted when available.