This edition of the ISTS Day Newsletter is brought to us by Pete, our
London, UK organiser. Thanks Pete!
June 18th is going to be special. It is going to be the biggest
international demonstrations on tar sands ever. So that everyone can
take part we would like you to do something a little creative and a
little special, but not too tricky!
Where ever you are in the world, we invite you to make a banner,
display or artwork to show how you feel about the tar sands, then grab
some friends and take it to your local landmark or city/town/village
name-plate and take a digital photo for us.
If you are close to a Canadian Embassy but no one is organising a
demo, take it around there for a quick pic out front.
Whatever tar sands events you are taking part in on June 18th, please
send us your pictures.
We will collect all these wonderful images and create a collage - a
massive picture which we will present to the Canadian government so we
can be sure they get the message - the world is watching and it knows
So afterwards, please send your best picture to me (Pete) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or as an alternative we will be setting up a
Flickr account, details of which will be posted on the website
Many of the best pictures will also go onto the English language
version of the site too.
Thank you all, as ever, for your endeavors, support and now your
London, UK Organiser
Last Monday, May 2nd, 2011 was a day most Canadians will not forget.
No, no, this has nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden's death. While we
were all riveted by the news of the killing of the worlds’s most
famous “bad guy”, something quite frightening happened in Canada –
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives won a majority in a federal election.
Some of you may not be familiar with this guy and his party. This is
the party that threw out Canada’s climate bill to fight climate change
claiming it would cost “millions” of Canadian jobs. This is the guy
who muzzled government scientists making it virtually impossible for
them to convey many of their findings to the media, especially those
which have something to do with climate change or the tar sands. This
is the government that will continue to promote the tar sands as
“ethical oil” around the world. And they accomplished all this with
only a minority.
Needless to say, a lot of Canadians are pretty bummed out right now.
Unfortunately, due to an electoral system in need of reform, a party
like the Conservatives can win a majority in parliament but only
manage about 40% of the popular vote.
What does all this mean for us and the international campaign to stop
the tar sands? Despite the fact that Canadians voted in numbers never
before seen for the most environmentally-conscious parties (the Green
Party and the New Democratic Party, of which the latter is in official
opposition), a lot of Canadians who want something better for Canada
are pretty exhausted and discouraged at the moment. The next four
years are going to be pretty rough. There is very little to keep the
Conservatives in check now. That is why Canadians need us and
International Stop the Tar Sands Day more than ever. They need
support. They need inspiration. They need help.
And help is just around the corner....
I am very happy to announce that thanks to the efforts of Pete (London
organiser) and the good people of LUSH Cosmetics, LUSH will be
launching their ‘stop the tar sands’ actions across Europe three days
before International Stop the Tar Sands Day kicks off on June 18th.
LUSH has stores in over 20 different European countries and thus has
the ability to raise awareness about the tar sands that far exceeds
our own. Not only will LUSH’s actions on June 15th draw even more
international attention to the destructiveness of the tar sands, it
will also serve as a great promotion for our big day.
When you are putting together your event for International Stop the
Tar Sands Day, whether it is a concert, a film showing, taking a
picture of you and your friends holding a banner, or a demonstration
think of all those Canadians who worked so hard to try and get
something better for Canada and the planet on May 2nd. Those Canadians
who might be feeling a little down at the moment. Lets make June 18th
great for them.
Pete, LUSH, thanks a million.