A note: Over the coming weeks and months, Stand.earth will continue to push for climate action and climate justice, because the climate crisis can’t wait. We’ll also be supporting efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus while advocating for measures that keep people around the world healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. You can read our full statement on COVID-19 here.
While the rest of us are social distancing to keep each other safe, Coastal GasLink is still bringing in workers from all over Canada to build its fracked gas pipeline on Wet’suwet’en territory – putting entire northern communities at grave risk.
The Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline is a threat to the land, air, water, climate, and to the Indigenous women living near the fracked gas pipeline route. The Wet’suwet’en have rights and title to their land, and have not consented to the pipeline.
With mass gatherings being paused to keep people safe amidst the spread of COVID-19, the Wet’suwet’en are adjusting their tactics, but calling on allies to keep standing with them. What can you do? Call out the largest funders of the CGL pipeline: JPMorgan Chase and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR). These companies’ plans to invest in the pipeline aren’t final and there’s still time to stop them.
Sign this petition to KKR and JP Morgan Chase, and demand they stop funding Coastal GasLink.
Last month, militarized police conducted a raid of the resistance camps on Wet’suwet’en land and illegally evicted hereditary chiefs, land defenders, and matriarchs. The police came with assault rifles, snipers, dogs, sound cannons, and helicopters to arrest unarmed Indigenous elders and youth.
A powerful solidarity movement quickly sprang up across the globe and got the world’s attention. Indigenous people and allies have led railway blockades, port shutdowns, sit-ins at government buildings, and huge rallies that brought parts of Canada to an economic standstill. Meanwhile, global allies shut-down Canadian consulates and banks that are funding the pipeline. Now that we can’t gather in person, digital tactics are more important than ever.
JPMorgan Chase, the world’s biggest banker of fossil fuels, is helping funnel more than $5 billion in loans to the company behind Coastal GasLink. And, KKR — a New York City based investment firm with a grotesque reputation for putting profits over employees, people, and the environment — is involved too. It has plans to purchase 65% of the pipeline with Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo). Companies like Chase and KKR actively perpetuate the destruction of stolen Indigenous lands to fuel the climate crisis.
Fortunately, KKR’s plans to invest in the pipeline aren’t final. We must hold the company accountable before it’s too late.
The Stand.earth community is in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and other First Nations resisting destructive fossil fuel projects on their territories. Over the past decade, Stand has joined forces with frontline communities and allied organizations again and again to stop dozens of fossil fuel projects, including the Teck Frontier mine. We continue to support Coast Salish nations fighting against the Trans Mountain pipeline too.
The current resistance to the CGL pipeline is as much of a fight for Indigenous rights as it is for the future of the planet. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation have the right to live on their unceded land. Pipeline funders must be held accountable for their role in steamrolling Indigenous rights, destroying Indigenous lands, and fueling the climate crisis.
There is no climate justice without Indigenous sovereignty.