“The damage to our relationships with the capital markets has been substantial, impairing access to financing and increasing [our] cost of capital and our ability to fund future projects”
- Energy Transfer Vs. Greenpeace
Dear Maeve --
Indigenous leaders from Mazaska Talks are calling on us to take action for Divest the Globe. They are asking allies and activists everywhere to target the banks that are funding projects that “desecrate Mother Earth” - pipelines, tar sands extraction, fracking…
In Vermont, TD Bank is our target, and actions will be happening in multiple locations: Burlington, Bennington, Manchester, and more.
Can you take a moment to watch this and commit to getting involved on October 23rd?
Why target the banks?
We have a climate-change-denying, obstinate administration in Washington. Our people pressure may yield better results when we focus on businesses and institutions that still need to maintain a positive public image (like Ben & Jerry’s - congrats Migrant Justice!!!). Many banks and lending institutions are still funding extreme energy projects, despite the deepening climate crisis and the horrific human rights abuses witnessed at Standing Rock. We know that the funders can and will cave to public pressure, because we’ve seen big banks reducing their investment in fossil fuel projects - by 22% in 2016.
On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world's largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People's rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). These banks include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) financiers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and many more.
Why TD Bank?
TD Bank has long been a funder of tar sands extraction in Alberta, and they currently extend multi-billion dollar lines of credit to TransCanada - the company that wants to bring the Keystone XL pipeline back from the dead. A recent report shows that TD also financed over 3 billion dollars to companies engaging in extreme fossil fuel activities, from 2014-2016. TD Bank has many branches in Vermont, and up until this summer, held banking contracts with the state of Vermont. Recently, TD Bank lost its contract with Vermont, in part due to our demands! Now it’s time to boot TD out of Vermont completely.
Please sign up and join us on the 23rd!
Maeve & the 350VT team
p.s. SAVE THE DATE: 350VT Annual Convergence on Saturday November 4th, 2-7:30pm. Goddard College. Registration is open!
- Volunteer for the 350VT 5th Annual Convergence! Our annual statewide meeting will be held on November 4th at Goddard College from 2:00-7:30pm. We are looking for help with setup and break-down, managing the raffle and welcome tables, and other tasks. If you are willing and able to help, please email Jillian at email@example.com.
- Parent Action! Are you a parent interested in taking action against climate change? Join Mother Up! in building solidarity among parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. Mother Up! groups meet every month in Brattleboro (4th Mondays), Burlington (3rd Thursdays), and Montpelier (1st Fridays). Contact Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Volunteer with us! This fall we have a lot of opportunities to help out during our events, campaigns, and actions. If you want to stay up to date with all the volunteer opportunities, sign up for our twice monthly volunteer newsletter.
Indigenous Peoples' Day is October 9! Folks in Brattleboro head over to Pliny Park at 4pm on the 9th for a small gathering with drumming, singing, and speakers. In Burlington, Champlain College is hosting a week of events, check out their flyer here. If you know of more Indigenous Peoples' Day events happening around Vermont, send your events to Katherine at email@example.com.
Migrant Justice and Ben & Jerry's have signed the Milk with Dignity Agreement! Shout out to all of our friends and allies at Migrant Justice who've worked tirelessly to ensure the human rights and fair working conditions of dairy workers here in Vermont. Send them some love on twitter or facebook!
Everyone's Economic Opportunity in Climate Action - Join Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Natural Resources Council for an interactive and informative panel focusing on the economic opportunities for Vermont in combating climate change. Check out their facebook page for event info for panels in Barre, Burlington, Manchester, and Middlebury.
Immense gratitude for Candy, Dia, Keri, Laura, Natalee, Brynne, Jen, Nancy, Arthur, Brian and KC who helped us move the office last week! Come visit us at 22 Church St., 3rd fl.
- Shout out to all the farms and local businesses that donated delicious, local food for our Building Ground Training this Saturday.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make an Evening with Starhawk a success! If you missed the workshop, ORCA Media caught it all on tape. Check out the full video here.
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