#NoKXL Promise to Protect

UU Ministry for Earth and the Unitarian Universalist Association both endorse the Promise to Protect call to action and encourage Unitarian Universalists to prepare for a potentially massive escalation to prevent TransCanada’s Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline.

A presidential permit for the pipeline was just issued on March 29, 2019, meaning that construction is likely to be fast-tracked despite recent court rulings calling for more environmental review.

Here are some ways to engage:

1.  Read the #NoKXL Promise to Protect Call to Action and add your name if you feel called. If you want to join a coordinating circle of UUs commited to the Promise to Protect, join the “NO KXL – Promise to Protect” group on  Create Climate Justice Net.

2. Sign up for the Promise to Protect Training Tour

The Promise to Protect Training Tour kicked off on March 23rd, and is taking place in 10 cities and 4 reservations, with a goal of training 2K+ people for direct action to stop the Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline. Despite numerous court rulings denying permits, the Trump administration has issued another presidential permit to fast track the project without further environmental review. Native and non-Native environmental justice activists will come together to take powerful collective action along the pipeline route and in our local areas. Our UU faith calls us to heal our relationship with the earth through action in solidarity with those resisting the fossil fuel industry’s extraction and exploitation of people, resources, and lands.

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3. Individually, or in community, learn more about the opposition to the KXL pipeline and the environmental justice and climate impacts of Canadian tar sands (aka oil sands). Here are some resources to consider:

4. Individually, or in community, learn more about the historic events that took place at Standing Rock with the #NoDAPL Water Protectors movement, and reflect on (1) how these events have impacted lives, communities, and movements, and (2) what we might learn from these experiences and carry with us as we face yet another major pipeline as part of a broad coalition. Here are some resources to consider (content warning: graphic footage of private security and police violence):

5. Individually, or as a community, learn more about Indigenous Peoples histories and struggles, as it relates to environmental justice and to the place(s) where you live and feel connected to. Here are some resources to consider:

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