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Stop the Pipelines!
In June of 2012, we once again took a stand against the expansion of the Canadian tar sands. Although we ran different campaigns in Canada and the US, they both had the same clear message: building additional pipelines to transport bitumen not only accelerates the growth of Alberta's tar sands, but an inevitable rupture puts our land, water and livelihoods at serious risk.
Our Canadian shops gathered signatures for a Dogwood Initiative petition for a tanker ban on the British Columbian coastline. The tanker ban would prevent the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from being built. If approved, the pipeline will run from Alberta's tar sands to Kitimat, BC, exporting crude oil to China and putting our coastal waters, fishing industry and First Nations communities at risk in the process. We have good reason to be concerned; Enbridge averages one oil spill a week.
Our American shops educated customers about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension. The 1600 mile pipeline would export up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta's tar sands to the Gulf Coast of Texas, crossing thousands of rivers and streams, including the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies two million Americans with fresh water. Our customers signed a 350.org petition against the pipeline addressed to President Barack Obama.
Both proposed pipelines are being reviewed without public input by vote. At LUSH, we believe we should have the right to decide our energy future! Throughout the campaign we had LUSH polling stations set up in all our North American shops to give our customers the opportunity to 'make their voice heard'.
Dogwood Initiative is a Victoria-based non-profit that brings together everyday British Columbians to take back decision-making power over their air, land and water. To learn more, visit: www.dogwoodinitiative.org
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. They have also been key players in fight to stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. To learn more, visit: www.350.org
We sold our Charity Pot hand and body lotion and donated the total amount generated during the campaign to our partners. That means you raised $16,500 for 350.org and $21,000 for Dogwood Initiative! The 3800 votes collected in Canada, and the 4000 votes in the US, went directly to Dogwood Initiative and 350.org respectively. Both proposed pipelines are still under review by Government and environmental assessment panels.