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Stop the Tar Sands in Canada

11/10/11 Update: The White House sends KeystoneXL back to drawing board. Thousands of activists signing up to keep up pressure. Read more.

Here at EcoOutfitters, we just joined an important campaign to stop the tar sands in Canada — and I want you to join me.

It only takes a minute to sign the petition!

If you haven’t heard of the tar sands, they’re a massive operation that many people call the most environmentally destructive project on the planet. Right now, President Obama is considering signing a permit to allow the development of a new pipeline that would pump over a million gallons of dirty tar sands oil from Canada to the United States every day.

Let’s make sure we stop this project and help move the world beyond fossil fuels.

Thanks everyone!

Here’s the latest on the campaign, as of September 1st:

Though your support (via phone calls to President Obama and adding your name to the petition referenced above) is still needed, an encouraging report from Act350.org, the organization leading the charge on this important campaign, shows that the tide is turning. Here are a few highlights from the e-update sent on August 31st:

  • This week has seen the biggest days yet of the “Tar Sands Action” civil disobedience campaign in DC: over 140 people (including Dr. James Hansen of NASA and over 15 faith leaders) welcomed President Obama back from his vacation by sitting in front of the White House, and a number of demonstrators have either been arrested in DC, or are participating in a sit-in.
  • Keystone XL is getting a ton of media coverage: in the last few days the issue has been featured in front page articles on The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and great coverage from CNN, NBC, AP, Reuters, and more.
  • Along with our partners, we’ve collected hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition that we’ll be delivering on September 3rd.
  • Yesterday, a reporter asked Obama’s press secretary what the President thinks about the protests. The Press Secretary’s answer: “I haven’t talked to him about it.” It’s a good sign that the question was asked at all, but we’ll clearly need to get louder to really get through to President Obama.

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For Raina Brett Russo, taking care of the environment is a necessity, not an option. Having grown up in Israel, a place where conservation is required and solar hot water heating is the norm, Raina knows the importance of solar energy. Through her work with the EcoOutfitters.net team, Raina found a way to help grow the solar industry in a significant way. As the founder and host of #SolarChat, a bi-monthly "gathering" on Twitter, Raina and her team have created an engaged solar think-tank community that comes together regularly for collaboration and networking with the ultimate goal in mind of spreading the solar message.

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