Solidarity Actions on Climate Justice – Stopping Pipelines and Dirty Banks

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EcoJustice RadioEcoJustice Radio features a Los Angeles action in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People that called for City National Bank to divest from the Coastal GasLink Pipeline now under construction on the West Coast of Canada.

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Jack Eidt, Divest from City National BankAction: City National Bank Should Defund Coastal GasLink Pipeline

EcoJustice Radio Executive Producer Jack Eidt shares speeches and discussions from multiple street actions on national and international climate, environmental, and social justice issues. The main action we feature is in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples fighting the Coastal GasLink Pipeline now under construction on the West Coast of Canada.

The Royal Bank of Canada is financially supporting a 416 mile gas pipeline through Indigenous Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia. They are also the parent company of City National Bank, 25% of whose business is connected to Hollywood celebrities and productions. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo are now taking action among many others, creating the No More Dirty Banks campaign in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia, as well as signing a letter to City National Bank and their parent company Royal Bank of Canada demanding that the banks cut financial ties with and stop funding the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline.

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We present a speech from Climate Scientist Peter Kalmus on building the movement for a stable climate.

We also share testimony from movie writer & director Adam McKay of the recent film Don’t Look Up and his calls for the Hollywood film and music industry to divest from City National Bank and their parent company, the Royal Bank of Canada, who are funding the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

We hear from Indigenous and Environmental Rights activist Lydia Ponce, a Mayo-Quechua Indigenous leader and social justice activist, member of AIM (American Indian Movement), and organizer with Society of Native Nations and SoCal 350.

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Solidarity Actions on Climate Justice - Stopping Pipelines and Dirty Banks - EcoJustice Radio

Other Speakers:
Jay Ponti – environmental/social justice organizer.

George Funmaker – Red Earth Defense

Keya Chaudhuri – Extinction Rebellion Youth LA and national coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth US.

Stephanie Mushrush – American Indian Counseling Center

Sim Bilal – Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles

Josiah Edwards – Sunrise Movement LA

Kevin J. Patel – Founder of OneUpAction

Shannon Rivers – Akimel O’otham (River People) Nation

We also feature excerpts of the documentary Your Voice, Our Future from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en on the similar struggle in 2011 against a different pipeline, the Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline by Enbridge, which was rejected by all the first Nations and eventually by the government of Canada.

Speakers include:
Klaseet – Violet Gellenbeck
Chief Madeek – Jeff Brown
Virginia deWit
Chief Na’moks – John Ridsdale – The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have maintained their use and occupancy of their lands and hereditary governance system for thousands of years. Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs are the Title Holders and maintain authority and jurisdiction to make decisions on the unceded Wet’suwet’en lands. Chief Na’moks, along with his fellow Hereditary Chiefs, have been standing up for their Yintah – their land, and for Wet’suwet’en sovereignty, his entire life.”
Karen Nyce – Haisla
Dzi Ggot – Ron Austin
Lloyd Spencer Morris Jr
David deWit
Dolores Alfred music
Martin Naziel
Caryssa Nikal
Wila’at – Susie Alfred
Chief Samooh – Herb Naziel
Chief Gisdaywa – Dr. Alfred Joseph
Mike Ridsdale

To hear all speakers listed, listen here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/67706478

More Info: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/coastal-gaslink-pipeline-divest-fossil-fuels-climate-1343046/

Host and Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Intro and Producer: Jessica Aldridge
Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
Created by: Mark and JP Morris
Episode 137
Photo credit: Jack Eidt

Updated 2 August 2022

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt