It’s no secret that water supplies all over the world are diminishing as a result of climate change and drought. While the forces of nature factor into concerns over water supply, this precious resource is also being threatened by the oil industry as they seek to gain immense profit by causing harm to the earth through fracking, drilling and laying of pipelines that could potentially poison drinking water for millions.
The dakota access pipeline that is being illegally laid across the sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota puts the water supply of 18 million people at risk and breaks treaties put in place to protect indigenous land, culture and the people who call these lands home.
The Sioux nation, along with many other tribes, are bravely and peaceful fighting to protect the water and their way of life only to be met with the assault of attack dogs, firing of mace-laced water cannons, shooting of rubber bullets at human beings, disbursement of tear gas into crowds of peaceful protestors and the launching of concussion grenades aimed at Water Protectors. In addition, militarized police have wrapped the perimeter of Turtle Island (the Standing Rock Sioux sacred burial grounds) with razor wire, preventing access of indigenous people to sanctified land which is rightfully theirs.
Time is running out. The Army Corps of Engineers, in anticipation of the arrival of 1,500+ US Vets on December 4th who are deploying to Standing Rock’s main camp to support and help protect the Water Protectors, have issued an “eviction notice” demanding that inhabitants leave their own land by December 5th. If they don’t, they will be forced to vacate or be arrested. The pipeline is now just hundreds of feet away from being connected so that 450,00 barrels of oil per day can be transported and refined before being sent off to China. The people who stand to benefit from the laying of this pipeline are very few (the very rich). The people who stand to lose the most, number in the millions.
The Standing Rock Sioux need our help. If the plight of our native brothers and sisters (which is the plight of us all) touches your heart, here are some simple, yet powerful actions you can take to support Standing Rock and help stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline:
1- The Tribal Elders of Standing Rock are calling on supporters to help de-fund the DAPL by closing accounts linked to the banks that are paying for the pipeline. By doing so, you’ll send a clear message to the banks: If you choose to continue funding the DAPL, your customers will choose another bank. Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Bank Of America, Citibank and HSBC are amongst the 17 institutions funding the destruction of sacred waters and land. A great alternative is to open an account with a credit union, which is what I’ve done. View a complete list of the 17 banks funding the pipeline.
2- Many basic supplies are needed at Oceti Sakowin Camp (Standing Rock’s HQ), especially now that temperatures have dropped dramatically and winter has arrived. Click here view the list and make a donation.
3- Donate to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund to help Water Protectors fight big oil and stop construction of the DAPL. Learn more here.
4- Sign Standing Rock’s petition demanding that Barrack Obama honor the treaties to protect the land and put an end to the construction of the pipeline once and for all.
5- Call and/or email the executives of the company that are building the pipeline and express your opposition:
– Lee Hanse: Executive Vice President, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Email: Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
– Glenn Emery: Vice President, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Email: Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
– Michael (Cliff) Waters: Lead Analyst, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Email: Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
6- Call the White House and the Army Corps of Engineers. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline @ (202) 456-1111. Demand that the Army Corps of Engineers reverse the permit @ (202) 761-5903
7- Contribute directly to the tribe to support their movement. Follow this link to learn more and make a donation.
8- Spread awareness using the power of social media to shed light on what’s happening at Standing Rock and what can be done to help. For the sake of time and convenience, feel free to head on over to my instagram feed where I’ve posted several calls to action that you can share by reposting. When posting, use the hashtags found on this blogpost to reach a broad audience.