The National Energy Board is starting to accept applications for people to intervene in their review of Energy East — but they are still refusing to include a climate review. We want to flood the process with hundreds of applications to intervene in the review to raise the pressure on the NEB to evaluate Energy East’s massive climate impacts. Here’s how we’re going to do it:
- Organize community gatherings to file NEB applications on climate.
- File thousands of applications by recruiting community members.
- Organize so we’re ready to march on the Energy East hearings if they reject our applications.
Host or Attend a Peoples Intervention Gathering:
We want to help bring communities together to file applications en masse. A gathering can happen anywhere where you can bring together folks from your community to fill out and file applications. These events are also an opportunity to do collective education, plan local actions and build your group.
Once you’ve registered your event online we’ll help promote it to people in your area and provide resources to help.
Ideas for things you can do at your event:
- Host a film screening. You can show documentaries on climate change like Do the Math and Disruption for free and all you need is a screen and an internet connection!
- Host a speaking event or panel on the local, national and global impacts of Energy East.
- Host a Potluck or Community Dinner to bring people together to plan and discuss next steps over food.
- Organize an art build and invite local artists to help make some beautiful images of your opposition to Energy East.
- Throw a party (a dance party, a house party a dinner party or even a concert) and make the cost of admission filing a climate application on Energy East.
- This is also a great opportunity to bring out local media to cover the story about your community organizing and calling for a climate review of Energy East.
The NEB’s online application process has gotten more and more complicated with each pipeline that’s proposed, and so we’ve put a step by step guide to make the process as easy as possible.
Why we Should Apply to Intervene in the Process:
Stephen Harper has stacked the National Energy Board with oil executives and their political allies, people that will happily ignore climate change and community voices in order to rubber stamp Energy East. The rules of the game are stacked against us, but if hundreds of people apply to intervene in the Energy East process on climate, we will force the NEB to make their commitment to excluding climate science public.
We’ll probably be rejected by the thousands. If that happens, we’ll bring our demand for a climate review and real participation by communities directly to the doors of their hearings. We’ll march on the hearings and take action to ensure that the review process cannot go forward without considering climate change
Ask a friend, colleague or family member to file a climate application. Now that you’ve done it, help more people raise their voice and demand a climate review of Energy East.
Write a blog, letter to the editor or op-ed about why you think Energy East needs a climate review. We’ll compile excerpts from these and put up weekly updates on the 350.org blog highlighting the voices of people demanding a climate review of Energy East.
Lessons from the past
During the Civil Rights movement, while African Americans in the southern US were legally afforded the right to vote, local governments and institutions created racist policies that prevent them from registering to vote. Communities responded attempting to register in spite of the barriers, and people were denied by the thousands. They continued to organize and force those enforcing the racist registration policies to do so in public while the world watched. Organizers knew this would raise national awareness about the injustice preventing their communities from voting and these acts set the stage for action that eventually forced the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Read more…