Stop Tar Sands

“Essentially game over” for the climate — that’s how NASA scientist James Hansen described the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have funneled highly toxic tar sands oil from indigenous lands in Canada all the way to Texas.

After years of organizing and keeping the pressure on, President Obama finally rejected the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015. But the fight against dirty tar sands is far from over.

Young people across the country are organizing to stop other tar sands infrastructure across the country, like Enbridge's proposed Alberta Clipper pipeline — which would carry as much oil as Keystone XL.

With bold actions, petitions and local organizing, we're building a movement to stop tar sands at the source—and keep all fossil fuels in the ground.

Recent Posts

President Obama just rejected Keystone XL. Thank you.
Posted on November 6
Invigorating
Posted on August 25
I Remember the Kalamazoo
Posted on July 18
People Power Will Beat This Pipeline
Posted on September 8
My Story
Posted on June 26
Why It’s Time to Start Organizing Around Policy Solutions, And Why Youth Need to Lead the Fight
Posted on May 8

Featured Posts

Today, President Obama stood on our side of history and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Make no mistake: I'm grateful to the President, but this victory belongs to our movement. It belongs to you. That's why I want to say, to all of you: thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The fight against Keystone XL has been a test of faith. A test of faith in ourselves. A test of faith in whether we could turn things around and stop a climate catastrophe.

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There is a spirit of pipeline resistance spreading across our continent. Ranchers in Nebraska have united to protect their land from the Keystone XL pipeline, while college kids a thousand miles away pulled together XL Dissent, the largest act of youth civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement to defend their future. Texas Tar Sands Blockade fiercely resisted pipeline construction to the South and, currently, in British Columbia, First Nations communities have formed an unbroken wall of resistance to bitumen bound for the Pacific.

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Last weekend, over 1,000 youth leaders converged in DC for XL Dissent - the largest-ever youth sit-in for climate justice. 398 young people were arrested for taking a peaceful & principled stand at the White House, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. This action just didn't just make waves in DC - it also blew up in big ways on social media.

The Energy Action Coalition team was on-site and jumped in with friends at 350.org and SustainUS to take photos and sling memes - trying to spotlight the diversity of youth leaders who came from around the country (and as it turns out — the world.). Check out some of the deeply inspiring youth activists we met, who shared their stories with us at the pre-action training, as well as some of the inspiring speakers at the rally itself.

Most all of the memes are available on the XL Dissent Facebook Page - where stories of the youth resistance against KXL continues!

375 This meme captures one (of two) huge non-violent direct action trainings that happened the night before the action. This image mash-up totally popped on facebook and revved people up - with over 5,000 shares, and over a third of a million views. Photo and meme by Mary Schellentrager.

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