Tar sands oil production is one of the most destructive strip mining techniques on earth and results in deforestation, habitat loss, ground water contamination, pillaging of native lands, three times more carbon would be released into the atmosphere than is released by conventional oil.
In short, this spells a disaster in the making, drastically undermining our ability to moderate the effects of climate change. Time is short, and we need to urgently invest in sustainable sources of energy and to divest from fossil fuels that are being extracted in increasingly devastating ways.
If you are concerned about climate change then you need to be concerned about what choice the Obama administration makes at this key point in history with regards to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
A number of international climate experts recently surveyed agree that “Obama's decision would have climate impacts beyond the project's direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.”
Obama’s approval of Keystone would mean:
18-24 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually
An encouraging nod to oil companies
Trend setting to other countries to ignore perilous investment in fossil fuels
Obama’s rejection of the pipeline would tell the international community that the US may actually be serious about cutting emissions and could breathe new life into international climate negotiations.
Buddhists, and all Dharma, Mindfulness, Yoga & Fellow Practitioners of Awakening, let's join together to support a sustainable Earth for future generations.
We encourage you to join us:
Today: We invite you to sign this petition, along with leaders from our communities, and send it far and wide, to your communities, and even further afield.
Sept 21: We invite you to participate in the climate movement’s “Draw the Line” campaign opposing Keystone http://act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/create/
First Week in October: With your communities, we invite you to heighten the focus on care of the Earth. This can be through sharing forums, lobbying, educating, talking together, undertaking eco-awareness projects, fundraising to support activism. Let us join together and work towards a shift from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. http://www.oneearthsangha.org/articles/earth-care-week
PLEASE SEE PETITION LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA & SIGNATURES OF BUDDHIST LEADERS BELOW.
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