The Global Climate Convergence Chicago staged an Emergency Rally in Response to BP Oil Spill in Lake Michigan on Friday.
The group made the following statement (see media coverage below):
Monday afternoon, an estimated 500 gallons of oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, leaked into Lake Michigan, poisoning the source of drinking water for 7 million people in and around Chicago.
The BP Refinery on the lake’s shore has admitted responsibility, but has yet to take action to ensure the safety of our drinking water and ecosystem.
An emergency action has been called by the Global Climate Convergence (GCC) to demand that BP be held accountable.
The GCC, in conjunction with multiple environmental organizations, issues the following demands:
1. The EPA immediately begins testing our water to ensure that it is safe to drink, and publishes their findings.
2. BP is returned to the federal no contract list – which they were removed from only THIS month following their contamination of the Gulf Coast – so that public money does not fund their damage to the ecosystem.
3. BP may no longer divert resources from the public – eg the use of contracted police officers to prevent citizens from entering the land that has been contaminated- to shield themselves from warranted investigation.
4. The city of Chicago becomes a green-energy leader by shifting our energy sources to 100% renewables-based.
We believe that this is only the first of many oil spills to come, following the recently initiated processing of tar sands oil, unless we take a stand against such careless corporations.
CBS 2 News at 5:00 PM
ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 5:00 PM
NBC 5 Chicago News at 5:00 PM
Noticiero Telemundo Chicago
ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 6:00 PM
FOX Chicago News at Nine
NBC 5 Chicago News at 10:00 PM
Link to Univision Coverage:
~ The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements.
~ The Green Shadow Cabinet was a founding endorser of the Convergence.