Dan Glass traveled through Canada as part of the northern leg of the 2011 Aviation Justice Express tour. Here are his video dispatches from the field…
Calling all superglue addicts! Want to stop climate change? Want to hold politicians to account? Want to take the necessary action to stop pollution? Poverty? Inequality? Well join the superglue revolution!
Never underestimate its power for change. Watch this space for superglue trainings in your local town hall. Dan is available on request for superglue trainings at all climate action camps, social justice campaigns, weddings and bar mitzvahs.
The FBI, Secret Service and CIA tried and failed to stop the Aviation Justice Express. Due to the government’s over-the-top treatment, the tour proudly went on and their suppression backfired. But steely determination, commitment to free speech, witty resolve and a little bit of mask-making is all we need to organize across the world to bring the aviation industry back down to Earth.
Aviation expansion and tar sands have been two of the key climate campaign issues in recent years.
The untold story is that the tar sands and aviation industries are fuelling each other’s expansion. New bounties of fuel from the tar sands are propping up the expansion of aviation across the globe, while aviation is providing a valuable market for aviation and jet fuels refined from tar sands crude. As a result at least 15% of tar sands crude ends up in commercial jets and the revolving corporate door continues to spin between tar sands and the aviation industry execs. There are fuel pipelines to Vancouver, Denver and Chicago airports from Athabasca bitumen mining operations and the notorious keystone pipeline – all which must be challenged.
All too often, we reinvent the wheel by not connecting the dots between our movements and building off of one another’s momentum, tactics and shared opponents. All along the fossil fuel production line, from Indian mining activists, to Canadian tar sands campaigners and British anti-aviation organizers, we must see find ways to bring our efforts together and support each other to have a hope of tackling this global climatic catastrophe.
The UK, US and Canada, per capita are among the most flying nations in the world with some of the weakest train alternatives. Unnecessary airport expansions are bad for our health, biodiversity and long-term sustainability and the ability to support alternatives – nowhere is this more real than in Toronto City. Air pollution causes 1,700 deaths in Toronto and 6,000 hospital admissions yearly. With aviation being the fastest growing cause of global CO2 emissions, Aviation Justice Express are proud to launch our global network of grassroots campaigns to challenge this.
Brian Iler, of CommunityAIR campaign in Toronto, says,
“Superglue’s a useful tool in the array of climate campaign tactics. It’s been used to great effect in protests against some of the biggest polluters in the world, from the Royal Bank of Scotland to airports to UK Government departments. If superglue helps stick it to politicians who let us down, then bring on the superglue revolution!”
The Occupy Movement worldwide has been groundbreaking with nowhere more so that in it’s home continent North America. The well-crafted image of Canada as a sweet, caring and obedient nation has taken a much needed blow as no fewer than 20 Canadian cities have seen occupations. Its “We are the 99%” mantra casts a spotlight on global disparities in wealth and power between the ever-shrinking haves and widening have-nots. Occupy’s critique of today’s corporate buy out of democracy is especially redolent here in Canada, where the aviation industry and the fossil fuel industry at large, are the loudest voice in the Canadian government.