Rising Tide is a grassroots international network of groups and individuals who take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change and to promote local, community-based solutions to the climate crisis.
Matt Finer and Margot Bass QUITO, Ecuador, September 23, 2004 (ENS)
Environment News Service
Controversy is raging over oil development activities slated for Ecuador's largest national park - Yasuni National Park, which protects one of the world?s most megadiverse regions. Jaguars, harpy eagles, caimans and 13 primate species live in this lowland rainforest, the ecological treasure of the western Amazon basin.
Last month, Ecuador?s Environment Ministry granted the Brazilian national oil company Petrobras a long-awaited license to begin pumping oil out of the park in northern Ecuador.
As part of the many grassroots events sprouting up all around the European Social Forum in London, London Rising Tide today (dis)organised a very public exposure of some of the forces that are sending our planet tumbling into climate chaos.
London Rising Tide's critical mass theme was London in 2050 when sea levels may be a tad higher than at present.
Aimed at highlighting how big business and government are ignoring the massive threat of climate chaos and rising sea levels caused by the continued burning of fossil fuels in their frenzied "business as usual". Many costumes of a distinctly nautical flavour. The samba band was also out in force. Completely over the top police presence, Forward stupidity Team photographers
In a chilling case of censorship, the FBI, acting on a request from Italian and Swiss authorities, ordered two servers confiscated from Rackspace in London last Thursday morning effectively removing 20 Indymedia sites and some others from the internet.
Indymedia is regularly used by UK climate change activists to post events, reports and photos from actions that are ignored by the mainstream media.
An Activist’s Diary of ‘Greenwash or Us’, London Rising Tide’s inaugural ‘Exhibition of Resistance’ to BP’s hijacking of the arts
For the past 12 months, direct action group London Rising Tide has been planning an inaugural ‘exhibition of resistance to Big Oil and the corporate sponsorship of the arts’, specifically targeting oil giant BP and its sponsorship of the annual National Portrait Award.
The writing on the wall is simple: We need to start dismantling the oil economy now. Although this sounds radical, unachievable and unrealistic, it’s something which we could and should have started years ago...
This new article by Jo Hamilton draws the links between ending the slave trade, and ending the oil economy.
Media Release Carbon Trade Watch, TNI, 19 April 2004
Today, over fifty environmental and social justice NGOs and other groups sent a letter of protest to the World Bank calling for the closure of its new emissions trading fund, The Prototype Carbon Fund.
Today, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, activists in both London and Norwich dressed up as Santas Against Excessive Consumption and hit the high streets to sing a different tune to the usual buy, buy, buy madness of the holiday season.
In Norwich, bearing a festive banner reading Lapland is Melting and singing subverted Christmas carols (Welcome to Consumer Wonderland, Oh Little Town of Chapelfield, etc.), the Santas set up outside the temple to consumption that is Chapelfield Mall.
There's more to fighting climate chaos - and more to Rising Tide - than confronting climate criminals!