Join 350 Wisconsin in caroling for the climate at Hilldale Mall on Saturday Dec 16. Come sing familiar songs with new lyrics. We will aim for an upbeat tone, encouraging shoppers to join us in acting “Together for the Climate.” Don’t miss our finale, caroling at Chase Bank as part of our ongoing campaign to stop the bank from funding pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure.
WHAT: Caroling for the Climate
WHEN: Meet at 11:30 am, Saturday, December 16
WHERE: Hilldale Mall, 726 N. Midvale Blvd. (meet inside Metcalfe’s Market, the southeast corner near the stairs to the lower level of the mall)
Please sign up here, and we will send you an advance copy of the lyrics (once we finish them). Practice on your own, or join us for an optional rehearsal on Wednesday December 13, at 7:00 pm at the home of Russ Bennett on Bram Street (we will email you the address).
Don’t like to sing? We also need people to hand out candy canes and hold banners. Just let us know when you sign up.
To add to the festivities, we hope you will wear red or green hats or scarves, if you own them. (We’ll have a few Santa hats on hand.)
Join your friends in the 350 Wisconsin Art Collective and Divest and Defund Team as we sing carols for the climate. Contact Divest.Defund@350Wisconsin.org with any questions.
Line 5 Update — Take Action!
U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled on June 16, 2023, that Enbridge must shut down its Line 5 pipeline within three years and pay more than $5 million in profits to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for “conscious and willful trespass” on the Band’s land. Conley ruled that “the current threat of rupture is still not so imminent that an immediate shutdown of the pipeline is necessary,” but that the erosion caused by this spring’s flooding makes a Line 5 rupture “sufficiently close to occurring” Enbridge must take new actions.
Specifically, Judge Conley found that:
- “The nature of the potential harm—catastrophic environmental damage to the Bad River and Lake Superior watersheds—is a significant factor. If a large oil spill occurred, it would be impossible to undo the damage with remediation efforts, an injunction or monetary penalties.”
- The Bad River can be unpredictable, despite Enbridge’s arguments to the contrary.
- The pipeline could be exposed in a single, significant flooding event, creating the potential for a rupture that would pollute the watershed.
- Enbridge’s current monitoring and shutdown protocol is not sufficiently conservative.
Enbridge says it plans to appeal the decision. Judge Conley stated in his ruling:
“The court will give Enbridge an additional three years to complete a reroute. If Enbridge fails to do so, the three years will at least give the public and other affected market players time to adjust to a permanent closure of Line 5. It will also give Enbridge sufficient time to appeal this court’s injunctive order or make new law. At the expiration of three years from the date of this order, therefore, Enbridge must have decommissioned Line 5 on the 12 affected parcels, as well as arranged removal of any sidelined pipe and remediation of area.”
The Bad River Band contends that recent erosion at the Bad River meander has put Line 5 at risk of an imminent, catastrophic rupture, requiring an immediate shutdown. Please take action to #ShutDownLine5 by writing or calling:
- White House: (202) 456-1111 | https://tinyurl.com/5n8vf476 | @POTUS @JoeBiden
- Gov. Tony Evers: (608) 266-1212 | https://tinyurl.com/4amnb8f7 | @GovEvers
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin: (202) 224-5653 | https://tinyurl.com/2e7h6uaf | @SenatorBaldwin
Then listen to this conversation with Communities United by Water’s Barbara With, Midwest Environmental Advocates’ Rob Lee, and Sierra Club Wisconsin’s Elizabeth Ward about the pipeline and efforts to shut it down.
Learn more about Line 5 here.
It’s 2023, and we’re looking to have a bigger impact than ever! To stay up to date on our actions, check this page often, subscribe to our monthly Climate Newsletter, and follow us on social media!