“Walk the Line” Pipeline Walk in the news
Activists walk the Enbridge pipeline route, call for transition to renewable energy, NWI Times, 10/1/17
Protesters ‘walk the line’ to show location of underground oil pipes in Northwest Indiana, Post-Tribune, 10/1/17
9/14/17: NWI Residents Walk the Tar Sands Pipeline
On September 30, 2017, environmental activists and community members will be walking the path of the Enbridge Line 6 tar sands pipeline as it passes through Northwest Indiana, near schools, homes, and nature preserves. The goal of the walk is to raise awareness about the existence of tar sands pipelines in NWI communities and support for a just transition to a renewable energy economy in Northwest Indiana.
The 10K walk will start at 8 a.m. and will lead walkers through from the Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve, which sits next to the Griffith Enbridge pipeline station, north through Highland and Hammond. The second leg of the route, to the BP tar sands facility in Whiting, will happen in the spring of 2018.
As part of the September 30th walk, activists are also asking Lake County mayors and town councils to honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement, by adopting a local climate action plan, something hundreds of mayors and city councils have already committed to do, including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, as well as the mayors of Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington.
The walk is sponsored by 350 Indiana-Calumet, Purdue University Northwest Environmental Club, Community Strategy Group of East Chicago, NWI Resistance, First Unitarian Church of Hobart Faith in Action Committee, and Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
For more information, visit WalktheLineNWI.com or contact John Halstead at 219-743-3195.
9/23/17: Gary Mayor to Speak at Pipeline Walk
Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson will be speaking at the Sept. 30th “Walk the Line” pipeline walk about her role as a Climate Mayor. Mayor Freeman-Wilson is one of the almost 400 U.S. mayors to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement goals for their cities and the only one in Northwest Indiana.
In December 2015, world leaders gathered in Paris and signed the first global commitment to keep warming to below 2℃ and to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. In June 2017, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement, making the U.S. only one of three countries in the world that does not support the Agreement. In the absence of leadership from Washington, others, including states, counties, and cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors—together representing a significant part of the U.S. economy—are stepping up, committing to ambitious goals to reduce emissions and working together to ensure that the U.S. remains a global climate leader. While there is no formal mechanism for sub-national entities to join the Paris Agreement, hundreds of mayors and city councils have already committed to honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals through tangible local-level action–including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, as well as the mayors of Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington, Indiana.
Citizens of Northwest Indiana are petitioning the other Mayors and Town Councils of Lake County to join other local leaders supporting the goals of the Paris Agreement by implementing local Climate Action Plans.