Water is life (and the Feds agree!)
I was just making the final edits to today’s Monday Memo when I caught the news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that threatens the ancestral land rights and water source of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. As of yesterday, the tone of the protests was becoming increasingly more serious as thousands of veterans arrived from around the country to stand with the water protectors in the face of escalating violence from law enforcement. For now, the pipeline is halted while another Environmental Impact Statement can be completed.
This is great news and I’ve never been happier to have to rewrite a Monday Memo!
Now is the moment to celebrate with the Standing Rock Sioux community and praise them for their unwavering fight for the planet. The Sioux water protectors show us that peaceful direct action works and that on issues of environmental justice, we must remember to follow the lead of impacted communities.
While this is an incredible victory for the Standing Rock Sioux, it’s important to remember that the fight to reject DAPL is far from over and we have to be ever vigilant of the threat that this pipeline and any new fossil fuel projects pose to our health, planet, and future generations. There are still actions to take here in Indiana to reject the pipeline including removing your money from banks that are funding DAPL. To see which banks are funding the pipeline and some more ethical banking options in Indianapolis, click here.
Thanks for reading Monday Memos,
P.S. Please join us for our Earth Charter Indiana holiday party, Sunday, Dec. 11 at The Aristrocrat!