HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD A CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals People Submit A Site Find A Charity
Stop the construction of the Dakota access pipeline

Action: Stop Pollution

May 18, 2016   Action Alert ID# 375

 

The following is a letter from Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer, a 13 year old member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which is based in Fort Yates, North Dakota:

Iím 13 years old and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Iíve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates, North Dakota, and my great-grandparentsí original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation.

But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation. If we donít stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks.

Today Iím asking for your help to stop this destructive pipeline.

Oil pipelines break, spill and leakóitís not a question of if, itís a question of where and when. But the Army Corps never took a hard look at the impacts of an oil spill on my Tribe, as the law requires.

Earthjustice is standing with us to oppose this pipeline. Will you join us?

My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great-grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the heart of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux.

In Dakota/Lakota we say ďmni Wiconi.Ē Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth.

The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but weíve learned that thatís a lie: In 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota.

With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because it doesnít care about our health and safety. The industry seems to think our lives are more expendable than othersí.

So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great-grandparents, and for Mother Earth.

Join us and Earthjustice to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all.

May 18, 2016   Action Alert ID# 375

 

Add Your Voice To This Cause In A Matter Of Minutes >>

Related Stop Pollution Alerts

04-06-17

Sign Now Get toxic lead out of Illinois state parks

03-30-17

Sign Now Tell the EPA to regulate factory farms

Active

Sign Now Stop Trump's plan to frack California's public lands

Active

Sign Now Get toxic lead out of deer shot in Minnesota

Active

Sign Now Protect Appalachia from mountaintop removal

Active

Sign Now Keep California's rivers clean and clear of mining

Active

Sign Now Tell the EPA to ban a toxic pesticide lurking in our food

Active

Sign Now Protect Alameda County's water from toxic oil waste

Active

Sign Now Protect those living in the shadow of oil refineries

Active

Sign Now Oregon: Say no to a massive new factory farm

Active

Sign Now Protect our kids and families from toxic chemicals
View All Action Alerts And News For Stop Pollution >>
<< Return To Action Center

Action Alerts

Climate change taking big bite out of alpine glaciers

Action: Climate Change

"It's almost time to say farewell to our glaciers," Austrian mountain farmer Siggi Ellmauer said, looking at the craggy summi ...

IFAW: Africa's protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

Action: Wildlife Conservation

A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants ther ...

Status of forests is 'dire' as world marks 2017 Earth Day

Action: Stop Deforestation

They cover a third of the worldís landmass, help to regulate the atmosphere, and offer shelter, sustenance and survival to mi ...

100,000 acres of public land in Colorado at risk from fracking, groups file administrative protest

Action: Stop Pollution

Conservation groups have filed Tuesday an administrative protest challenging a federal decision to offer for leasing in June ...

Plastic pollution builds up in Arctic waters: study

Action: Save Our Oceans

Even though few people live in the Artic, some seas in the region are heavily polluted with plastic because of an Atlantic oc ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.