Stars Assemble for Avengers Level Threat

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Some of earth’s mightiest heroes (minus Kevin Bacon) have joined forces and penned an open letter to the Royal Bank of Canada, urging them to stop financing the Coastal GasLink, a 416 mile long pipeline that will run directly through the Wet’suwet’en territory in northwestern British Columbia. Though TC Energy, the pipeline company overseeing the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, claims that they have established “true partnership” with the indigenous communities, the petition says that TC Energy has failed to gain consent from local hereditary chiefs of the indigenous communities the pipeline will run through.

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The petition was organized by Indigenous Climate Action, an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country, and is signed MCU heavyweights by Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Taika Waititi, and Scarlett Johansson. Climate activists Leonardo DiCaprio and Jane Fonda also signed the petition, alongside many other actors, artists, athletes and musicians putting their name to the open letter that opposes the multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline project. Leonardo DiCaprio established The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places. In 2021, DiCaprio announced “… $11 million in new grants across our six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million.”.

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With real life heroes leading the change, citizens across Canada have followed as opposition to the Coastal GasLink project has led to rallies and rail blockades across British Columbia.

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 22: (L-R) President of Marvel Studios/Producer Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson attend the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

The petition reads as follows: 

We, the undersigned, demand that City National Bank’s parent company, Royal Bank of Canada:

Withdraw support from the Coastal GasLink pipeline, effective immediately.

Uphold, affirm and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples. It is critical that CNB and RBC not only “respect” the rights of Indigenous Peoples, but adhere to policies and practices that ensure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous peoples as defined in the United Nations Declaration of The Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) under Article 32.

Stop funding fossil fuel expansion. CNB and RBC must end the funding of extreme fossil fuel expansion projects, specifically fracking and tar sands. The Alberta tar sands are exacerbating the climate crisis and why Canada is unable to meet its international climate commitments as agreed to at COP 26.

City National Bank’s parent company Royal Bank of Canada is bankrolling the climate crisis and violating the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Though RBC claims to be a leader in climate-conscious banking, since acquiring CNB in 2015 RBC has spent more $160 billion to become one of the world’s largest and most aggressive financiers of tar sands, fossil fuel extraction, and transport. RBC is now the fifth largest funder of fossil fuels in the world.

Though publicly claiming to “respect the inherent right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination”, RBC is heavily invested in the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline now bulldozing through the pristine territory and waters of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples, without the consent of the Hereditary Chiefs.

The time to defund Coastal GasLink is now. RBC must withdraw from the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline now and stop financing fossil fuels.

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