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Calling for the Shutdown of Line 5

MEA is working at the state and national levels to help policymakers and elected officials understand the urgent need to decommission aging fossil fuel infrastructure projects like Enbridge Line 5.

HELPING YOUTH LEADERS ADVOCATE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

Around the world, young people play an important role in advocating for solutions to the climate crisis. Here in Wisconsin, young people are becoming increasingly active in the movement to shut down Enbridge Line 5. MEA provides resources and support to organizations such as Dane County Youth Environmental Committee (DCYEC) and Action for the Climate Emergency. Together, we have created resources to help youth leaders make their voices heard at public hearings.

MEA Attorney Jorge Roman-Romero (shown here) helped DCYEC members prepare to testify at a Line 5 public hearing where they urged lawmakers to consider how climate change will affect young people and future generations.

DEFENDING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND RESPECT FOR TREATY RIGHTS

In a petition submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2023, a coalition of fifty-one Tribal and First Nations urged the Government of Canada to reconsider its decision to invoke a 1977 pipeline treaty in an attempt to block the decommissioning of Line 5. 

MEA co-signed a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and other Canadian officials supporting the Tribal coalition and objecting to Canada’s disregard for the inherent and sovereign rights of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

CALLING ON THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO PRIORITIZE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to review the likely environmental consequences of federal actions. During the Trump Administration, important parts of NEPA were gutted. The Biden Administration subsequently restored and strengthened NEPA by requiring government agencies to evaluate all environmental impacts­­­­—including climate impacts—of new projects, like pipelines, highways, and mines. 

MEA and partner organizations played an important role in advocating for these changes. We continue to urge federal officials to conduct a comprehensive environmental review of Line 5 under NEPA that is consistent with the administration’s stated priorities on climate and environmental justice. 

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