Call out Liberty Mutual! – Part 1
Full post and instructions for calling large oil companies and others, like Liberty Mutual, who who enable them to destroy this refuge in the Arctic. Join the coalition “Defend the Sacred: Protect the Arctic” (Defend the Sacred AK, Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic, Gwich’in Steering Committee, and Native Movement) in calling one One corporation each day this week – Call and email them, tweet and tag them – tell them “hands off” our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! We created the original post as a type of advent calendar, but IF YOU MISSED THOSE CALENDAR DAYS, NO WORRIES! PICK A DAY AND START.
Contact: Liberty Mutual – use this graphic! Contact: @LibertyMutual. CEO: David.Long@LibertyMutual.com, Phone: (907) 276-1215. Oil drilling is an expensive business and corporation need access to both financing and insurance. While many banks have committed to not funding Arctic oil and gas, very few insurers have done so. Liberty Mutual is by far the largest insurer of Oil and Gas projects. Today we are teaming up with the folks at @StoptheMoneyPipeline to target Liberty Mutual and tell them “hands off” this American treasure.
Call out Liberty Mutual! – Part 2 – Join the Calendar Jam
(intercept – good article, read the whole thing) The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), which represents American Indians and Alaskan Natives, passed a historic resolution last month demanding that “private insurance companies to end their underwriting of the expansion of tar sands oil, Arctic oil and gas, and LNG export terminals.” The resolution asks insurance companies to adopt policies on “free, prior, and informed consent,” a principle enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This requires that any corporation, bank, or agency intending to engage in a project that impacts Indigenous lands and treaty lands must get consent from that community. Although federal law requires its agents to respect the self-governance of Indigenous nations, the Gwich’in state that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not engage in any form of “meaningful consent” prior to preparing leases for drilling in the ANWR, right in the middle of the calving area of the caribou herd necessary for their livelihood. If the BLM somehow misunderstood, here, let them clarify.
NO. NOBODY HAS PERMISSION TO DRILL!
The Gwich’in Steering Committee has written a letter asking 22 insurance companies stand with the Gwich’in Nation by not enabling any oil and gas development in the Arctic Refuge. They met with insurer Swiss Re, which subsequently committed to following their resolution. However, Liberty, headed by CEO David Long, had previously refused to meet with indigenous leaders impacted by the Keystone XL pipeline project, for which Liberty is providing a $15.6 million surety bond. After protests outside Liberty’s Boston headquarters failed to effect a response, another letter was submitted to global financiers backing the tar sands fossil fuel projects. The pipeline’s largest insurer, Zurich, dropped the project in July 2020, shortly after Talanx had dropped the pipeline. But still no notice from Liberty Mutual. Hmmmm….How can we get their attention?
Join the Calendar Jam (from “Stop the Money Pipeline)
- Open your calendar app, such as Gmail or Outlook. We’re going to be sending calendar invites to CEO David Long, Chief Investment Officer Neeti Bhalla, and Chief Sustainability Officer Francis Hyatt.
- Pick a time in your calendar between December 18th and December 23rd. Title your meeting something like: “Respect Indigenous rights” or “Don’t Support Arctic Oil Exploration” or “Stop Insuring Tar Sands Expansion”
- Copy all of the following email addresses and paste them into the invite field of your event.
- Make sure to click “send invitations” so the executives get an email notification as well.
- Rinse and repeat. Hot tip: multiple invitations are more effective than long events. Liberty Mutual executives will have to decline each and every invitation, making it literally impossible to ignore our calendar invitations.
If you are new to calendar invitations, check out more detailed instructions on how to use Google Calendar and Outlook. If you use another calendar, google for instructions. Thank you to Stop Adani for the inspiration!