Friday, September 14, 2012

Action to Defend Canada's West Coast from Big Oil

A historic direct action will take place in Victoria, B.C. on October 22. When sending letters and signing petitions isn't enough we must say "enough is enough—not on our watch." People from the province of British Columbia will join others from across Canada to converge on the B.C. legislature to take peaceful, direct action to defend the West Coast.

Enbridge and Kinder Morgan are proposing new tar sands pipelines that would bring hundreds of supertankers to B.C.’s fragile coast. B.C. Premier Christy Clark has said she’d support supertanker projects as long as B.C. gets a payout to compensate for the risk of oil spills—in other words, she’s willing to sell out the coast to big oil.

Prime Minister Harper spent the last year silencing the voices of opposition by gutting environmental protection, cancelling more than 3,000 safety assessments of industrial projects, and attacking people in Canada who hold and voice environmental values. By pushing these tar sands pipeline projects, Prime Minister Harper is pushing us further into a growing climate crisis.

Just after the action in Victoria, an amazing youth conference will convene in Ottawa and Gatineau. Powershift 2012 is a youth-led conference geared toward tackling climate change head-on and uniting a generation of activists around climate justice. If you're a young person who’s interested in joining us on October 26-28th, or know someone who is, check out the Power Shift 2012 website and save the dates!

Together, we can show the B.C. and Federal governments that the west coast is not for sale. Join us in Victoria, share the action on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage your family and friends to sign up as well.

There comes a time when you need to take a stand, for Canada, that time is now.

Click here to defend our coast this October.

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