B.C. Premier Christy Clark is talking about putting a price on the west coast. The view is that for enough money we should ignore the voices of over 100 First Nations and put communities throughout B.C. and our environment at risk to the on-going threats tar sands tankers and pipelines would pose.
Prime Minister Harper has 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 Canadians who care about environmental values. By pushing these tar sands pipeline projects Prime Minister Harper is pushing us further into a growing climate crisis. Together we must tell the B.C. and Federal government that the protection of the west coast is not up for discussion and Canada’s coast is not for sale!
Last year, thousands of people risked arrest in Washington D.C. to stand up against the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Here in Canada, hundreds more took action in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Now it’s time to speak for the coast.
This October, we are asking you to come to Victoria to participate in the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen.
Be a part of protecting the beautiful West Coast and steering the Canadian economy away from the toxic tar sands industry. Together we will forge the future we all want and need to live in.
If a record number of us participate in this historic act of peaceful civil disobedience we can make a difference.
- What do you want?
We want the B.C. and Federal government to listen to the majority of people in B.C., growing numbers across Canada, dozens of municipalities, and the over 100 First Nations who all say no to tar sands tankers and pipelines on Canada’s west coast. We also want the Federal government to respect First Nations people’s internationally enshrined right to free, prior, and informed consent.
- Why civil disobedience?
The number of people speaking out against the threats of tar sands tankers and pipelines is growing. First Nations, individuals, environmental and community groups have signed letters, written petitions, lobbied politicians, held educational events, and organized rallies and protests.Despite the escalating public pressure, Prime Minister Harper has proceeded to gut the Fisheries Act, re-write Canada’s environmental legislation and try to silence the voices of opposition. British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark has also ignored the mounting voices and instead, publicly stated she would consider allowing the Northern Gateway Pipeline for the right price.These disappointing responses from our elected leaders continue as our world plunges deeper into a global climate crisis.
Throughout history, from the suffragette movement to Clayoquot sound, to the mass mobilization against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Washington D.C., the use of peaceful civil disobedience has been the great counterbalance to environmental and social justice attacks.
We are living in a tipping point moment: the moment in history when we have the capacity, responsibility and opportunity to re-envision the world. It is now time for us to respond in a way that shows the urgency of the situation and clearly states that the health of our coast and the stability of our climate are not for sale at any price.
- When is it?
The action will take place on October 22nd. Anyone who wants to participate in the day of action is required to attend a one-day training session in Victoria on October 21st, 2012.