Photo by Rachel La
Day 3 of our ‘no pipelines, no tankers’ tour started with a run by the lovely Thompson River in Kamloops and a drive with BC-Yukon organizer Harjap Grewal and energy campaigner Maryam Adrangi over the breathtaking Coquihalla Pass. Beautiful British Columbia indeed!
Well over 300 enthusiastic Burnaby residents came out to the panel last night. Sundance Chief Rueben George welcomed us to his unceded territory and gave a horrifying description of the tar sands and a passionate plea for resistance. Caleb Behn, a young Dene leader and lawyer from North-eastern BC, had a power-point presentation of the massive fracking operations in his territory and the terrible damage they are doing to the land, water, wildlife and people. He is a brilliant young man and the subject of an upcoming film called ‘Fractured Land’ by Damien Gillis who also filmed last night’s panel. Bill McKibben brought down the house (as did we all – what an audience!) with his analysis of climate change and a message of hope in resistance.
A great, lively Q and A followed and we were surrounded by enthusiastic people ready for action. Really happy that APTN filmed the whole evening!
Another great day. These pipelines will never be built!
News 1130 ‘Crowd told to organize like never before against pipelines’, http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/415764–crowd-told-to-organize-like-never-before-against-pipelines