A coalition of local social and environmental justice activists are putting their feet into action to demonstrate their concern about the proposed Energy East pipeline conversion. Energy East would see diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands pumped through Northwestern Ontario, putting land, waterways, and the climate at risk.
On Friday Feb. 21st and Saturday Feb. 22nd, they, with supporters and interested members of the public, will be literally “walking the line”, snowshoeing a 20 km portion of the existing TransCanada gas pipeline between Black Sturgeon Road and Hwy 585, on the traditional territory of the Red Rock First Nation, camping overnight at the midway point.
Participants include members of the Anishnaabe Nation, CUSP (Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet), members of the local chapter of the Council of Canadians, Lakehead University students, and members of the public.
The walk begins at 10:00 am on Friday the 21st and will end with a celebration at the Lake Helen First Nation Community Hall on Saturday the 22nd starting at 4 pm. The walk will provide an opportunity for discussion about renewable vs fossil fuel energy, Treaty Rights, environmental protection and the depth of the climate crisis we face, and how the broader public can make their voices heard if they are concerned about their children or grandchildren's future, their pensions, or their jobs – all of which may disappear if we don't address climate change.
Everyone is welcome to participate in all or part of this walk, with their own food, gear, and at their own risk. Parts of the walk will be filmed.