No Enbridge Pipeline Rally - Science World, Vancouver B.C.
This weekend, I attended ForestEthics' Defend our Climate rally at Science World in Vancouver, to protest the crude oil pipeline proposed by Enbridge Inc. This pipeline is not only set to be built on stolen Native land but also threatens the future of our environment through our continued dependence on oil and destruction of our environment through our attempts to obtain more oil.
Kinder Morgan and Enbridge's Northern Gateway want to construct pipelines from Alberta (a province which is known for large quantities of crude oil) through Northern B.C. to the West Coast, which will then greatly increase the number of oil tankers travelling through the Pacific Ocean. There is also plans for a pipeline on the East Coast of Canada by this same company.
Not only will the natural habitat of thousands of species of animals (both land and marine) become threatened by the development, but the construction of the pipeline, and the continued maintenance of the notoriously leaky pipes, cause continued and long-lasting harm to our environment.
I see many problems with this proposition, but I want to highlight my two least favourite, as mentioned at the beginning of this post. First of all, undertaking this massive project to build an oil pipeline means that Canada, especially B.C. and Alberta in this case, will continue to be dependent on the use of oil for energy. The fact that Enbridge knows, that the government knows, that we all know that oil is not a renewable resource means that we will eventually run out of it, and then what are we going to do for energy? It's not a secret. Hey, Stephen Harper, we are eventually going to run out of oil. And I take it no one knows the answer to that question if we continue to support the use of non-renewable resources for energy.
A second huge problem I see in this strategy is: what about the planet? What are we going to do when there are big holes in the ecosystem where animal species we killed off with oil and pollution, when there are no more trees to help cycle oxygen and carbon dioxide because we killed them all, and what are we going to do when the Earth can no longer support our life on it?
I am opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline because I want to live until I'm 100 years old without having to breathe through a gas mask or live in a plastic bubble. I want my future children and grandchildren to be able to live for 100 years. I want to stop climate change and the destruction of the environment for this completely selfish corporate and Conservative government agenda. (Hey, Stephen Harper, did you realize there won't be any big business to support if the planet dies?) And I want Canada to wake up and start using all the wonderful renewable resources (wind, rain, flowing water, sun light etc.) that we have an abundance of, before it is too late.
If you'd like to get involved in the fight against Enbridge, go to the Defend our Climate website and sign the petition against the expansion of the pipeline, the tar sands and the use of dirty energy in general.