April 22nd, 2012. Earth Day 2012 – No Pipelines, No Tankers! National Day of Action!

19 Mar
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Earth Day 2012 – No Pipelines, No Tankers!
Organize in your community for this National Day of Action
On April 22nd, Mother Earth Day, we will be organizing rallies as a public display of growing opposition to 3 major pipeline projects in BC.  These pipelines are Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal, the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, and the construction of Pacific Trails Pipeline by Apache, Encana & EOG Resources.
These three pipelines threaten to:
– Drive the unsustainable expansion in the tar sands and fracking for shale gas
– Undermine local communities right to say no
– Cross hundreds of salmon-bearing rivers and streams, the Great Bear Rainforest and mountainous and landslide-prone-land where spills could spell ecological disaster and affect livelihoods
– Increase tanker traffic and the risk of a spill in B.C.’s ecologically sensitive coastal waters 
What better way to spend Earth day, a day to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Mark April 22, 2012 on your calendars, start organizing to hit the streets, rally together and make some noise!
Let’s have our collective voices heard:
We stand against pipelines and tankers
We stand up to Big Oil and Gas
We stand with local & Indigenous communities
We stand up for future generations
Solidarity actions across Canada and beyond are welcomed.  Locations of actions happening across the country will be posted shortly.
Plan a rally: If you interested in helping plan a  rally in your community, please contact hgrewal@canadians.org
Endorse this call to action: If your organization or group would like to endorse this call to action, please contact aharden@canadians.org
The Harper Government suggests that the opposition to Enbridge’s proposal is either a small minority, foreign interests, or “some” First Nations. They are ignoring the Save the Fraser Declaration signed by over 100 indigenous communities, as well as opposition by the Union of BC Municipalities and most recently the Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers City Councils. There is also growing opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and Apache’s gas pipeline proposal.  In the spirit of the global Occupy Together movement, it is time for us to get off of our email and social networks, take a pause from writing letters and signing petitions, and make our opposition visible by collectively taking to the streets! Let’s show Harper and his corporate partners that the issue is not foreign-funded environmental groups. People are standing up to foreign investors, shareholders and CEOs that put profit ahead of the interests of local communities and the environment.
We hope to see you join us on April 22nd as we say together, to all levels of government, NO!

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