Land defenders, Occupy and Activists

I started this blog in 2008. Back then it was not as cool as it is now to be an activist.the protester TIME magazine

A few years later the cover of Time magazine’s person of the year in 2011 was The Protester. The civil war in Syria was just under way, the Arab Spring was in full bloom and the Occupy movement was taking hold. Idle no more followed in 2012. Where has all this activism taken us? Have we made any progress? I guess it depends on who you ask and what progress looks like.

The Keystone XL pipeline has been rejected by the United States. Drilling in the Arctic has been halted, the major pipelines proposed on the Canadian west  coast are under extreme scrutiny, super tankers have been banned off the coast of British Columbia, but we still have a long way to go. Even the national energy board has been questioned as to its validity.

The economic down turn in the past five years has resulted in the drop in oil prices along with the global realization that fossil fuels are on the way out. We saw governments choosing other destructive forms of fuel to pursue; the British Columbia government joined in the mad rush for fracked shale gas.  Maybe not the best idea since we live in the some of the most volatile and seismically active areas in the world. We now know that Fracking = Earthquakes!

To realize this unsustainable and dangerous dream the provincial government has illegally started construction on the Site C Dam.  Sold to the public as a “clean energy project” the destructive Site C dam would flood 107 km of the Peace River valley. This land is the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of Treaty 8 First Nation. Activists including B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and environmentalist David Suzuki have been in the news this week to bring attention to Rocky Mountain Camp that is set up there currently defending the rightful “ownership” of this sacred land.

Each of the above movements have something in common; they have  inspired people and taken them  from their comfort zones and into a state of activism.

We are now all called to defend the land; to defend the rights of the first nations people, of the 99%, of the underdog and everyday guy who will, and whose children will pay the price for the corporate greed that rules the day.

We are each responsible for taking action now, we are alive and awake right now for a reason. The reason, as I see it, is for us to come together to stop the madness and help choose a new way forward. More  people will continue to demand answers, we will not be quiet any longer and we need to use all our resources to stand together and hold the governments accountable for their actions.

We must protest, write letters, join committees and groups and never give up! It is time to defend the land for the future, for the rights to clean air, water and land, for the indigenous people to be respected and for all of us to learn how to really care for this earth before we destroy the amazing gift we have been given.

New West Film Fest 2015!

  November 5th – 7th at the Landmark Cinemas

at The New Westminster Skytrain Station

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 New West Film Fest Website

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Today is the day we Decide

Fracking explained

Great Graphic _ 9 Easy Ways to Use Less Plastic

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Do the Math- the movie

Bill McKibben  is the founder of  350.org .

In this short film he makes it very clear what has to happen; people need to “do the math” and make changes!

Food Waste and How it is recycled

Here is a great  video about Food Waste and two options for recycling it.

Food Waste – how it is recycled from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

 

Do You Believe we have a Right to a Healthy Environment?


EcoJustice, is a charitable organizations working to  protect Canadian rights to a healthy environment. Over 100 countries world wide have already recognized their citizens rights, Canada should be next.

 

 

Earth Day 2014

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

– Native American Proverb