Idle No More........A Summer of Activism?

C.D. MooreStarred Page By C.D. Moore, 15th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/39rals24/
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The federal government of Canada supports the building of a pipeline 4,500 km long which would carry bitumen from the Tar Sands in Alberta through 5 provinces to new Brunswick to be exported overseas. The contribution to green house gases and the potential for spills will be enormous.

Resistance to the Proposed Pipeline

This summer promises to be a hot one if recent protests against the Trans Canada Eastern Pipeline by the indigenous environmental protection group idle No More are any indication.

Indigenous people from across Canada are meeting to discuss how to protect land and water from the 4,500 km pipeline that Trans Canada plans to build from the Alberta Tar Sands across 5 provinces including major cities and 150 indigenous communities. They also plan to incorporate much of an aging pipeline which is not structurally sound enough to carry bitumen, the dirtiest form of oil on earth. the potential for environmental disaster is enormous.

The Elsipogtog People

Prime Minister Stephen Harper supports the development of the pipeline, but the government of Ontario has not decided and has called for consultations across the province, By law,governments in Canada are required to consult with first nations people
before any development is done on their land. Consequently, this is an opportune time for the public to appear at these hearings to give their opinions. Unfortunately, if you are not indigenous and the pipeline does not directly affect your property you are unqualified to comment.
Last year in New Brunswick, after months on a barricade , the Elsipogtog stopped an oil company from fracking in their territory. See article here

Mi'kmaq Women Shut Down Meeting

On March 31st a protest was held outside a hotel where the minister of energy for New Brunswick intended to speak to industry officials on gas and oil projects planned for the province.

One woman interrupted her speech by beating her drum and singing. When the minister forcibly tried to take her drum supporters from outside entered. One was arrested.

The group was protesting their exclusion from the meeting , as indigenous peoples are, by law, supposed to be informed and consulted about developments on their land.

The United Nations Third Climate Change Report

Scientists investigating the implications of climate change for the UN have recently reported that if green house gases are not drastically reduced within the next 10 to 15 years the overall temperature of the planet will increase by 4 degrees Celsius instead of the hoped for projection of 2 degrees. This will make it very costly if not impossible for developed countries to adapt, but underdeveloped countries will pay the biggest price.According to the UN scientists, if we act now , we can avert the worst consequences. It would not be that costly. We have the knowledge . What is lacking is the political will. But if the Elispotog can stand against the corporations,all of us together have a chance.

For a calendar and map of upcoming events click here.



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More articles on Idle no More:
The Idle No More Movement
Idle No More and the Rise of the Divine Feminine
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I write about spirituality, health, psychology, and ecology. Usually in poetic form (my 1st love) but now I'm venturing into the world of
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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Apr 2014 (#)

Great article C.D. Keep making your clarion calls for justice. Great that you are getting the word out there.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
15th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for the encouragement Steve. You too I don't know how you do it day after day. Only once in a while for me.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Wonderful piece and eye catching story!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern, my friend.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Apr 2014 (#)

wonderful C.D. this which you write and share with us...and how terrible the things these people are doing in againstness to humanity, and the earth... am sharing on Linkedin and Twitter...

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you so much for your support cn and for spreading the word.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you C D Moore for highlighting the callous actions overlooking the dangers inherent and apparent. Renewable and clean energy like solar and wind are becoming less costly by the day. We should go hammer and tong for them so that oil and gas need not be transported across the globe polluting our seas too. But few are blinded by selfish pursuits and greed. The silent majority should rise against them - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Well said, Siva. I think, as you say, standing together is our only hope.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Voices should not be drowned out by money. Everyone should be included. Thanks for shedding light on this.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
17th Apr 2014 (#)

You are right Phyl, Thanks.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
18th Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, C.D., I will echo others and sharing this to my followers. We all have to know in order to do something about situations. Thank you for alerting us. ~Marilyn

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author avatar C.D. Moore
21st Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing,Marilyn. I appreciate your help in getting the word out.

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for getting the word out. The present Canadian government is a disaster. Hopefully we can stop this pipeline.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Kingwell. I agree, this government is a disaster. I heard on the news this morning they took humpback whales off the endangered list,probably so their protection won't interfere with the planned increase of tanker traffic on the west coast.

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