Canada's National Day of Action
Posted May 9, 2014
Photo Credit: Peter Blanchard
Here in the United States, we have been fed on a pretty regular diet of propaganda by the federal Canadian government and tar sands oil companies including pipeline companies like TransCanada. If you listened to them, you might assume that Canadians support increased development of tar sands, but this is woefully far from the truth. In fact, Canadians are increasingly concerned that more tar sands development will harm communities and prevent a clean energy future. Tomorrow, communities spanning from coast to coast will celebrate a national day of action. Thousands of people will gather at over 70 organized events under the banner: “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities.” They have a clear message: We’re at the beginning of a great transition to replace fossil fuels with clean energy and ensure a safe climate for all generations.
While the current Canadian federal Conservative government is pushing a strong tar sands agenda, there are thousands of Canadians across the country calling for a transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to help usher in a safer and more sustainable future. The Defend Our Climate site, outlining the campaign’s actions highlights three main issues that events are focusing on:
- A Pipeline near You: Six pipelines are proposed that will cross Canada and the United States, and will carry heavy and highly toxic bitumen oil. These pipelines will render communities unsafe, and will fuel more climate change.
- The Climate Math: It is important that people understand that we are already pushing against the worst case scenario for climate, and we don’t have much further to go to fall over the edge. Fossil fuel companies have budgeted development that will ensure our climate cannot recover.
- The Great Transition: Around the world money is being invested into new clean energy sources and technologies. From local levels to government levels, everyone can take part in a better energy future.
Canadian voices are echoing strongly the same fears that their US counterparts share: building tar sands pipelines that the oil industry is currently pushing, will be detrimental to thousands of communities across Canada and the United States and will lock the country into a dead end economy.
It is clear that citizens on the ground in Canada and those making the energy decisions are not on the same page. The current Canadian federal government and its tar sands industry should pay attention to what their constituents and their current and future consumers are saying: We don’t want more pipelines built; you are costing our current and future generations a healthy planet; help us transition our country toward cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy.
The national day of action is the perfect platform for Canadians to show their government they mean business. Hopefully the government is listening.
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