Justin Trudeau has just approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline. The decision means we are helping the world experience a 2 degree temperature increase - at least. It officially marks Canada's failure to implement its Paris climate commitments, seals a death sentence for our last pod of Southern Resident killer whales, and sets our prime minister firmly at odds with Indigenous Peoples, communities, environmental groups and municipalities.
For all of you who have joined us in standing against this pipeline, from the NEB hearings, to the Ministerial consultations, in your MP's offices and in rallies in the streets... we want you to know that this is not the end. The fight to protect the climate has entered a new phase. We're going to keep fighting this fight - in the courts, in the streets, and at the provincial ballot box, and you can start by standing with us today:
1. IN THE STREETS: Pledge to keep fighting, by signing the "Coast Protectors Pledge" in Solidarity with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
2. IN THE COURTS: Donate to the Tsleil Waututh First Nation's Legal Challenges to Kinder Morgan
3. AT THE BALLOT BOX: Volunteer with Force of Nature as we gear up to launch our 2017 provincial election campaign.
At the same time as approving Kinder Morgan, Trudeau also rejected the Enbridge pipeline, but approved another project called Line 3. Fighting Enbridge was my first campaign as a volunteer activist, and though I've waited five long years to hear the Prime Minster final do the right thing for the First Nations and the communities of Northern BC who did not give permission for this pipeline, I never imagined that the rejection of Enbridge would come on the heels of the heartbreaking approval two more major pipeline projects. But we've stopped one project, and together, we will stand in the way of the others and do our utmost to make sure they never get built.
So in addition to taking any of the above actions today, we invite you to pledge your ongoing support for this campaign, by signing the "Coast Protectors Pledge" in Solidarity with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs:
"With our voice, in the courts or the streets, on the water or the land. Whatever it takes, we will stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion."