Kootenay environmental activists who have been opposing the Enbridge pipeline proposal are holding a public rally at Nelson City Hall to support the major event in Victoria on Monday, October 22.
“The DefendOurCoast.ca Victoria event is going to be a major rallying point for opposition to bitumen pipelines,” says Keith Wiley from the Kootenay group. “Some of us are going to Victoria to join in, but for those who can’t go, we’re holding a rally here.”
Local events to support the Defend Our Coast action are being planned across BC for Wednesday, October 24. The Nelson rally will be at Noon at City Hall. There will be reports from the Victoria event, speakers on the issues and musicians.
“We’ll be back from Victoria and we want everyone to come and hear about the event and pick up on the growing energy of this movement to stop giant fossil fuel projects,” Wiley says. The action will be simple: we’ll link arms to symbolize the unprecedented wall of opposition across the province, and say “Defend our Coast” with banners and creative visuals.
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7 pm Thursday,
September 27, 2012
Self-Design High 410 Victoria St. Nelson
From July 16-26, four Kootenay citizens took a message of support to opponents of the Enbridge Pipeline in northern BC. The Kootenay to Kitimat Caravan visited 12 communities including three First Nations. They brought a message of support from Kootenay opponents of the pipeline.
The four Caravan participants –dubbed the geezer gang– made many strong connections and learned a great deal about the movement to block the construction of the dangerous pipeline. Now the “caravaners” are doing a “report back” with photos and video on what they learned and of the incredible people they met.
“We were each of us blown away by the reception our little Caravan got,” says organizer Keith Wiley. “We had tremendous support from the community and we got considerable news coverage. In the end, for four guys on a road trip, we had quite a bit of impact. We helped build the movement to keep the Enbridge pipeline from leaking tar sands bitumen in BC.”
In each of the communities, the Caravan held a rally and presented local representatives a copy of the Kootenay to Kitimat Proclamation with over 500 signatures from the Kootenays, Kelowna and even Kamloops.
The Caravan “report back” meeting will be at 7 pm, Thursday, September 27th at Self-Design High, in the Legion Building at 410 Victoria Street in Nelson.