Street canvassing blitz one week before “critical No Enbridge rally”
by ForestEthics AdvocacyVANCOUVER - Concerned Canadians are hitting the streets, one week before a mass rally against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. ForestEthics Advocacy will be holding a canvassing blitz outside Science World on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 1:30pm, to spread the word about a planned rally Nov. 16 at the same location.
"With the recent ‘agreement’ with Alberta announced by BC Premier Christy Clark it's more important than ever that we send a clear message to all those concerned that we will not let this pipeline be built. We won't accept a flip flop on this issue,” said Ben West, Tar Sands Campaign Director for ForestEthics Advocacy, one of the organizers of the Nov. 16 rally, which is part of a cross-Canada day of action with dozens of rallies planned.
“This is likely to be the largest rally yet against the Enbridge pipeline,” said West. “This is an all hands on deck moment, a critical turning point with massive implications for our province, our country and our planet."
The street canvassing will include youth and students who are actively involved in the campaigns against tar sands export pipelines through BC. “It’s our future we’re talking about. We don’t want to inherit an economy dependent on dirty energy,” said Sam Harrison, a high school student who will be speaking at the rally Nov. 16.
West, Harrison and a team of volunteers will be on hand to comment Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30pm. To draw attention to the rally, volunteers will have signs that look like killer whales with the hashtag #NoEnbridge to send the message that saying ‘No’ to Enbridge is "as black and white as the orcas Enbridge threatens."
There will also be photo ops as part of a viral campaign being launched this weekend where passersby can pose with a sign that says "another _______ against Enbridge" which they can fill in with their identifying characteristics.
"We are borrowing some cool ideas from the Keystone XL campaign and using Twitter and Facebook to organize," said West.
Activists opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline brought signs to the White House with similar messages. "I loved those signs that said another grandmother against Keystone XL, it's so powerful to see such a broad social movement represented. We will never have as much money as these big oil companies, but we do have passionate people who won't give up until we win."
For Immediate Release - Saturday, November 9, 2013
For more information contact: Ben West, Tar Sands Campaign Director, ForestEthics Advocacy