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August 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Olympic Climate Action (OCA) joins with the Sierra Club and the Native Connections group of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Port Townsend to host “Pull Together,” to educate the community about the hazards of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline in British Columbia.
August 23rd, 6 pm to 9 pm
Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center 401 E 1st Street Port Angeles, Wa 98363
The pipeline, which would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to port in British Columbia, could increase oil tanker traffic coming through the Strait of Juan de Fuca by 700%. Tar sands oil sinks rather than floats when spilled and would be virtually impossible to clean up. The noise and spill threat alone could devastate marine life, and the carbon released from burning this oil would compound the already dire consequences of climate change, which have brought this peninsula drought, burning rain forests and receding glaciers.
To fight this pipeline, a cross-border coalition of environmental, indigenous, and social-justice groups has formed under the name Pull Together. This name evokes the traditional canoes that generations of first peoples have used to transit the Salish Sea — the region that encompasses the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Georgia in Canada. Recognizing that the Salish Sea is a single ecosystem, groups on both sides of the border are recognizing their common interests in protecting this special place. Pull Together is raising funds for a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan based on indigenous rights to clean water, air, and land.
Keynote speaker will be Eric de Place, Policy Director with the Sightline Institute, the leading expert on fossil-fuel export proposals and the threats they pose to our region and the planet. Other speakers will address threats to indigenous rights and sovereignty, and the movements that individuals can join to protect the local community and counter the interventions of the oil, gas, and coal industry. There will also be a showing of the official “Pull Together” video, and a special performance by NOOP.
The event will feature entertainment, Indian tacos, and door prizes.