Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Freaking Out About the Northern Gateway Decision? Take a Deep Breath

Emma Gilchrist's pictureby Emma Gilchrist

Bishop Bay
Today the internet is full of noise about the Enbridge Northern Gateway decision by the feds.

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All the noise, ironically enough, makes me think about the silence of the Great Bear Rainforest — of the sea lion that popped up beside my row boat under the starriest sky I’ve ever seen while I sailed along the proposed oil tanker route three years ago.
I’m reminded of bobbing up and down on the water, thoughts coming in 60-second flashes between the breaths of a humpback whale feeding near our boat.
Now, like then, my mind moves away from all the hype to the only truth there is: clean air, clean water, wild salmon. That’s it.
My thoughts drift to the stoic face of Marven Robinson of the Gitga’at First Nation in Hartley Bay — to the people whose way of life depends on stopping this project.  MORE

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