Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Julie, Well, he did it. Prime Minister Trudeau approved the controversial Petronas LNG plant planned for northern B.C. There were a lot of things going through my mind last night as I watched the announcement: anger, outrage, disbelief and frustration, just to name a few. I felt powerless as Environment Minister McKenna explained how thoroughly she and her colleagues researched the “science” behind the LNG project, and how they’re optimistic it will have little impact on our environment. And she said all of this with a straight face, as if it were actually true. It took about half of a second after McKenna said the word “approved” for my brain to jump to the thought I’m sure must have come to you too: Kinder Morgan is next. Seriously, are the Liberals going to trample on every single promise they made to us about their commitment to climate and what’s good for this country? My anger boiled over the top. I was so infuriated my dog sensed the tension and ran out of the room. But then something occurred to me just before going to sleep, something lovely and comforting that washed over me, calming every angry thought I was having. I went to bed with a smile on my face. That something was this: I remembered the force. Not the Star Wars force -- although, in my opinion, it’s pretty close -- but rather the force we British Columbians have that is stronger than any political party or government “decision”. It is a force that can not be stopped, broken, or deterred, and will always give us the motivation we need to keep fighting. It was the force First Nations and local communities used to fight against the Northern Gateway pipeline, a project many people thought was hopeless to try to stop, yet here we are, years later after construction was scheduled to begin and the thing is basically dead. The force I'm referring to -- is will. The sheer will of British Columbians to keep dangerous fossil fuel projects at bay, and our devotion to the communities we call home, will stop projects like Petronas and, if the time comes, Kinder Morgan. Dogwood organizers and supporters like you have will coming out of their ears. And there are thousands upon thousands of us. There are Dogwood organizers out in their neighbourhoods right now, fighting to protect our province and our climate. In fact, every day there are organizers out on city streets, at local community events and in their MLA and MPs offices. And they’ll continue to be out, with determination, to make sure decision-makers know that if they try to ram oil pipelines, tanker projects or coal export expansion through, they may as well pack up and go home. We do not give our consent to more fossil fuel expansion projects. Not now, not ever. Like most of us, I know you can’t always fight the good fight. You probably get tired or worn out sometimes. Or feel like you’re shouting at the top of your lungs but no one is listening. But even on those days, days like today where we all feel betrayed, you can make change. By donating to Dogwood organizers, you are making sure that on the days your will is running low, there is are still others out there, with their will stocks at max capacity, knocking on doors and pushing the movement we all believe in forward. Permits aside, the Petronas project and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion will never be built. Why? Because British Columbians won’t let them. It’s going to take the force of will, dedication, sweat, tears and resources, but we will win. And don’t forget, if all it took were permits, Northern Gateway would be under construction as we speak.



From: "Christina Smethurst, Dogwood" <dogwood@dogwoodinitiative.org>
To: "julie ali"
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:45:17 PM
Subject: The force awakens




Julie,
Well, he did it. Prime Minister Trudeau approved the controversial Petronas LNG plant planned for northern B.C.
There were a lot of things going through my mind last night as I watched the announcement: anger, outrage, disbelief and frustration, just to name a few. I felt powerless as Environment Minister McKenna explained how thoroughly she and her colleagues researched the “science” behind the LNG project, and how they’re optimistic it will have little impact on our environment. And she said all of this with a straight face, as if it were actually true.
It took about half of a second after McKenna said the word “approved” for my brain to jump to the thought I’m sure must have come to you too: Kinder Morgan is next.
Seriously, are the Liberals going to trample on every single promise they made to us about their commitment to climate and what’s good for this country? My anger boiled over the top. I was so infuriated my dog sensed the tension and ran out of the room.
But then something occurred to me just before going to sleep, something lovely and comforting that washed over me, calming every angry thought I was having. I went to bed with a smile on my face.
That something was this: I remembered the force. Not the Star Wars force -- although, in my opinion, it’s pretty close -- but rather the force we British Columbians have that is stronger than any political party or government “decision”. It is a force that can not be stopped, broken, or  deterred, and will always give us the motivation we need to keep fighting.
It was the force First Nations and local communities used to fight against the Northern Gateway pipeline, a project many people thought was hopeless to try to stop, yet here we are, years later after construction was scheduled to begin and the thing is basically dead.
The force I'm referring to -- is will.
The sheer will of British Columbians to keep dangerous fossil fuel projects at bay, and our devotion to the communities we call home, will stop projects like Petronas and, if the time comes, Kinder Morgan.
Dogwood organizers and supporters like you have will coming out of their ears. And there are thousands upon thousands of us. There are Dogwood organizers out in their neighbourhoods right now, fighting to protect our province and our climate. In fact, every day there are organizers out on city streets, at local community events and in their MLA and MPs offices. And they’ll continue to be out, with determination, to make sure decision-makers know that if they try to ram oil pipelines, tanker projects or coal export expansion through, they may as well pack up and go home. We do not give our consent to more fossil fuel expansion projects. Not now, not ever.
Like most of us, I know you can’t always fight the good fight. You probably get tired or worn out sometimes. Or feel like you’re shouting at the top of your lungs but no one is listening. But even on those days, days like today where we all feel betrayed, you can make change. By donating to Dogwood organizers, you are making sure that on the days your will is running low, there is are still others out there, with their will stocks at max capacity, knocking on doors and pushing the movement we all believe in forward.
Permits aside, the Petronas project and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion will never be built. Why? Because British Columbians won’t let them. It’s going to take the force of will, dedication, sweat, tears and resources, but we will win.
And don’t forget, if all it took were permits, Northern Gateway would be under construction as we speak.
But I’m going to be blunt now: this work, the work we all believe in, takes resources. And if you can contribute, even just a few bucks, you will push this movement further. Our organizers can do their work quicker and more effectively with your support.
It’s up to you how you want to move forward with us on this -- whether you want to share Dogwood’s work with friends, sign a petition or volunteer -- but honestly, in this moment, the most important and effective way you can contribute is with a donation of $50 or $100.
Our government doesn’t have the force of will we have. In its place, they have deadlines, obligations, secret deals and lobbyists’ demands. While those things are no match for you and I, or for the Dogwood organizers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe from a shady Texas oil company, their abundant resources are a problem. And trying to fight back without financial security makes our work together a lot harder.
I’m asking you to think seriously about making a donation right now. Before you decide it’s not a good time, please think about the places and people who matter most to you, and how they’d be impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposal. Obviously, whether or not you choose to give is totally up to you -- I understand a lot of us are experiencing tough times -- but if you are able to step up and chip in $50 or $100, I promise you we will use every cent to fight the Kinder Morgan tanker proposal that is threatening our economy, communities and waterways.
Together, with our force of will leading the way, we can win this fight.
May the force be with you (had to do it),
Christina

P.S. We know. We ask for money more than you’d like us to. But here’s the thing: we believe in you and we believe in British Columbia, and we know the majority of us do not want to see any more pipelines built through our province, blowing our GHG emissions through the roof and threatening the communities we love. Your donation gives Dogwood organizers the resources they need to use their force of will against the dark side. Join us.



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