Monday, January 24, 2022

Canada is at a crossroads and the Wet’suwet’en are in its crosshairs


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Wet’suwet’en land defenders are in a battle with the B.C. government over future development of the oil and gas industry within their unceded territories. They want to protect their ancestral lands, water and traditional practices from the intrusion of industrial development.

On the other hand, our federal and provincial governments offer massive financial incentives to encourage fossil fuel companies to increase the extraction and sale of natural gas.

In Canada, burning fossil fuels accounts for 74 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the B.C. government says we can tackle climate change at the same time as we ramp up our fossil fuel industry.

This seems like pure cognitive dissonance.

At COP26, more than 100 countries pledged to decrease methane production by 30 per cent by 2030. And yet B.C. and Canada are providing hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to companies to increase methane production.

Hundreds of people in B.C. died from the heat dome in June and the landslides in November. According to climatologists, these events are closely linked to climate change. We owe it to their memories to try to prevent future similar events.

Both British Columbia and Canada have signed on to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Yet excessive force continues to be used to repress Indigenous populations when they try to protect their land from industrial development.  (more...)

Canada is at a crossroads and the Wet’suwet’en are in its crosshairs


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