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Canadian child stands up to oil giant

| November 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

Canadian Ta’Kaiya Blaney may only be 10, but she’s also a great environmental teacher. In early July 2011, this Sliammon First Nation activist stood outside Enbridge Northern Gateway’s office to hand-deliver an envelope containing an important message about the company’s proposed pipeline construction.

Enbridge officials said they were unable to accommodate Ta’Kaiya, so she stood outside, accompanied by three members of Greenpeace, her mother, and a number of reporters and sang her song Shallow Waters. The video of her protest has hit YouTube and been viewed more than 53 000 times, and has raised global awareness about Enbridge’s plans.

Blaney co-wrote her song after learning of Enbridge’s bid to build twin 1 170 km pipelines to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands to British Columbia’s north coast to connect the tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The move would bring at least 250 oil supertankers – much larger in size than the Exxon Valdez tankers that coated Alaskan shores with oil – a year to the Great Bear Rainforest, an ecologically sensitive and significant region of Canada. Canada is facing other environmental threats.

Two ice shelves that existed before Canada was settled by Europeans diminished significantly this summer, one nearly disappearing altogether, Canadian scientists say in new research. The loss is important as a marker of global warming, returning the Canadian Arctic to conditions that date back thousands of years. Floating icebergs that have broken free as a result pose a risk to offshore oil facilities and potentially to shipping lanes.

The breaking apart of the ice shelves also reduces the environment that supports microbial life and changes the look of Canada’s coastline. Canada has the most extensive ice shelves in the Arctic along the northern coast of Ellesmere Island. These floating ice masses are typically 131 feet (40 metres) thick (equivalent to a 10-story building), but can be as much as 328 feet (100 metres) thick.

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  1. wilbert merel robichaud says:

    Are those ice shelves not collapsing every 40 some years?
    if so how can they have been there before Europeans?

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