Kairos Vernon takes a look at pipelines

The president of the Shuswap Environment Action Society makes a presentation on tankers and pipelines in Vernon on April 2

Editor’s note: The following is from Kairos Vernon.

Kairos Vernon is presenting No Tankers No Pipelines at All Saints Anglican Church, tonight  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This video and PowerPoint presentation features Jim Cooperman, president of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society. Believing that what you don’t know can hurt you, Cooperman will provide his insightful perspective on the politics, pollution problems and passions surrounding pipelines, tar sands and fracking while addressing their extensive environmental and economic impacts.

Everyone is welcome to come and be inspired to “be the change you wish to see” in the world with this timely talk from an impassioned advocate for positive change.

The Fraser Declaration opposing the pipeline has been signed by 130 First Nations chiefs. As well, the Union of BC Municipalities passed two resolutions at its 2011 convention opposing tanker traffic on the West Coast and the proposed pipeline. The Alberta Federation of Labour opposes the pipeline project and told the review panel, “The Northern Gateway pipeline is not in the public interest because it would result in the loss of tens of thousands of potential jobs in upgrading, refining and petro-chemical production.”

There is a growing awareness that B.C. would have to absorb all the environmental risks of this project, including jeopardizing its fishery and tourism industries.

The pipeline is proposed to go through the Coast Range Mountains and cross and follow many streams and rivers. Yet, Kitimat has had two earthquakes just in the last year.

In Kitimat, where there are tankers as long as the Empire State Building is tall, Haisla First Nation elder and carver Sammy Robinson, when asked about the likelihood of a tar sands tanker spill, said, “I know there will be an accident, no ifs about it.”

Everyone is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted at the door if you wish to donate towards expenses.

All Saints Anglican Church is at 3205-27th St., with parking off 26th St.