S.O.S. presents: Drawing the Line on Fossil Fuels

Maureen Karagianis

Save Our Shores

Monday, July 28 2014

SOS (Save Our Shores) is sponsoring an informative and lively evening at the Rollo Seniorsʼ Centre August 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

“Drawing the Line on Fossil Fuels” will focus on two presenters. The first will be Eoin Madden from the Wilderness Committee. Hailing from Ireland, Eoin traded in his career as a criminal lawyer and completed a post graduate degree in climate change. (The Wilderness Committee has been involved in issues since the 1980s, including the epic struggle at Clayoquot Sound to save old growth forests from clear cut logging.) 

Now Eoin works with British Columbians to stop harmful resource projects, from coal mines and port expansions to pipelines and oil tankers, and to move toward real action on climate change.

The second part of the evening will be a presentation by Gabriolan artist and activist, Nancy Crozier. Nancy travelled north with a Gabriola friend to see the land and the people potentially affected by the Enbridge pipeline. 

The Unisʼotʼen First Nation people are united in their effort to stop the pipeline which would pass through their lands. 

Unlike other First Nations who live in Northern BC in the path of the pipeline and have accepted cash settlements from Enbridge, the Unisʼotʼen are determined to protect their lands from such development.

Nancy applied to the Unisʼotʼen for permission to join their struggle. 

“The media call it a “camp” but it is much more than that,” says Nancy. “They are building a community. People come from all over the world to support their cause, by cooking meals, building accommodation and mending clothing, to name just a few.” 

Her drawings of the people and the camp come with individual stories. Seen here are just two samples of some of the pieces Crozier drew while she was visiting the Unis’ot’en First Nation in the Morice River camp, roughly 26 km north of Houston BC. Above, a pithouse is being built. Nancy describes it as a log frame then covered in a deep layer of dirt over which moss is grown. Below is Freda Huson, one of the spokespersons for the Unis’ot’en.

SOS is delighted to bring this informal evening together. There is no cost to the public, but a donation to cover the cost of the hall rental would be appreciated.