Ecojustice Blog – Climate change, Special Update Posted on September 28, 2011 (updated: September 28, 2011)

Hundreds protest oilsands at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Hundreds of demonstrators arrived at Parliament Hill in Ottawa this morning to protest TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline project and say no to the oilsands.

The event was organized by Greenpeace Canada, the Council of Canadians and the Indigenous Environmental Network as a “historic mass act of civil disobedience over the oilsands.”

Dubbed the Ottawa Action, some protestors plan to risk arrest and enter the House of Commons in order to tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government that it’s time to stop supporting
the oilsands and instead embrace green energy.

We’re concerned about the oilsands, too. Here’s what we’re doing
to help:

Last Thursday, we teamed up with our American
counterpart, Earthjustice, to ask the U.S. government to denounce Canada’s oilsands developments, which are driving
woodland caribou to extinction in Alberta

In August, we looked at the federal government’s strategy for ensuring the number of caribou in Canada returns to – and stays at
– a healthy number. We found the strategy was inadequate and a violation of Canada’s Species at Risk Act because it writes off the herds in serious decline and ignores what caribou need to survive.

A study by the Alberta government found that local caribou could be extinct in less than 40 years if development continues at its current pace.

Help us fight to protect Alberta’s woodland caribou from the oilsands.

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