MARCH 7, 2012:

Candlelight Vigils for a Responsible Canada

On March 7, 2012, people from across the U.S. and Europe gathered at Canadian Consulates and Embassies to mourn the loss of the Canada they knew in the past. The open pit mines of the tar sands are resulting in the destruction of the boreal forest, loss of caribou and wolf populations, poisoning of the water, and increased climate change. The proposals for new pipelines, including the Keystone XL pipeline and Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, put at risk clean drinking water in the U.S., while threatening Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest and the salmon, whales, and First Nations who live there.

Protesters in Norway, 3/7/12

Canada has long been a global leader in protecting our natural resources. Now, in very un-Canadian like behavior, the current government is interfering in the development of climate polices in other countries and trying to quell the voices of dissent that are rapidly growing in Canada—all in the name of extracting and exporting more oil.

This is not the Canada you knew. This is not the Canada many Canadians want.

Vigils were held in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (ME), San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, London, Germany, and Brussels.

Protesters in The Hague, Netherlands 3/7/12

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