Update from the Tree Top Resistance and the Holmes Creek Protectors Camp
Protect the Planet – Stop TMX!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/304345494109253
On August 3rd Simon Fraser University health sciences professor Dr. Tim Takaro raised himself 75 feet off the ground into a hanging tent suspended where Holmes Creek meets the Brunette River in New Westminster. He remained in the tree camp until 10 days later Kurtis Baute – a well known environmental scientist, took over. Meanwhile, the Holmes Creek Protectors Camps has provided around the clock support for the tree camp.
Two weeks in – they are still firmly in place.
Why is this tree top protest taking place?
The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) Pipeline current construction schedule requires they log trees the area before September 15, when the already sensitive salmon habitat becomes even more precarious. The plan is to force Trans Mountain to miss this deadline – further delaying construction of this unnecessary and dangerous Tar Sands pipeline – as we continue to work together to build a movement to cancel the TMX pipeline altogether!
Join Climate Convergence in supporting this initiative, by giving space to the organizers to explain its importance, what the most recent updates are, and how we can support the effort, as well as how an action such as this fits into our larger work of building a climate justice movement. There will also be time for questions and answers.
DR. TIM TAKARO: Dr. Takaro is a SFU Health Science Professor trained in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and University of Washington. He participated heavily in the TMX review processes, including producing two extensive reports and participating in the public hearings.
KUSTIS BAUTE: Reporting live form the treetops! Kurtis has Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph. His videos explaining science and climate change have almost 10 million views on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScopeofScience/
SARA HALL: Sara has been organizing with Extinction Rebellion Vancouver, who have taken an active role in organizing and sustaining the Holmes Creek Protections Camp, since March 2019. In another lifetime she researched social movements, immigration, and identity politics in France and Western Europe. She is now happy to be organizing and contributing to the movement for climate justice on the unceded Coast Salish territories where she grew up.
ALISON BODINE: Climate Convergence organizer, journalist, author and researcher with a focus on environmental, Latin American and immigration issues. Most recently, Alison’s articles have been published internationally by Venezuelanalysis, Global Research, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), Common Dreams, Orinoco Tribune and Counterpunch. A emphasis of her research has been the disastrous impact of war on the environment, which she has spoken about at international conferences in Latin America and the United States.
This event takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
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