Blog 4 Peace…Climate Change from British Columbia, Canada

Here in British Columbia, the land is a natural resource for mining, logging, hydroelectric and offshore fishing.  The land in the north …. the north is relatively wild and untouched by industrial life..  Now there is talk, it’s more than talk as the building has started of a pipeline to haul bitumen from the tar sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta to Vancouver, BC where it will be shipped to other countries.  Bitumen is heavy oil with the sand removed.  A solution is added to keep the oil flowing.  The pipeline has been started despite the cries of naturalists and natives of the regions.  What a double-edged sword.  The jobs the pipeline will provide are in the thousands but and this is one HUGE but…there will be a pipeline going through Jasper National Park in the Rockies.  The pipeline will destroy the homes of many animals and wildlife.  What if there is a spill?  How many years will the area take to clean itself of the oil?  Will the clean up also provide jobs?  I, myself, prefer the wild.  The oil has been shipped by train to Vancouver in the past and is currently shipped this way which is probably as equally dangerous.  Still, all this fuel is going to pollute because there is a strong demand for it.  With the pollution comes climate change as evidenced by the forest fires and stronger hurricanes, We are not as cold here in the Central Interior as we were in the ’80s.  Destructive insects were killed off with the -40c weather but not anymore.

The time for change is now.  If there was no demand for oil and it’s derivatives, there would be no pipeline but our demands must change before industry follows.

 

45 thoughts on “Blog 4 Peace…Climate Change from British Columbia, Canada

  1. Zoolatry

    Well said, and there must be times when the needs of man and nature outweigh the needs of business and industry. We cannot destroy Mother Earth in the name of so-called “progress”.
    What kind of progress could there be in a future devoid of nature, with a humankind desperate for survival … if we do not come together now, face this challenge there will be little left for our children and generations to follow.

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  2. Timmy Tomcat

    We think that a train may crash and cause a spill but nothing like a pipeline. We have those arguing here as we have pipelines from “fracking.” We prefer nature too. Ah well we do what we can. Purrs

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Hey there my friends. When we think of trains, we must remember trains are often next to a river or stream. This fact is deadly cause the streams will carry that oil everywhere. Or instead of oil should I just say GUNK!

      Jean

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  3. greg-in-washington

    There is no oil shortage in the world or likely to to be one for a long time, so why all the drilling for it? Just greed you know. And as you said you are pumping it just to sell and ship it out to some other country! We do the same thing here in the south. You can’t fight big money easily!

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  4. Catwoods

    Well stated! There’s always a potential for an oil spill, as we’ve seen over the years. We just have to somehow change our ways or one day there will no clean water.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      It is scary to think about no clean water. However, our whole way of thinking of energy must change. NO more hauling oil….electricity is a cleaner energy but putting in hydroelectric dams ruins many homes for fish, spawning grounds etc.

      Jean

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  5. onespoiledcat

    “Right on” sentiments – pipelines can be huge trouble and right through a national park is even worse with all the wildlife. We are already behind the curve here on Planet Earth with climate change and so many other things – we HAVE to address these things now or there won’t be a very bright future…..for anyone.

    Hugs, Pam

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  6. caren gittleman

    this is so sad, I think I read that it is going to affect untouched land in Alaska too? That’s just horrific. Loved your graphic and how you incorporated the earth’s climate with our personal climate as well. Just beautiful. Praying they can put a stop to this nonsense of destroying our planet.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      The Pipeline from the tar sands will not touch Alaska. The path is from Ft. McMurray to around Edmonton and then through the Rockies, Jasper National Park and down towards the Interior of BC to Vancouver on the coast. Ths is the Kinder Morgan pipeline. There very well could be plans for a pipeline around Alaska.

      Thank you for your kind words about the badge. Thanks for noticing.

      Jean

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  7. Sherry Marr

    A switch to clean energy would provide jobs, and help the planet. But we are taking too long to begin making the switch. Nice to visit a fellow Canadian!

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  8. Cathy Keisha

    A very powerful post. Humans have tried in the past to stop pipelines but the rich corporations always win out. Money talks. We can do our part and hope to preserve nature and natures critters.

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  9. Gemma Wiseman

    A confronting situation. It can only bring problems, trouble and possibly heartache, not only to those involved but to our precious land itself. If only it could all be stopped. And your peace globe is so lovely.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      It is a difficult situation. Now, that I am no longer in the work force I can see the destruction humans cause to the earth in the name of progress. Thank you for the compliment on the badge. A valued friend made it for me.

      Jean

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  10. Charles Huss

    My recent trip to Germany showed that they are working harder than we are here in the U.S. (and maybe Canada too) to get energy from clean sources like solar and wind. The also do little things to save energy, like escalators that turn off when nobody is on them. Hopefully we can follow their lead.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Wind and solar power would be much cleaner. I wonder how efficient these alternatives will be on a massive scale. The problem is to get those in control to try these.

      Thanks for your input my friend.

      Jean

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  11. BellaDharma'ss LadyMew

    EEEKKKK that pipeline sounds furry dangeruss to mee an LadyMew! An LadyMew beein Ojibway does NOT want to see pipeliness going thru such a lovelee Park area. Shee sayss Governmint iss ‘rapin’ THE Land an Mother Earth will not bee happy ’bout this. An our weather iss gettig weereder than efurr an LadyMew sayss it iss a sine of THE times that Mother earth iss ree-voltin against THE miss-use.
    Mee puttin mee pawss together an purrayin fore Jaspurr Park to bee left alone an nice!
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

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  12. mommakatandherbearcat

    Doesn’t seem like there’s any good solution. There are going to be problems transporting – no matter the method. One thing that surprised me is how many goods are transported by barge/boat. For some reason, I thought that had dwindled – but it’s still big business.

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  13. angelswhisper2011

    We love your globe, Shoko, Tyebe and Budd and such a powerful message too. Some people only care about the money and don’t care about our beautiful planet😺Peaceful Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

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  14. Feral cats' videos

    I love wild land with trees and bushes and flowers, and no humans. It’s so calm and beautiful.
    We have destructive insects here, but scorpions and such are usually in smaller towns. In bigger cities, like where I live, we have huge winged cockroaches. Not dangerous, but can certainly give you a heart attack. They get inside apartments in the summer, and in summer nights they roam the streets in dozens. I’m afraid to walk around at night in the summer.
    One of my cats brought one home, leaping into my house through the window, holding it alive and kicking between her teeth. They like to play with them, think they’re toys.

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