VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Kitsilano secondary school was the starting point Saturday as close to 200 students from area high schools and UBC spilled into the streets to raise awareness about climate change.

Members of UBCC350 went door-to-door, targeting Premier Christy Clark’s political neighbourhood of Point Grey. The group is opposed to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposed pipeline which is meant to carry oil from Alberta to Kitimat for export.

Sophie Harrison helped organize the campaign. She says canvassers collected hundreds of signatures opposed to the project. “Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline alone is going to ship as much carbon as all of BC emits. It doesn’t matter where this carbon is burned, it’s still going into the same atmosphere.”

Harrison tells News1130 they took the petition to the premier’s constituency office. It was closed, so the protesters left their signs at the front door.

“They are messages from the young, concerned citizens of her riding. I’m sure there’s no way given the passion behind this movement, given the fact that we went to literally almost every door in our riding, that she’ll be able to ignore our message,” she insists.
UBC’s George Hoberg also helped organize the event. He says the students he’s talked to are very worried about their future.

“And if all the proposals for new projects go forward we are going to be exporting six-times the amount of carbon that’s emitted within British Columbia. So we are asking the government to take responsibilities for those carbon exports, and we want to start with the Northern Gateway Pipeline.”

Protesters oppose pipeline in Comox

The Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel held two days of hearings in Comox. On Saturday, about 700 people gathered outside the Comox Rec Centre, where the hearings took place, to make their feelings known.

Many held signs saying ‘Burning Fossil Fuels = Climate Change’ and ‘No Oil Tankers on BC’s Pristine Coast.’

“Because we all share the same ocean and a major spill up there is totally unacceptable,” explains Marie Gaudreau. She traveled to Comox from Fanny Bay to protest the pipeline.

She says many residents may be hundreds of kilometres from the proposed Kitimat terminal, but they are passionate about keeping BC’s waters untainted.

The project is a proposed two-pipeline system stretching from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat.