Target: The Executive Council of the Government of British Columbia
Goal: Protect the spirit bear’s habitat from being destroyed by an oil pipeline
The energy delivery company Enbridge, together with the Canadian government, is planning on developing an oil pipeline through the Great Bear Region of British Columbia. This region is the only place in the world that the Kermode bear, otherwise known as the ‘spirit bear,’ can be found in the wild. According to the World Wildlife Fund, The Northern Gateway Project will consist of two pipelines that will transport toxic oil sands bitumen across hundreds of salmon streams. This toxic material has the potential to ruin the Great Bear Region’s ecosystem and destroy the spirit bear’s primary food source, salmon.
On Nov. 16, 2013 thousands of people gathered in downtown Vancouver for “Defend our Climate” day to protest the Canadian government’s plans to move forward with the destructive oil pipeline. As reported by the Huffington Post, ForestEthics Advocacy’s Ben West said that this fight is “so much bigger than any one particular pipeline.” He continued saying, “It’s really part of a much bigger conversation about the tar sands, about climate change, about indigenous rights, about the power of corporations—and the strength of citizen movements to do something about it.”
The National Geographic estimates that the spirit bear population is at only 400-1,000 bears. An oil spill in the Great Bear Region has the potential to endanger this beautiful species.
By signing the petition below you will help encourage the Executive Council of the Government of British Columbia to stop the Northern Gateway Project and protect the spirit bear’s habitat.
Dear Executive Council of the Government of British Columbia,
The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline will transport toxic oil sands bitumen across hundreds of salmon streams in the Great Bear Region of British Columbia. Not only is this disruption jeopardizing the delicate ecosystem, but it is also putting beautiful spirit bears at risk.
There are only 400-1,000 spirit bears in the world and the Great Bear Region is the only place that they call home. They rely on fresh water and healthy salmon to sustain themselves and the Northern Gateway Pipeline threatens their primary food source.
I am urging you to stop all plans to run twin pipelines across the Great Bear Sea. Tell Enbridge that you will not allow them to ruin the environment with the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
[Your Name Here]
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