Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Enbridge Pipeline increasingly represents a clash of conflicting Realities

 The conflict over the Enbridge Pipeline proposal to ship Alberta's bitumen across BC and First Nation territory  is quickly becoming a clash over opposing world views. For Stephen Harper and many privileged Canadians- the earth simply represents resources that can be taken and sold to the highest bidder. Their experience is that their water comes from a tap (or plastic bottle) and their food comes from a grocery store and they will defend to the death this economic system because they (mistakenly) believe their lives depend on it. 

First Nations people - and an increasingly wide range of informed Canadians- realize our food comes from the land and our water comes from the streams - and we must fight to our death to defend the Earth's natural living systems because they truly give life to us all.

Canada News: Walkom: Northern Gateway pipeline faces ‘unbreakable’ wall -

(Thanks to Derrick Jensen for this powerful insight) 

Original Quote:
"If your experience is that your food comes from the grocery store and your water comes from the tap, then you are going to defend to the death the system that brings those to you because your life depends on them.  If your experience, however, is that your food comes from a land base and that your water comes from a stream, well, then you will defend to the death that land base and that stream."

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