Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Stop the construction of a pipeline off the coast of Vancouver that could decimate or even eradicate a population of endangered orca whales.
Soon, the orcas that reside in the waters alongside Vancouver, B.C. may be completely eliminated by an increase in oil tanker traffic. On December 19 the fate of the last few remaining orcas in the Salish Sea will be decided as the federal government of Canada votes on the Trans Mountain Expansion project. This project will add almost 1,000 kilometers of pipeline that would claw from Alberta to Vancouver; wreaking environmental havoc each time a leak is sprung.
These whales have long suffered from the presence of their human neighbors. From being ripped away from their families to be sold to amusement parks, to absorbing dangerous chemicals leeched into the water by local industries, the orcas have had trouble fighting for their survival. Currently there is a shortage of the whale’s most common prey, the Chinook salmon. This shortage has led to the whales facing severe starvation.
This problem is exacerbated by traffic from shipping liners, traffic that will dramatically increase if this pipeline expanded. This traffic drowns out communication between whales, and it causes the orcas undue stress. The whales will not move to another habitat because the one they currently reside in is critical to their survival. There is also the tangible threat of an oil spill contaminating the water; killing a variety of marine animals.
There are currently only around 80 whales left in this region. The Federal Canadian government is voting on this pipeline soon, so time is running out for these endangered animals. Sign this petition to stop this pipeline expansion, and protect the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean.
Dear Prime Minster Trudeau,
You lead the Federal Canadian government, which is voting on December 19, on the Trans Mountain Expansion project. This project will add almost 1,000 kilometers of pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver. This immense pipeline will go under schools and communities. It will exacerbate problems created by climate change. It will destroy the endangered genetically unique population of orca whales that reside off the coast of Vancouver.
You have the power to sway the government to vote against a pipeline that has the potential to wreak havoc on the environment and communities it runs beneath.
The orca population only has about 80 whales left, making them critically endangered. The increase in oil tanker traffic and the risk of an oil spill spell doom for these majestic creatures.
Canada is a country that is known for its pristine, untouched nature. Don’t pass a proposal that could stain your country’s environmental reputation. Vote no on the pipeline and put your support behind clean energy.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Christopher Michel