We > Tar Sands. Action for Jobs, Justice + the Climate

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 1:00pm to Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 1:45pm

The weekend of July 4 and 5 people all across Canada will be rallying for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. Here in the Lower Mainland on Saturday July 4 an event including music, entertainment and inspiring speakers will bring together unions, people of faith, First Nations, environmentalists and community groups  at Sunset Beach beginning at 1 pm.

The climax of the 2 hour event will be a human “line in the sand” to demonstrate our commitment to building a just and sustainable economy and stopping tar sands pipelines across British Columbia and tankers in the Salish Sea.

At the May 21 launch of this coast to coast event Melina Laboucan-Massimo from the Lubicon Cree, talked about the impact of the tar sands on her community; “In the future, First Nations can no longer be sacrificed.  We need a green, just economy. Workers shouldn’t have to leave their families for three weeks at a time. We do have alternatives and lots of skilled workers who could be employed in the solar industry.”

Well-known activist author Naomi Klein cheered the fact that the coalition “brings together marginalized people, Indigenous peoples, the largest private sector union — all united by what we have in common.” She observed, “This is a new kind of movement that recognizes that time is short and what unites us is more important than what divides us.”

Jerry Diaz, president of UNIFOR, whose membership includes workers in the oil and gas industries declared that: “we don’t buy into the false choice between jobs and the environment… We need a sustainable strategy for renewable energy. There will be no justice unless solutions are worked through with Indigenous people worldwide.”

The rally in Vancouver is coordinated by 350-Vancouver, part of the global 350.org network, with a large number of local organizations and volunteers working together to make this a success. For more information go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1714717358755801/ or http://act.350.org/event/greaterthantarsands/10563

Let’s make sure there is a huge union participation in this rally. It is our jobs, our future that is at stake – and the lives of our children and generations to come. (And besides, what a great reason to spend a summer Saturday afternoon at the beach with our friends and family.) 

Download PDF of event poster here.