Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Road trip to protect the Canadian Arctic from oil drilling
We're on our way from Toronto to the Supreme Court in Ottawa to help protect the Canadian Arctic.
The Court is due to rule today on the issue.
People in the coastal town of Clyde River, Nunavut — one of the most remote communities in the world — are protesting dangerous oil exploration in their waters. They are taking legal action to protect the Canadian Arctic and the mammals that thrive there from seismic blasting and their case will be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30th.
A five-year oil exploration project has been approved without Inuit consent off Clyde River’s coast, which allows seismic blasting — a process of firing loud sonic explosions through the ocean to find oil — as a first step towards dangerous Arctic oil drilling.
But it’s not just the oil drilling that’s dangerous — these explosions can disrupt migration paths of marine animals like narwhals, belugas, and bowhead whales, sometimes causing permanent hearing loss, and in the worst case, even death.
Join this brave community in their fight to protect their home and their traditions.