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      Climate Convergence Fights Back Against TMX

      By Alison Bodine

      On June 18, 2019 Prime Minister Trudeau issued the re-approval of the disastrous Trans Mountain Pipeline, the day after declaring Canada to be in a “climate emergency.” The sheer hypocrisy of this shameful approval, which tramples climate science and Indigenous rights alike, was a call to action for Vancouver’s Climate Convergence coalition.

      The Mountain Protectors, BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder-Morgan Expansion) and Climate Convergence joined together to call people “Back to Burnaby Mountain,” where construction in preparation for the oil pipeline expansion is already underway. On July 5, activists from all walks of life joined together for a tour of the Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm and Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House. Following the tour, there was a lively discussion about the next steps to take in voicing peaceful opposition to the re-approved pipeline expansion that is set to cost taxpayers upwards of $15-$20 billion.

      Also, during the month of July Climate Convergence organizers distributed thousands of fliers and collected petition signatures at Vancouver’s largest outdoor Car Free Festival on Commercial Drive, demanding that the Trudeau government cancel the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX). The great response to the table and petition was a clear sign that people in Vancouver and BC continue to be interested in how they can act against both the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and the climate crisis!

      To find out more about Climate Convergence and to get involved visit www.climateconvergence.ca, @climatewarriors on Facebook, @climate604 on Twitter and @climateconvergence on Instagram.

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