PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUGUST 4 2020
“I didn’t expect to find myself living in a tree at 63 years of age.”
Public health physician risks arrest to draw attention to climate and health impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
Unceded Coast Salish Territories (VANCOUVER, BC) — A Vancouver-area physician is risking arrest today in an effort to draw attention to the health and climate risks posed by the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.
Dr. Tim Takaro is occupying several trees within a section of the pipeline that is scheduled to be cleared between August 1st, and September 15th. He has deployed and occupied an aerial camp high in the trees in order to remain in place for as long as he can. Dr. Takaro intends to prevent TMX from clearing the trees along the Brunette River in New Westminster, and is asking others to join him in a physically distanced protest.
Location of Dr. Tim Takaro’s Tree occupation:
“I didn’t expect to find myself living in a tree at 63 years of age,” said Dr. Takaro, public health physician and activist. “I am a public health physician who has been studying and working on policy regarding the health impacts of climate change for nearly 30 years. This threat has compelled me to put my body on the line to prevent construction of this climate killing project.”
“In choosing civil disobedience to block construction of TMX I am choosing a far lesser crime than that perpetrated by Prime Minister Trudeau, who continues to back this project,” said Dr. Takaro. “In addition to the direct health risks of the project, I am considering the future of my children, their children and future generations around the world. No short-term economic benefit can out-weigh this risk. This is the right fight, in the right place, at the right time to firmly turn Canadian energy policy towards the planet’s sustainable future.”
Will George, a member of Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Protect The Inlet, is supportive of Dr. Takaro’s blockade; “We at Protect the Inlet will support anyone willing to do direct action, as our window gets smaller and smaller to stop the construction of the pipeline that, if completed, will increase tanker traffic through our waters by 700%.”
Come to Hume Park, New Westminster, at 12:00pm on Wednesday, August 5th, for a peaceful rally and march in solidarity with allied groups. For event details visit the Facebook event page. We need to stop TMX to make way for a GREENER FUTURE!
- Jef Bradshaw, 604-803-1537 (general media inquiries)
- Will George, 604-506-8761
- Ziona Eyob 514-999-6596
Action for a Greener Future – Stop TMX
WEDNESDAY AUG. 5th, 12 PM – 6 PM
Lower Hume Park Sapperton New Westminster
Join Extinction Rebellion Vancouver for their 2nd event in their August Month of Action against TMX. We need to stop TMX to make way for a GREENER FUTURE!
Join us in Hume Park, New Westminster, 12 – 6 pm on Wednesday, August 5th, for a peaceful rally and march in solidarity with allied groups. This area is on the unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem nations and is home to eight species at risk.
RSVP & SHARE on Facebook HERE
- Hume Park, 660 E Columbia Street, New Westminster – look for the Extinction Rebellion banners! MAP
- From Braid Skytrain Station: 15 minutes walking
- From Lougheed Skytrain Station: Take #109 bus toward New Westminster Station, 3 stops to Hume Park
- Parking also available in Hume Park
Please dress for the weather and bring your own snacks, beverages, hand sanitizer and face mask, and anything else you need to be comfortable. Art, props and signs are welcome.
Protect the Brunette River from TMX
Please join us on
Saturday August 8, 2020, 9:30am – 5:30pm
at Hume Park in New Westminster.
DETAILS, RSVP & SHARE HERE
Physically distant witness tours are being led by Wilderness Committee, STAND.Earth and Dogwood Initiative, to see where Trans Mountain is cutting trees and the waters it threatens. Sign up above for a time slot; there is room for 15 people per time slot so we can stay 2 m apart. Please bring a mask and hand sanitizer.
This event is not wheelchair accessible. From Hume Park we’ll be going across North Road to an area near the train tracks. The dirt path is uneven and wide.
This is our moment to stand up and be counted for the waters we love.
Despite our best efforts, Trans Mountain plans to start construction on their pipeline in the Lower Mainland next month. They’re kicking it off in the worst way possible — cutting enormous cottonwood trees right next to a local stream.
The company plans to cut its way through riparian areas that feed the Brunette River. This area is on the unceded territories of Coast Salish Nations including Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem in Burnaby and is home to eight species at risk including chum salmon.
If those trees are still standing by mid-September, the company will have missed its window of least risk to fish and pipeline construction could be delayed another year. For those six weeks, we’ll be watching every development closely.