On Saturday January 26, 2013, from 2pm-6pm at the Burlington Public Library, Hamilton 350 is organizing an event against Enbridge’s ‘Line 9’ reversal project. This event is in conjunction with twenty-six actions taking place in Canada and the US from Burlington, Vermont to Burlington, Ontario.
Line 9 is being reversed to move Tar Sands oil to eastern Canada, to be piped to an American port on the Atlantic. This move is expected to encourage and promote use of tar sands oil while introducing greater risks for polluting the watersheds of the 115 communities that it passes within 50km, including Hamilton and Burlington. The Tar Sands produces the dirtiest oil in the world – its extraction has devastated the Athabaska river and accidents in transporting the toxic bitumen have lead to more than a dozen deaths in Michigan, following a pipeline burst into Michigan's Kalamazoo river. All pipelines spill. If tar sands oil travels down Line 9, this thirty-seven year-old pipeline risks more frequent leaks of more toxic oil directly into the Beverly Swamp in the headwaters of the Spencer Creek, Hamilton's largest watershed.
The movie, entitled “I AM” begins at 2pm. The screening is sponsored by Kairos Hamilton/Burlington Committee, Hamilton 350, IDEA Burlington Interfaith Development Education Assoc., Greening Scared Spaces, Environment Hamilton, A Tiny Shift in Connecting Schools and Halton Environmental Network.
“I AM” poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world?, and what can we do to make it better?
Following the Movie, we will walk from Burlington Central library to Spencer Smith Park. The march starts at 4pm. We will pass the ESSO station on Lakeshore/Brant for a good backdrop for photos exemplifying a company developing tar sands and promoting confusion about the cause of global climate change.