Sunday April 22nd was Earth Day

May 7, 2012 in Environmental Justice

Of the many events which occurred on Earth Day, OPIRG board members attended a rally at Dieppe Park, and a festival at Malden Park.

 OPIRG banner in the Rally at Dieppe park

The rally at Dieppe Park consisted of a crowd of people associated with the Council of Canadians, who are concerned about the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. The pipeline is planned to carry petroleum or “crude oil”, a particularly flammable form of oil, all the way from the oil sand’s source in Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia. From British Columbia, the petroleum would be sent to Asian countries via tankers. This oil is not only dangerous because it is flammable, but would be toxic to the environment and to water supplies that support the communities the pipeline passes through. The oil is also a highly valuable non-renewable resource, so to ship it such a huge distance, across some of the country’s most renown landscape no less, could be considered irresponsible use of Canada’s oil supply. Enbridge has already made a point of saying that they cannot guarantee there will be no spills as a result. (For more detailed information, check out this interview from OPIRG Windsor’s radio show, “The Shake Up” from April 6th entitled “Art Sterrit and The Northern Gateway Pipeline”. Here: windsorshakeup.com)Enbridge northern gateway route map

The people who attended the rally at Dieppe Park were frustrated with the Harper government’s priorities; where the economy is considered to be far more important than sustainability and the safety of Canadians and their environment. The people in attendance brought artistic displays they had made with highly informative articles. People also re-wrote songs to express their frustration satirically, with lyrics like, “Now you’re just a country that I used to know” and handed out the lyrics while a guitarist played each tune and everyone sang along.

The festival at Malden Park brought together some of the city’s volunteer groups, such as the Campus Community
Garden, Friends of Ojibway Prairie, as well as researchers, such as those from the International Upper Great Lakes Study. Also in attendance were businesses offering organically-made products. The Campus Community Garden had an interesting display, which allowed participators to compare the flavours of organic, fresh, and inorganic carrots. Seeds could be purchased from the Friends of Ojibway Prairie, a group that gathers those seeds from the Prairie in order to encourage native species. The International Upper Great Lakes Study handed out pamphlets outlining their extensive work. Windsor’s Green community continues to grow, and with it, the potential for a more sustainable
and intimate city.

Written By Angela Demarse

Photo credit : Angela Demarse, OPIRG Windsor

map credit : Enbridge Northern Gateway website