Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – Keystone XL Protest in Ottawa – September 29, 2011

CFN – I spent this past Monday morning in Ottawa at Parliament Hill, feeling compelled to support the people who traveled on this day to peacefully protest the proposed XL pipeline.
I have read various reports/sharings on the affects tar sand projects are having on surrounding populations and environments.
They do not paint a pretty picture.  So I readied myself for this trip not really knowing what to expect and preparing myself for a range of possible scenarios.
I went with the intention to return home safely that evening so was there to support the message of “no XL pipeline” to Prime Minister Harper and lend moral support to the many that were prepared and did cross the picket line with their message of “respect for earth before profit”.

As I approached Parliament Hill on foot with my two associates that I had carpooled with to this location, I had hoped to see a mass of concerned people spilling over the sidewalks and streets leading up to the hill.  Numbers are after all a major driving force in such an initiative. This was not to be, however a large crowd of people had gathered on the hill from many parts of our country.  Alberta, British Columbia, Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto, Montreal to name a few.  I was deeply touched to be in the company of so many who out of their concern for our living earth were willing to make this stand for the future of their grandchildren, your grandchildren and all the lives that share this planet with us. There were many well-known “celebrity” names and faces present (Tantoo Cardinal, Elizabeth May and Maude Barlow to name a few) however what struck me more than these were the regular Mr. or Ms. Smith who were present; the children and students who wanted to lend their support and heart to sending the message “the time is now to put people and the health of our planet before profit”.  “If we don’t take care of this land, the land will not take care of us”.
In conjunction with this physical demonstration there have been many who have sent notes to Mr. Harper ( expressing their concerns about this proposed pipeline.  Asking Mr. Harper to STOP the exploitation of the land and the proposed pipeline.  Knowing Mr. Harper is entrusted with the responsibility of a decision that will affect generations to come, citizens are asking Mr. Harper in his wisdom to examine his motives and conscience, and to consider the greater and lasting good more than the short term economic gain when ruling on this proposed project,

In the words of one of our Earth Matters readers, our Prime Minister “is representing Canadians at a time when crisis and opportunity meet on many critical global issues.” The effects of the decisions concerning this proposal extend well beyond our borders, beyond our lifetime and that of our great-grandchildren.  We extend our advance heartfelt thanks to Prime Minister Harper for his careful and objective consideration of the pipeline proposal.

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  1. “That consciousness acknowledges that while a certain tree, forest, or mountain itself may not be holy, the life-sustaining services it provides—the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink—are what make existence possible, and so deserve our respect and veneration.” Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

  2. My heartfelt thanks to Nadine Lucki (2020 Vision Leadership Initiatives) who allowed me to borrow some of her wise words penned in her letter to Prime Minister Harper. Thank you for all the work you do to make this world a better place. You are an inspiration.

  3. Instead of “concern for our living earth”, which is slated for a fiery, divine judgment, one should be concern their eternal soul, as they face the judgment of God to come. See how this earth will be cleansed of all the Christ hating sinners-

    “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”(2 Peter 3:10-13).

    This fiery, divine judgement will not be a nuclear holocaust, not even because of global warming, but God’s righteous judgment upon sinners for their open rebellion against the rule of God and His Christ. God is going to judge those that corrupt, defile this earth by their SINS, like the blood of all the aborted babies that cry to God for vengeance! Revelation 19:2 ” For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand”.

    So stop trying to save this corrupted earth, and start thinking about the time you will give an account before God for your rebellious, sinful life. All have sinned, there is none righteous, there is none that doeth good, religious works will not save you – sinners who love their sins will face a eternal hell of God’s righteous wrath!

  4. The preacher has it wrong again. The earth will be destroyed on Friday October 28th by a bombardment of meatballs thrown by the ONLY true god, The Flying Spaghetti Monster! The reason for His anger at humanity is that the Liberal Party of Ontario probably won’t be re-elected with a majority. The only way we can avoid this horrible death (drowning in meatballs), is to get out there on Thursday and vote Liberal. And that is The Truth!!

  5. vote liberal, you got to be kidding. The Liberals are the ones that have gotten us into this mess! Socialism at its worse! And all liars to boot!

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