November 24, 2014, by J. B. MacKinnon
I’ve been sleeping well lately. For the last two nights, that is. Ever since I was taken to jail for an act of civil disobedience against climate change.
As I write, more than seventy activists have been arrested in Burnaby, British Columbia, which is part of the conurbation centered on Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city. Within days, that number is likely to climb to over one hundred arrests, and maybe many more.
According to the energy company Kinder Morgan, the fight here is about two six-inch holes in the ground that they’re drilling to take core samples in preparation for a second oil pipeline through the area. But the view from the protest camp on Burnaby Mountain is different. From there, the pipeline looks like one more front in a relentless, eyes-closed-ears-plugged drive to deepen North America’s dependence on the fossil-fuel economy of the past, all without a roadmap, without even the beginnings of a roadmap, for how to deal with the most urgent issue of our time: climate change.
It’s not only a pipeline that will be snaking through Burnaby’s backyard. It’s an ideology.